Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mark 4:21-25 -- On Hearing and Shining

"And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?
For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.
If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.
For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath."
Mark 4:21-25

This is an interesting passage.  The candle part is probably both about us and about Christ.  We need to show our light to the world, and our light is Christ... his light is within us, and his example is what we spread.  If it were just us, by ourselves, we'd probably be sputtering a lot.  We need God to help us be shinier. :)

Then, it talks about nothing being hidden.  I think that this furthers the idea of shining to the world and being examples.  We can't hide part of ourselves and be doing secretive dark things while we're also trying to shine an example.  Doesn't work... we have to choose.  Get all of it out into the light, and make some good choices about who we want to be.  Eventually, nothing will be hidden, so let's start living that way now, and let go of the darkness, and be wholly light.

The ears to hear thing we hear a lot in parables, and it is basically God's way of saying, if you can figure this out, then live it.  Interestingly, it is followed up with "take heed what ye hear," which I think is perhaps telling us not to choose the darkness when we can see it clearly.  Everything will be clear, and we need to choose God and goodness.  Whatever we choose (measure/mete) will be returned to us... which is why we really need to take heed and think about those decisions.

People that hear will be given more, which means if we learn these lessons and improve, then we will be given more lessons so that we can improve further. :)  And if we learn nothing, we won't even be left with what we have now... we'll lose it all.  I don't think that this means that God is going to snatch our toys away, but all of this as natural consequences... if we learn, then we will have that foundation to learn more, and if we instead steal or become addicted or hook up with someone we shouldn't be with... all of those things that we "gain" by those actions are temporary, and none of it can last.

Today, let's spread God's light, and hear what he has to say.  Let's build on the lessons we've learned and make ourselves, and the world, better.

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