This week Rob looks at the parable of the tenant farmers and the parable of the wicked and faithful servant.
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.”
Isaiah 5:1-2, 7
- Some are acting like they are part of the Kingdom.
- This is a Kingdom of service, and not of dominance.
- In this Kingdom, our work is to care for people!
- While the world focuses on your past, in this Kingdom Jesus is most concerned with your present fruit.
- Tell the story.
- Who do you identify with in this story? Why?
- What do you learn about the Kingdom through this story?
- What do you sense God leading you to do differently based upon this story?