“The Popcorn Parable”
Luke 6:39-49 An unusual parable.
The introduction for this text today is verses 37 & 38 which we touched on last week. Verse 37 contained 3 very key words as the subject Jesus was preparing to teach about: Judging, Condemning, and Forgiving. Jesus points us to the important inter-related concept in verse 38, ‘give with the good measure’, and He amplifies what He means by that in our subsequent verses today. So Luke presents these ideas that follow as a parable, while Matthew just cited them in the midst of various lessons that Jesus taught.
Verse 39 is the key principle about choosing wisely who we follow: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch.” ______________________________________
Jesus continues the theme of sight in verses 41 & 42 using a bit of humor here, painting the 1st of 3 pictures in this “parable”. He says, ‘Imagine having a plank in you eye and telling someone their contact lens has slipped.’ (my paraphrase) ____________________________
Now we move to scene number 2, verses 43-45. This is the image of the tree and the fruit. ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ It appears Jesus is lifting this teaching directly from Psalm 1:1-6. This wisdom Psalm illustrates the divide between the wise man and the foolish man, the good man and the evil man. Jesus brings this image to His disciples and to us. We reap as we sow! The man who has wisdom is the man who keeps His eyes on Jesus.
The final picture in our popcorn parable begins with a direct question. “Why do you call Me ‘Lord,’ Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” (vs. 46) If believing is an action, following through on our convictions, then Jesus wants to know why those claiming His Lordship are lacking in their obedience. Verse 47 makes the question come alive and points to the illustration of verses 48 & 49. There are two outcomes, Jesus is saying.
Hearing, believing , obeying. Living by faith and surviving the storms of judgment.
Hearing, feigning belief, putting on a good show. Destruction. Washed away in the judgment. __________________________________________________________________
So the moral of the story as illustrated by this 3 scene parable is follow Jesus and you will bear good fruit and be saved on the day of destruction. Don’t judge, that is God’s job. Don’t condemn or condemnation will fall upon you. Forgive, just as you have been forgiven.
STAY IN THE LOOP
GET THE LATEST NEWS, EVENTS, AND SERMONS DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX