Summary: All we have and know comes from God
Our Divine Origin
October 23, 2011
Tonight we’re going to take a look at a parable spoken by Jesus in the sixth chapter of Luke. A large crowd had gathered around Him to be healed of their diseases, and He began to teach them:
And he spake a parable unto them,
Now don’t forget that a parable is a story with an intended meaning. I’ve heard it preached that Jesus used them so that everyone could understand His message better, but it’s actually quite the opposite. Over in Matthew 13 Jesus was speaking to a large group of people, and He told the parable of the sower and the seed:
And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear (Mt. 13:10-16).
And over here in Luke with another large group of people, Jesus speaks yet again in a parable:
Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?
The picture Jesus paints is one of a blind man trying to lead another blind man in the way. Can you imagine? Neither of them can see the ditch; neither knows the way! And so as they’re groping along together the leader and the follower both fall off the road. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear (Mt. 13:16).
Now think a little about that and compare it against another verse:
When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven (Mt. 16:13-17).
Now here’s the principle I want you to see: spiritual sight and spiritual leadership are both of divine origin. The blind will lead the blind into a ditch, but our eyes have been opened and our ears have been made to hear by the Father which is in heaven. The saying is true:
It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that has heard, and has learned of the Father, comes unto me (Jn. 6:45).
One of the biggest problems throughout all of time has been the blind leading the blind. But God has caused us to see, and He’s given some of us the gift to teach along with our sight so that we can lead and walk the narrow path that leads to eternal life.
Let’s phrase it another way:
40The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.
The blind can’t lead the blind without falling into the ditch, and the disciple follows the master. The followers will be like the leader. These people followed blind Pharisees and would reject the true Master because they were blind: every one that is perfect shall be as his master. But we are taught of God. Our eyes are opened by Him and we see the way. We have known Him and we know where He is going:
Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him (Jn. 14:5-7).