The lesson on November 22, 2020 was part 4 of the "Hermenuetics" study. The focus this week was on Parables and how it is important to understand why Jesus used them and for what purpose they served. Wayne spent the first ten minutes of this lesson to remind us of the problem we have in America when we have two parties not identifying the real problem, which is a spiritual problem with America. Until we fix that, we will not solve our national problems. We then looked at the word "Parable" and was reminded of the Greek "παραβολή" words that mean "throwing along side". Parables were used when Jesus was teaching about the Kingdom of Heaven and showing Old Testament prophecy being literally fulfilled by Jesus. We looked at Isaiah 35:5 being fulfilled in Matthew 11:4 KJV. Wayne reminded us of when the disciples asked why he was speaking to them in parables in Matthew 13:10-13 KJV. Jesus responded "11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand." The scripture reading was from Jeremiah 33:24-26 KJV
This series was taught by Mike Penny of the Open Bible Trust. "10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
This study series looks at the Family responsibilities discussed in Ephesians 6:1-9. It is taught after the Ephesians 5 Study by Derek McCammon. Ephesians 6:1-9 KJV "1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Ephesians 5 KJV 1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Purpose of the Study Papers on “The Mystery” by C.E. McLain, 1987 - "And to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 3:9) KJV.