Scripture selection: Luke 8:17

“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.”

It was both cryptic and intriguing.

After teaching the people with parables, and even being challenged as to why he did, Jesus said that one day everything would be crystal clear and fully understood.

In the meantime, however, there would be certain things about life in the kingdom of God that would remain a mystery – even offensive – to others.

Maybe that is one reason why certain approaches to the faith developed which seek to find hidden spiritual truths in everything the scriptures have to say.  I think that can be an interesting, but potentially hazardous practice, if done too much.

On the other hand, I can appreciate why Jesus uses things like seed, light, leaven, water, bread, wine to speak of powerful spiritual truths.

In the end, until all is made clear, Jesus encouragement should lead us on: “Therefore consider carefully how you listen.”

Like tidbits of wonderful truth, we are invited to consume them one small bite at a time.

Then one day, one glorious day, we will all sit at the table and feast on all the answers we have been seeking for so very long.

Until then, we must be patient.

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