35 An ear to hear in a fight

Luke 8:16-18
Isaiah 42:18-25
T Be a candlestick brightening light

 "Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, in order that those who come in may see the light. For nothing is hidden that shall not become evident, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come to light. Therefore take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him shall more be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him." (16-18) The text of this morning is a very fragmentary thing, but, as the one which completes a commentary of Jesus to continue "the parable of planting seeds", Luke took it from the document which he gathered (same thing is in the Sermon on the Mount of Matthew 5:15) and would add it to here. As for these are becoming fragmentary; it seems that it is a message of Luke, but he put it as a message of Jesus in here. Will not it be how he heard a message of Jesus? I want to investigate the central part of this message of Jesus that he heard, from here.

 Because it seems to be scattered at a glance, I want to look at them by each verse carefully. At first, it is from Verse 16. Perhaps, "the light" is a candlestick. I got an old Persia's(?) candlestick which was given from the curio enthusiast, very before. We have made that replica with clay, and we have put olive oil in it and have turned on a light. It was a dim small light, but it was the warm light very much. It is put on the candlestick. It is written in Matthew thus, "and gives light to all who are in the house"; and I imagine that they put some candlestick and devised it to light up the whole room. Surely, I think, it was to see the light itself. "In order that those who come in may see the light"; it will be that the light itself was the service to the people who invited than the effect that the light lights up the circumference brightly. Now we know that light itself charms us as the leading role, but Ru-Mi-Narie performed in a Christmas season in Kobe is that good example. Probably, "the light" points at Jesus. Including John 1:9 which was written "There was the true light which coming into the world, enlightens every man.", there is a lot of testimony in the New Testament, and it draws Jesus as "light of the world". Then, will not candlesticks be the disciples? The sent disciples are going to raise Jesus who is the light of the world. And it seems that Luke himself wishes to be such a candlestick, too. It seems that it was his message which was wanted to the churches of those days (and modern us) to become so.


U Power of the darkness is now

 The second is from Verse 17. But, here, perhaps it is repeated as a same thing twice as "anything is hidden", and as "anything secret"; it will be emphasized. When it is said in the Bible as an "anything is hiding" and as "anything secret", it is overwhelmingly to point at God; but, I think there will be an undercurrent of the consciousness of Luke here, Jesus said "And those beside of the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart." (12). The devil stays under common sense of the world, a mask called a scientific quite good thing, and forms the world that is incompatible with the words of God among us as one who pulls the strings. Luke would look minutely through a work which he built the church in many parts of the world with Paul, and would nominate such a state for. In a church, contrary to a sacred part of God, it seems that there are many parts of clashing with the human ego / sense of values, and it borrows the name of faith. Sometimes, even one's correctness (often, correctness in faith) causes the fight. As if it disturbs to the thing that a church is formed and continuing. If the devil has set a trap skillfully, we can understand that many problems occurred in the church in all ages, don't you think so?

 It is said that it becomes "bare". Surely, Luke might connect this to Verse 16; after it would be lighted up by "the light", "a thing covered in the darkness", it will rise. It is felt that it says the devil who came out of the hideout of the darkness. Whether the devil advanced from oneself or was drawn out by Jesus who was the light, such neighborhood was delicate, but anyway, a confrontation of the light and the darkness began on the stage of a church; it constitutes a center of the commentary of planting seeds of Jesus. We've heard the disciples are invited to "the center of time" last time, but we may hear that time points at the confrontation of light and darkness, I think. But now, it seems that the power of the darkness are doing self-indulgently.


V An ear to hear in a fight

 It is the third. "Therefore take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him shall more be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him." (18) "What he thinks he has", it will point at "words of God" and "light", but it may hear "the faith to believe Jesus" or "the blessing of God", I think. Anyway, it may point at he was recognized being His people by God; and "whoever does not have", it means the admitting as "a person of faith" (a person of religion) without Jesus, I think. Therefore "whoever has, to him shall more be given", "whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him", it will ask us whether our faith to believe Jesus is genuine. "I was baptized and became a member of ** church", it is not connected with "I am a member of the country of God"; and "I became a clergyman or an officer of the church", it will be irrelevant to the real thing. Often, there would be such people who caused the confusion of the church; and there would be such situation in those days that Luke felt doubt that such people plunged the church into confusion. The devil defeated by Jesus who kept the way to the cross, began to pick the last fight for Jesus with the human being / believers of God who are easier to deal, we must hear it.

 Surely, the people who do not aim at "Real faith to believe Jesus" by putting the specific gravity on the clergyman or an officer will be done the prey of the devil. Not such outskirts but we must hear the cross of Jesus is "the forgiving of my sin". The true faith, it is there. The true church is not in such outskirts by any means, but the local church seems to be often devoted to such outskirts. Luke carved in a heart deeply what Paul taught and said, "if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved;" (Romans 10:9), "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ." (Romans 10:17); from there, this message that we must distinguish the real thing and the imitation, would be born, I think. We must remember that only the one who heard forgiveness by the cross is decision of God to oneself is received to the true church, the country of God.

 "Therefore take care how you listen;", will not it be said about that? "The center of time" which I touched earlier, disciples and we are invited to there; but it is said to the modern church where the fight of such Jesus and the devil is unfolding. We devote our heart to words of God and must hear it, there. Because, we are also drawn by the maelstrom of the fight. We want to hear hearty thought of Luke, developing an ear to hear the message which the Bible tells.