Yesterday we learned about the prayer of importunity. We looked at Luke 11:5-8 as an example of importune faith and importune unbelief. Today, let’s dig a bit deeper and talk about comparative and contrasting parables.
A comparative parable is when you are comparing the main character and their similarities in the parable to God the Father. A contrasting parable is when Jesus is showing the difference, or non-similarities between the characters and God.
There are many comparative and contrasting parables Jesus spoke about. An example of a comparative parable is the one where the child who was hungry asked his father for bread.
8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
Jesus asked would the father give the child a stone instead of the bread. The answer was no. This is a comparative parable. He goes on to say, if we being ‘evil’, which translates ‘human’, would not give our children something that would harm them but we would give them the best we could, how much more would God give us all good things. Here God is being compared to the good father/mother who loves their children!
Yesterday, we also saw the friend who refused to help his neighbor until he could take the neighbor’s persistent knocking no more (Luke 11:9). This is a prime example of a contrasting parable in which Jesus shows how unlike God and God’s character is in contrast to the neighbor who thought of himself above his friend and his friend’s need.
The Bible does not contradict itself. If God tells us when we seek we shall find, knock and the door will be opened to us, and to ask and we will be given what we ask for, then that is the way to approach God and what we can expect of Him. When we are told through the contrasting parable of the neighbor who would not get up to help his friend until he pestered him to death that God is not like this unkind man, then we know we don’t have to do repetitive petitioning of the same thing over and over! If that were the case the Bible would indeed be contradicting itself.
In Luke 9 of some translations, it does say the following…
9 “So I say to you, keep asking,[a] and it will be given to you. Keep searching,[b] and you will find. Keep knocking,[c] and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son[d] asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish?
Why does it say this here, when clearly we have shown repetitive petitioning of the same thing is unbelief? This scripture does not mean that. It says to ‘keep searching and you will find’ or in other translations, ‘seek and you will find’. I didn’t just seek God forty nine years ago when I was first saved. I have spent my life seeking Him and His will and way in order to know Him on deeper and deeper and more personal levels. I sought Him as a child, I sought Him yesterday, and I will seek Him every day of my life in the future to develop and maintain my personal relationship with Him.
I haven’t gone to God knocking just once, but I have gone many times to ‘knock’ in search of deeper and deeper truths. It is the same thing with asking. I haven’t only gone to God once in my life and asked Him for just one thing. I have gone to God thousands of times to ask for whatever I desired or had need of that day.
The Bible tells us not to worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will have its own worries when we get there. In other words, God took care of today when we petitioned Him and He will take care of tomorrow when we petition Him about the new things that ‘tomorrow’ brought today. God is not a genie that grants three wishes. God is the born again child’s Father, Who is willing to give all He has on a daily basis! Hence, ask and keep on asking for our Father has all of Heaven and earth to give us!
It is so important to keep scripture in context and to read the entire passage it is in and not try to pull it out and make it stand alone. In order to have solid doctrine and truth, it must be found at least in three different places in the Bible. It is so important to view more than one translation, as well. This is ‘rightly dividing the Word of truth’ and it is ‘studying to show thyself approved’.
I hope if you had any questions, this has cleared them up for you, precious reader! God bless you! I will see you soon!
17 For the time has come for judgment to begin with God’s household, and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God?
There are times discernment shows you the good. There are times discernment will show you the bad, the traps, the set-ups, and the dangers. Thank God for both! When we see the good, we are able to walk into a blessing, be a blessing, or know how to pray so that the particular thing we have seen can go through to fruition if it hasn’t already.
When in discernment we see the plan the enemy has set up for us or others, we again know how to pray, answer, or stand still and see the victory of God! Recently, this was the discernment I experienced and I thank God for it! This was the second time in two weeks satan had used a particular person to try to trap me into saying something they could take to others as gossip with motivations I didn’t mean or feel.
I was shocked who this came through to some level because this person had been dear to me. I knew she had crossed over into a dangerous game of “run and tell”. I knew she had done it with others and I should have known my time would be coming. Momma always says, “If they will talk to you about someone else, they will talk to someone else about you.” How sadly true this has proven to be.
I made my words few and I waited to respond trying to choose my words wisely. No matter what you say in a situation like this, you just cannot win. As I went to the Lord about it, He impressed some things upon me. Many people think their day of dying and judgement is not coming or won’t be coming for some time. Heaven is full of surprised people! As Christians, the Bible says we won’t be judged but our works will be tried by fire. In other words, we can lose eternal reward for things we say and do, or we can gain a reward according to what our heart’s motives are.
When this person played this ungodly game with me, the Lord spoke to me and said, “Keep your attitude and thoughts and words where you will not be found lacking when you stand before Me, for no man knows when that time will be!” Was God pronouncing a death sentence on me? Of course not! But, He was saying if I were to answer to Him unexpectedly, would there be anything in my life I would regret coming up between us?
I ask you, dear reader, if you were to meet God unexpectedly, is there anything you would hang your head for, make excuses for, or be ashamed for others to know? On that day when we stand before God, all excuses will be stripped bare! All reasoning will be proven foolish and there will be no escape. God says for us to judge ourselves while there is still time! When we stand face to face with Him, it will be too late to rectify what He gave us every chance to correct in this life. Don’t be caught lacking! Nothing in this life is worth the permanence of loss with Him!
1 God is indeed good to Israel, to the pure in heart. 2 But as for me, my feet almost slipped; my steps nearly went astray. 3 For I envied the arrogant; I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 They have an easy time until they die,[a] and their bodies are well fed.[b] 5 They are not in trouble like others; they are not afflicted like most people. 6 Therefore, pride is their necklace, and violence covers them like a garment. 7 Their eyes bulge out from fatness; the imaginations of their hearts run wild. 8 They mock, and they speak maliciously; they arrogantly threaten oppression. 9 They set their mouths against heaven, and their tongues strut across the earth. 10 Therefore His people turn to them[c] and drink in their overflowing words.[d] 11 The wicked say, “How can God know? Does the Most High know everything?” 12 Look at them—the wicked! They are always at ease, and they increase their wealth.
13 Did I purify my heart and wash my hands in innocence for nothing? 14 For I am afflicted all day long and punished every morning. 15 If I had decided to say these things aloud, I would have betrayed Your people.[e] 16 When I tried to understand all this, it seemed hopeless[f] 17 until I entered God’s sanctuary. Then I understood their destiny. 18 Indeed, You put them in slippery places; You make them fall into ruin. 19 How suddenly they become a desolation! They come to an end, swept away by terrors. 20 Like one waking from a dream, Lord, when arising, You will despise their image.
21 When I became embittered and my innermost being[g] was wounded, 22 I was stupid and didn’t understand; I was an unthinking animal toward You. 23 Yet I am always with You; You hold my right hand. 24 You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will take me up in glory.[h] 25 Who do I have in heaven but You? And I desire nothing on earth but You. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength[i] of my heart, my portion forever. 27 Those far from You will certainly perish; You destroy all who are unfaithful to You. 28 But as for me, God’s presence is my good. I have made the Lord God my refuge, so I can tell about all You do.