Jesus and his Jewish Parables

I have started a new series at Prestoncrest titled “Jesus and his Jewish Parables”.  Podcasts of the lessons are on my Audio Lessons page.  As of the date of this post there are 2 lessons up already: “The Pharisee and the Tax Collector” and “The Good Samaritan”.

If anyone has any questions over what I’ve taught, feel free to use this post as a place to ask.

Peace to you,

James

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3 thoughts on “Jesus and his Jewish Parables

  1. Thank you so much for posting your lessons and having this spot available for questions. I am not able to attend but have listened to the first three MP3’s and feel like I am learning a great deal. Thank you for your time and effort you put into it.

    My question is on the kingdom of heaven. You mention you once believed the Matt 7:15-23 passages refering to end times but now see it as refering to the here and now and the kingdom of heaven being the will of the father. If that is the case, what is “that day” refered to in verse 22? It is this phrase that really makes it sound like a judgement day image rather than something refering to the here and now.

    Thank you again.

    • Jerry,

      I am so sorry for taking so long to respond to you. I read your question, looked at the passage, and then something grabbed my attention and I forgot to respond.

      You bring up a good question. From the phrasing of verses 22 – 23, it seems like a day of judgment. I think certainly this can have a more “end times” interpretation, but in the context of his original saying, I don’t think so. Rather it seems to be more about him setting up his Kingdom, and I would suggest that “that day” is after his resurrection.

      The larger context in Matthew 7 is about doing God’s will in your life now. Jesus follows up his enigmatic sayings of verses 22 – 23 with: “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Since this is the next verse and it is connected with a “therefore”, it seems to seal the deal for me. Whatever Jesus said just before verse 24 is about putting his words into practice right now.

      I hope that helps. Peace,

      James

  2. Please dont apologize for anything. Again, I appreciate what you do and making it available.

    It is interesting you mention the following stories/parables. I tried to look at those based on your lesson of them being a way of really bringing into focus the previous teaching. I saw them as yet another image of judgement and a judgement day. I thought the rain and flood harkening back to Noah and that judgement with rain and flood. When that judgement came some stood (Noah family, house on the rock) and others did not (like those Jesus said to depart because he never knew them). And after the flood or being refused by Jesus there is no “going back”. I have a difficult time seeing the day being after his resurection since there are examples of those turning toward Jesus after that resurection.

    I would greatly appreciate if you could let me know where you think I am off. Thanks again.

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