The Parable-Driven Life: The Parable of the Sower (Luke 8:4-18)

After this (A whore was washing Jesus’ feet with her hair, so he forgave her sin. Coincidentally, a whore letting her hair down in front of a man was euphemistic for sexual union. Sexual union was also euphemized by someone “covering your feet.” Jesus simply ignores the obvious accusations that might result from this, and sees beyond her whoredom.), Jesus went around from one town and village to another, talking up the good news of the God’s Nation. The 12 were with him,  and also some women who had been made whole from hurtful spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalena) who was freed from 7 hurtful conditions by Jesus;  Joanna the wife of Chuza, the top servant of Herod’s property; Susanna; and many others. These women, like Beyonce, had their own money and used it to help Jesus.

While a big group was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable:

“A computer programmer went to work to put the finishing touches on a new program he was working on, one that would revolutionize computing. When he was done, he grabbed 4 computers to try the new program out on. As he inserted the disc on the first compy, the drive wouldn’t even read the disc; when he pulled it out, the drive had scratched the disc so badly it was unusable. On the second computer, the program worked just as expected, but after 10 minutes, the computer crashed because the computer didn’t have enough memory. On the third computer, the program installed fine, but never quite worked right because viruses and malware corrupted it. Still, on the fourth computer, it installed well, had plenty of memory to use, was not hindered by viruses and malware, and found the OS to be the perfect environment for its software. It evolved into a cloud-based app and spread like crazy once it hit the web.

When Jesus said this, he called out, “If your ears work, use them!”

The 12 Hebrew teenagers that followed him everywhere asked him what this parable meant.  He said, “you’ve been given the secrets about God’s Nation, but nobody else gets it, so:
“they can look right at it and not get it,
and hear everything, but remain clueless”
“This is what the parable means; The computer program is what God says. The computer that couldn’t read the disc are the ones who hear, and then the dominant script of the world (Technological Militaristic Therapeutic Consumerism) doesn’t allow them to really engage with it, so they can’t believe it, much less be changed by it. The computer without enough memory are the ones who get all excited about hearing about God, but they are shallow. They will go through the motions for a bit, but don’t ask them to change anything. When things get tough, they bail. The computer with the viruses and malware stands for the ones who might give intellectual consent to my teachings, but as they live their individualistic lives, they get so wrapped up in their own worries, money-makin’, getting laid, playing X-box, World of Warcraft, watching reality TV, watching has-been celebrities pretend to dance, intellectual elitism, campaigning for lesser causes, and they don’t get anywhere. But the computer with the good operating system are the ones with authentic and noble intentions, who hear what God is trying to say, give it serious consideration, and by being willing to change their lives for God, actually make a difference in the world – a big difference.
“Normal people do not place items on top of lamps. Normal people put the lamp is a good spot and let it shine, so that people who come into their houses can see. There is nothing that is hidden that won’t be revealed, and there’s nothing covered up that won’t be uncovered and shown. So think hard about how you respond to what I’m saying. Those who get it, will get even more; those who don’t get it, even what they think they get, won’t hold up after a while”

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