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Re: Parables of Jesus bit by bit
« Reply #52 on: June 09, 2021, 03:47:33 am »
Are you sitting down?  I can only offer an alternative perspective.

A great many people use this teaching as an excuse to not give at all.  'I'm sorry... I cannot give (to this, or that) because I don't want anyone to know, or anyone to find out, or anyone to see me giving, because then I would lose my reward in heaven.  So then do they go give anonymously?  Sometimes.  Some do...  Most do not.  The simply excuse themselves and say things like "I give in secret" or "I give elsewhere."

In the parable it does NOT say, don't give (don't practice righteousness) -- don't do good works in front of others.  -It says don't let 'being seen by others' be the reason for your giving or good works.  Who cares if someone sees or takes notice.  You can only do so much in secret.  Elsewhere scripture teaches us to let our light shine so that our good works will be seen by others.  But again, don't let that attention be what motivates or captivates you, because you will become captive to it and in that way you will lose (trade) your reward in heaven for earthly accolades.  Bad trade.

The teaching is to give 'open-handedly' or without thinking...  Not letting your left hand know what your right hand is doing is actually a very old principle in which the right hand is considered the hand you extend to another (the hand that gives) and the left hand is the hand you keep to yourself (the hand that receives)  --in this the principle is to not consider what you give to be a determining factor in what you have received.  It's kind of the opposite of tithing-- which was the prevalent way of calculating what one was 'required' to give by both lawmakers and tax collectors alike in the temple system.

I agree, Mr E - Tweedle Deedle Dee

You agree with Mr E, Tweedle Deedle Dee....  then you see, you see.

All that Lori has written can be simplified and amplified and boiled down and presented by emphasizing just one thing.  Whether you are talking about acts of righteousness, or giving, or praying out loud.... "to be seen by men" is the one and only thing that makes what is otherwise good, 'suddenly' NOT good.

And it's not that you are seen that is the problem at all.  It's that that is the reason you did it.  It's the one that seeks recognition, that seeks praise for whatever it is they do (seen or not) that loses their reward.  It has nothing to do with being seen or not seen, and everything to do with WHY folks do the things they do.

When he taught us to pray for our daily bread-- it wasn't for 'the things we need' in terms of physical sustinence.  This thinking comes from the most basic and common misunderstanding of what "bread" is... He isn't speaking of physical bread here anymore than when he mentions it elsewhere-- or at the least you have to catch that he is talking about so much more than physical bread, because--

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry.  And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”  But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.’”

This (above) is one of those things that you have to understand, (like that parable in Matt 13) before you can understand other things.  We know this because he told us this exactly.  He said nothing of the sort concerning Matt 7 (and what Lori calls the parable of the Builders) but the principle holds true with all parables so I am looking forward to what Lori might share in this regard.


 

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