BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
TUESDAY NOVEMBER: 19, 2019.
TEXT: Matthew 11:16-19
KEY VERSE: Proverbs 4:7 “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
Parables are stories of common or historical events employed to present the gospel in an understandable way. In our society today we get such stories from the media and from daily interactions with fellow men. These stories can be employed in our preaching and teaching to make the people gain good understanding of the gospel message.
Parables are events which the preacher observed personally in his daily life or interactions which are employed to assist in conveying the gospel message to the people. Parables are applicable stories formulated by the preacher or teacher to convey his message to his audience
The parable of children in the markets falls under one of the three sources of stories employed for conveying the gospel message. This story presents a secular scene. The market is a secular business site. The children sitting in the market are in a secular setting.
Those doing piping were not doing so under Holy Spirit's inspiration, but in the normal way of children in a play. Hence the dance desired here was not in the praise and worship of God, but in amusement or entertainment. This parable is far from suggesting that Jesus favours the present dance in His church. His church is not a noisy market square. Alas, many have turned it to be so today.
His worshippers should not behave irreverently as children sitting in the market! 'Dance' was just one of the words in the body of the story employed to convey a gospel message to the audience. Here we learn that those who play the instruments of music dictate the response of the people.
When the singing and the striking of the instruments are geared towards making people dance, the people sing and dance, but when the music is geared toward spiritual worship, the people sing, lifting up their hearts unto the Lord.
Many of these musicians who have turned the church of God into a dancing church are not in Christ; their names are not in the book of life.
As it's said in the parable, “We have piped unto you and ye have not danced;” let the true worshippers of God refuse to be controlled by these musicians. They must never allow themselves to go into dancing in response to sensual music in the name of worship.
Thought for the day:
Parables are stories of common or historical events employed to present the gospel in an understandable way.
Song for the day:
Lord teach me Your word (2x) I want to know Your word..
Bible reading for the day:
Ezekiel 20-21; James 1.
PASTOR PAUL RIKA