Posted by: Pauline | September 10, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday September 17

1 Corinthians 2:6-16

Being able to know someone else’s thoughts has long been a feature of science fiction, allowing us to speculate how life would be better – or worse – with the ability to actually know what someone else is thinking. But in real life, as Paul points out here, no one can know someone’s thoughts except that person.

Yet as Christians we have the privilege of having some of God’s thoughts made known to us by His Spirit. While anyone with a Bible can read the revelation God has given us humankind, only those who come to God through Christ are given insight to really understand His purpose.

Matthew 13:10-16

We like to think that we are fair- and open-minded, examining the facts carefully before coming to a conclusion. But psychologists tell us that in fact we tend to filter everything we hear through what we already know – or think we know. If what we hear confirms what we already believe, it makes our belief stronger, but if what we hear is counter to what we believe, we tend to come up with reasons why it is not reliable information.

In the same way, people who heard Jesus’ parables came away with very different impressions. Those who recognized him as one speaking for God gained insight into God and His purposes. But to those who saw Jesus as a challenge to their traditions, or who were only interested in the spectacle of miracles or of witnessing Jesus’ clashes with the religious leaders, the truths of the parables remained a closed book.

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