Rob Croyle begins a new series looking at some of the parables of Jesus. In this first parable we learn a little bit about how crazy generous God is, and are challenged with whether we are actually okay with that.
P’SHAT – Surface. The truth that is found on a p’shat level can be incredibly profound and profoundly applied.
REMEZ – Hints. The rabbi has hidden a special treasure that is unlocked with a familiarity of the Old Testament text.
DRASH – Inquire or Seek. Drash is the idea of truth hidden in story. Once a student has found the hint in the Old Testament text, they are given tools that are going to help them unlock and understand the deeper meanings of the rabbi’s teaching. It should be noted here that the remez in a teaching is always up for debate.
SOD – Secret or Mystery. Sod is connected to mystery and cannot be learned or taught. Sod is a supernatural gift from God (or we might even say the Holy Spirit). An example of this is Peter’s great confession (Matthew 16) where Jesus remarks that “man has not revealed this to you, but only my Father who is in Heaven.”
Ayin Ha'Ra — Greedy, stingy, self-centered, blind to the needs of others
Ayin Tovah — Generous
Our Vision — A movement of diverse people living out God’s sacrificial love.
Christ invites you to embrace and celebrate the Father’s incredible generosity.
Our Next Steps:
- Wrestle through the question, “Have I fully embraced the Father’s incredible generosity?”
- Wrestle through the question, “In what ways do I have an envious eye?”
- Find ways to celebrate the Father’s incredible generosity this week.