A Riddle for a King

Ezekiel 17

Our Old Testament and New Testament lessons for today are parables. The parables in our Gospel lesson concern the growth of the kingdom of God. The Old Testament parable might have left you scratching your heads. It’s from an unfamiliar book and the context is missing, so let’s take a few minutes to place it in context and make the meaning plain. 

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Why Did Jesus Send the Spirit?

John 16:8-11

When you read through any of the Gospels in the Bible, it’s pretty apparent that sometimes Jesus’ disciples could be pretty clueless. From the parables to his relationship with the Father, to the purpose of his ministry, to their future role in his kingdom, there was much that they did not understand. On the night he was betrayed, Jesus told them all that was about to change.

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Wise Fools

1 Corinthians 1:23-25

Jesus once prayed, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.” The leading theologians of his day had missed the things he spoke of, but Jesus rejoiced that God had revealed them to simple, unschooled people.

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