just thinking  Thoughts on Luke 11:29-36

In this passage (Luke 11:29-36) I had always thought Jesus was making three points.

First, that his generation is wicked compared to the Ninevites because they responded to Jonah and repented, and compared to the Queen of Sheba because she sought Solomon’s wisdom, but they - his generation - had Jesus, far greater than Jonah or Solomon, yet did not repent.

Second, that no one lights a lamp and hides it, but puts it out where everyone can see it.

And third, that the eye is the lamp of the body and if our eye is good our whole body will be filled with light, and if our eye is bad we will be filled with darkness.

I used to think these were three separate parables, but now I believe it is all one thought, which is this:

First, that just as God made Jonah and Solomon lamps for their generations, so he made Jesus the far greater lamp for his generation. 

Second, that just as no one lights a lamp and hides it, so God publicly made Jesus a light for the world.

And third, if our “eye” is good (receptive to Jesus) then our entire inner being is illuminated. If our eye is bad (not open to Jesus) then our inner being will be dark. 

So, just as God made Jonah and Solomon lights for their generations, so He has made Jesus the far greater light for us, and He has done so publicly where everyone can see, and therefore if our eye is good (looking to Jesus) then our entire inner being will be illuminated. However, if our eye is bad (not looking to Jesus) then our inner being will be dark. 


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