New King James Version (NKJV)
24 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
And He who formed you from the womb:
“I am the Lord, who makes all things,
Who stretches out the heavens all alone,
Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself;
25 Who frustrates the signs of the babblers,
And drives diviners mad;
Who turns wise men backward,
And makes their knowledge foolishness;
26 Who confirms the word of His servant,
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!
New King James Version (NKJV)
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly.
For those who have read my blog for any length of time, you know I have a Chihuahua named Gracie. Gracie is my baby! She knows it, too. When I pick her up and love on her, she nestles into my neck and always puts her arm around my neck as if to hug me. She gives me kisses and then cuddles into my neck, again.
I love Gracie and I am always talking about some cute thing she has done that day, because Gracie does cute things every day! I watch her and repeatedly I will say to my husband, “Oh, baby look! Isn’t that the cutest thing you have ever seen?? Isn’t she so precious?”
Gracie sleeps with us. I usually go to bed first and read until hubby is ready for the night. Gracie goes with me. She finds her ‘spot’ under all the blankets and snuggles as close to me as she can possibly get. When hubby starts to get in the bed, I hold my hand out so he doesn’t accidentally put any weight on Gracie whereby possibly hurting her. I always say the same thing, “Watch out for the ‘baby’.” You would think we actually had a newborn child in the bed!!
Gracie isn’t fed just any food. I buy special gourmet food for her. It is full of vitamins and minerals, and there are no ‘byproducts’ that can harm her! I research what natural foods are good for her and I know exactly what should be added to her diet to optimize her health! I give her vegetables that are full of antioxidants, and fruits that keep her kidney function at its best and fights cancers as well as benefits her cardiovascular system, eyesight, and keeps her from getting arthritis as she ages. I have researched what is best for Gracie from her head to her paws!
We live in Texas and have experienced an unusually cold winter. I knew it was coming. I bought Gracie sweaters, fleece pajamas, and fleece throws to ensure she was warm! I am not a morning person, but when hubby leaves for work he puts Gracie on the couch and I cannot go back to sleep until I get up and check her fur to be sure she is warm and to be sure she is not shivering.
Now, I have said all of this to make one point…if I love Gracie, a dog, as I do…I love her so much I go out of my way to see to it she eats the best, wears the best, stays in the best health, is happy, and knows she is adored, how much more so does God do this for us, His children??
Why do I do all of this for Gracie? Because I love her with all of my heart!! She is the apple of my eye! She loves me unconditionally and I feel the same about her! For all of her love and loyalty, I protect my sweet puppy with all I have! There isn’t ANYTHING Gracie will ever be without if it is in my power to give it to her!!!! Are you not more than a dog to our Heavenly Father?? He did not even spare the life of His own Son to call YOU and me His children!
Gracie doesn’t sit and worry if she will have food available to her all day, every day. She is not worried about where she will sleep every night; She has the best spot in the house! She doesn’t cower in fear when I approach her, fearful I no longer love her, or that I will punish her for something! She runs to greet me because she knows my arms are ready to gently hold her and love her! Why do we do this with God?
Do we believe for one second God will ever let us go hungry, cold, destitute, and devoid of anything that is necessary to life? If He watches over the birds of the air, will He not all the more take care and bless us?? The birds don’t worry. They fly and seem to know exactly where to light to find food and shelter. Are you not more than they? Will God not also provide for us, super abundantly, above all we could even ask?
How anyone could question the goodness of God or the fact it is His will to bless and give us all good things is truly beyond my comprehension! It literally defies what the Bible says. God not only wills to do good toward us, but fully intends to bless those who are His own!
Have a good rest tonight, dear reader, for your tomorrows are truly taken care of! You are loved and watched over by God, Himself with an everlasting love no person and no thing can separate you from! Know, even though you may not see it all now, God has everything you need on the way. Praise Him and trust Him in the wait.
15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.
New King James Version (NKJV)
15 My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, And from those who persecute me.
English Standard Version (ESV)
15 My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
Amplified Bible (AMP)
15 My times are in Your hands; deliver me from the hands of my foes and those who pursue me and persecute me.
121 I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? 2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. 4 Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand. 6 The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. 8 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.