WALKING IN THE SUPERNATURAL SUPPLY OF GOD: THE THREE AMIGO
“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Luke 11:9-10 KJV (Please, please read Luke 11:5-13 in context)
We discussed parables in general in capsule 30, and I sincerely pray that it has made a difference to the way you see things. Most of the difficulties we have are based on the fact that we do not stick to the word of God. We allow tradition or personal experience to dictate things for us and unfortunately, these are two powerful neutralisers that can make the word of God of no effect (Romans 3:3, Mark 7:13)
Now let's look at the parable. Christ narrated this parable after teaching the disciples how to pray as an illustration of God's attitude and response to prayer. In other words, this is what to expect after you have prayed. Up to this point the disciples have never prayed intelligently before, so this makes the interpretation of this parable crucial. The TRADITIONAL interpretation of this parable is that God is like the friend who had bread, and that we need to persist, beg, badger and stay on Him because He is not likely to do what we ask at the first instance, but only with continued disturbance would He eventually yield just to get us off His case. (There are different variations, but the theme is the same).
I will like to submit to you that this interpretation is not correct because it violates the context, goes against the nature of God in so many ways and instead of boldness it makes you fearful and uncertain (Hebrews 4:16, Luke 12:32)
To start with, the generosity of this man is not based on love for his 'friend'. As far as he was concerned, the man was a nuisance that he needed to get rid of. God on the other hand is motivated by love (John 3:16).
Secondly, this man had his family with him, the relationship he had with the one begging, at best is casual. Remember we are to pray to our father!
Thirdly, the New Covenant Saints are not beggars, we are Joint heirs with Christ (Romans8:17, Romans 8:32). These are just few of the reasons why the traditional interpretation is so wrong. In this parable, Christ was not comparing this man with God, Christ was making a CONTRAST. The whole gist was that if this man who was not a good friend (because friends don't behave that way to one another) still gave, although not motivated by love, we should expect God who is our father to do much more and better. You will understand this when you read from verse 7-13.
“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Luke 11:7
Verse 7 is in direct contrast to the man with the bread in the parable. In case you have any lingering doubts, verse 8 makes it crystal clear. Christ went ahead and re-emphasised that this applies to EVERYONE (ask/receive, seek/find, knock/open). Also Matthew 7:7-8. This might not be our experience all the time, but it is not a good reason to impose our experience on the word of God, in fact it is dangerous! (Romans 3:4). There are few reasons why your experience might differ from what the word promised, but don't make the word say something else to suit and soothe your theology. Instead, find out why your experience is not complying, that is one of the functions of the Holy Spirit. (I will show you some of the reasons in the next capsule ). To emphasise this truth, Christ even went further to say earthly fathers who are evil give good gifts to their children how much more God, and to top it up He mentioned the most important gift any man can ask for, the Holy Spirit.
The purpose of the parable was to build up the confidence of the disciples in approaching God in prayer, to show the generosity and open handedness of God in His plan and love for us (capsules 14-18, 2016). To show them what joy it is to pray, the certainty of ASKING and RECEIVING, SEEKING and FINDING, KNOCKING and OPENING. But somehow men have twisted things.
WE ARE NOT BEGGARS, WHEN WE ASK, WE RECEIVE, WHEN WE SEEK, WE FIND AND WHEN WE KNOCK IT IS OPENED
I know what we have shared might be a shock to your system, but I pray you are open minded enough to consider the truths. Like most people my experience is not 100% compliant, and that is what drives me to find out WHY, so that I can make the corrections necessary (1 Timothy 3:16). We will look at Luke 18:2-8 in the next capsule.
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