Sunday, September 22, 2019

Newton: immediacy in the parables

Sunday, September 22, 2019
    After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
    —Luke 10:1-2 (NIV)
    I observe that Christ and His forerunner John in their parabolic discourses were wont to allude to things present. The old prophets, when they would describe things emphatically, did not only draw parables from things which offered themselves, as from the rent of a garment, ... from the vessels of a potter, ... but also, when such objects were wanting, they supplied them by their own actions, as by rending a garment, ... by shooting, ... etc. By such types the prophets loved to speak. And Christ, being endued with a nobler prophet spirit than the rest, excelled also in this kind of speaking, yet so as not to speak by His own actions, [which would have been] less grave and decent, but to turn into parables such things as offered themselves. On occasion of the harvest approaching, He admonishes His disciples once and again of the spiritual harvest. Seeing the lilies of the field, He admonishes His disciples about clothing. In allusion to the present season of fruits, He admonishes His disciples about knowing men by their fruits. In the time of the Passover, when trees put forth their leaves, He bids His disciples, “learn a parable from the fig-tree.”
    ... Isaac Newton (1642-1727), Commentary on Daniel, Darby and Browne, 1733, p. 60, fn. (see the book)
    See also Luke 10:1-2; 1 Sam. 15:27-29; 2 Kings 13:14-19; Jer. 18:3-6; Matt. 6:28; 7:16; 9:37; 24:32; John 4:35
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You know our world perfectly. Send us where we may best be used.
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