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Luke Study #74 – Let There Be Light

The Gospel Of Luke

Luke 8:16 (CEV)

16 No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl or under a bed. A lamp is always put on a lampstand, so that people who come into a house will see the light.

Let There Be Light

Anybody excited yet to see Christmas lights up? As the days get shorter, the nights get longer, it starts to feel a bit much. November has been way more pleasant than usual this year, but in general the greyness of dreary November days shift almost imperceptibly into the early dusk and on into yet another lengthening night. Mornings are more difficult to handle as daybreak comes later and later, colder and colder.

Around our house the fireplace gets turned on a lot in November – not even because it’s very cold out, but because the light of the fire is incredibly comforting.

And so when we finally give the kids the go-ahead to put up the Christmas lights this weekend, I know I will find not-so-little faces sitting in the otherwise dark living room soaking up the hope and possibility of a tree full of lights.

 

christmas-tree

Christmas Tree

There would be no point in putting up the Christmas tree if we were then going to cover it over with a burlap, or hide it inside of a refrigerator box, though, would there?

That’s the obvious part of this parable. Light is good when things get dark.

There’s no point hiding the light that we have.

The point of light is for us and for others who are near to us.

So far, so good. But remember I said yesterday that we might have to wrestle with parables to understand what they mean?Journal Questions:

  1. What is ‘light’ in this parable?
  2. When should the ‘lamp’ be lit?
  3. What is a ‘lampstand’?
  4. Who are the ‘people’ who might come into the ‘house’?
  5. Where or what is the ‘house’?

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