In the final week of our parable series, Jenn looks at the Parable of the Invited Guests and how this teaching calls us to be sacrificially generous.
*Sermon Notes: *
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.”
- In this Kingdom you are called to humility.
- In this Kingdom pride is destructive.
- In this kingdom you are called to identify and engage those who are alone, lonely or hurting.
- In this kingdom some of the benefits are only reaped in heaven.
- In what situation or with whom do you struggle to be humble?
- Who have you noticed recently that is alone and hurting and you can engage with them?
- Can you identify areas of your life that you go for the best seat?
- How much time have you put into eternity?
- When being generous do you have a tendency to think how will this benefit you?