Parable of the Householder

Parables by rule belong to a mode of story telling and work at different levels. Narrative mode of the Spirit makes use of parallelism. Thus realities of heaven and the earth are juxtaposed. In our earlier posts we had discussed the Father-Son relationship being sustained in the Bible the divine Will was fulfilled by God the Son. The same Jerusalem as a symbol becomes New Jerusalem coming down from heaven (Rev.21:1). where Jesus teaches his followers we shall always find he makes use of a spiritual truth as core value. Thus in the parable of the leaven he did not adhere to the traditional meaning that the children of Israel attached to leaven. Wisdom of heaven was bound in him symbolically as well as being the end of the Law of Moses. He was the Immanuel factor reconciling the realities of heaven and the earth in his person. The brief lifespan during which he walked the environs of Galilee has to be set in comparison with his eternal nature. In short his parables were the means to explain the kingdom of God.
Just as a natural observation has its attendant spiritual significance parables can be explained from setting forth some doctrinal truth to instruct moral lessons as well. Whosoever is designated as a scribe should meet criteria of knowledge and wisdom which are not one and the same. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding (Pro.9:10)”. Wisdom of Torah and rabbinical teachings are old and contains wisdom of God spoken and understood by many. But understanding of the holy that instructs any one to be found in the kingdom of God must bring every other knowledge subject to the excellence of the divinity and ministry of Jesus Christ. This being the case we are to focus on what Jesus in so many parables had spoken. All these dealt with some facet of the kingdom he represented in his person. The parable of the householder holds specific reference to the church and its administration. ‘Have you understood? (v.51)’ he asks his disciples. They did and it elicits the parable of a householder. A bishop or pastor is the householder who requires especial grace to deal with different needs of the parish. In the first epistle of Paul to Timothy we read various useful instruction (Ch.5). In the following chapter St Paul also warns how the church should deal with outside world. ‘Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded,…that they may lay hold on eternal life (Ch.6. vv.17-19)An overseer like the household brings order for his flock in which Old and New Testament are of sound doctrines and can serve as guide.


About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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