Monday, March 14, 2011

Abstruse Message


Abstruse Message

Jesus often spoke in an abstruse, or abstract way.

Here is a simple problem. They are travelling, and someone forgot to be prepared, so they had no lunch.

5 "When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread. 6 “Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

Jesus didn't bawl them out for being unprepared.
Didn't even address the deprivation they would all feel when lunch time rolled around.
He made a comment that had them all scratching their heads...
6 “Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.


7 They discussed this among themselves and said, “It is because we didn’t bring any bread.”

They didn't understand what he meant at all.
8 "Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? 9 Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 11 How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread?"

Jesus wasn't actually talking about bread at all.

"But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees."

Finally they got what he was talking about.

So what was the point in talking like this?
Was it to show his superior intelligence?
Was it to keep them on their toes?
Was it to show them that he was on a higher plane than them?

I suspect not...
It seems that Jesus took everyday moments as his teaching points. Making everyday moments into teachable moments.

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