One of the great teaching methods of the Lord was in the use of parables. In Matthew 13, the apostle Matthew decided to group many of the parables of the Lord together. In the teachings of our Lord, He made a comment that penetrates even the hardest of hearts, and frightens it so. “Hearing you will hear and not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive.” This frightens many because they wonder if they are exactly in that spot. Who would these people be, and who would be guilty of such things? Well, apart from the majority of the people who exist today, take note of what Ezekiel said, “So my people crowd in to hear what you have to say, but they don’t do what you tell them to do. Loving words are on their lips, but they continue their greedy ways” (Ezekiel 33:31, GNB). “Going to church” is on the outside, what is on the inside?
Ron Thomas preaches for the Highway Church of Christ in Sullivan, IL