Day: January 14, 2012

Have You Ever Been Alone With God? Part – 2

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When He was alone . . . the twelve asked Him about the parable —Mark 4:10

His Solitude with Us. When God gets us alone through suffering, heartbreak, temptation, disappointment, sickness, or by thwarted desires, a broken friendship, or a new friendship— when He gets us absolutely alone, and we are totally speechless, unable to ask even one question, then He begins to teach us. Notice Jesus Christ’s training of the Twelve. It was the disciples, not the crowd outside, who were confused. His disciples constantly asked Him questions, and He constantly explained things to them, but they didn’t understand until after they received the Holy Spirit (see John 14:26).

As They Were Able To Hear

Reimar Schultze 90x115by Reimar Schultze 

And with many such parables spake he the word unto them,as they were able to hear it-Mark 4:33.

What is your ability to hear? Is it in small measure? Is it in greater measure? Is it in full measure? Jesus spoke to His disciples according to their ability to "hear," that is according to their ability to understand in the inner man.

There are two kinds of hearing. Jesus said concerning the Pharisees: Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand (Matt. 13:13). Here Jesus groups the three most important means of perception into a triangle: seeing, hearing and understanding. Each one of them is then divided into two different categories: there is physical seeing and there is spiritual seeing; there is physical hearing and spiritual hearing; there is physical understanding and spiritual understanding because there is both a physical and a spiritual body. The physical man is born of woman; the spiritual man is born of God. This is why Jesus said:

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again (John 3:6, 7).