Matthew Chapter 13 – “Light Dazzles”
“And the disciples said to Him, Why do You speak to them in parables?” (Matthew 13:10).
Continuing on the theme of “I saw Satan falling like lightning from the sky” (Luke 10:18). Jesus reported what he had seen when Satan was falling from the sky. The word “lightning” can be translated (Strongs 796) “Glare“. Satan was striving to go up into heaven and rule. Then he was described as falling down like “lightning”.
This describes 1) a flash of lightning or 2) an intense glare
The blinding glare that Satan experienced was caused by the holiness and glory of the Lord. For Satan, it was like running out of oxygen or getting too close to the sun. Satan had to retreat to where he could survive and be more comfortable. For the holiness of God was causing great discomfort and agony for an evil person to be so near. This is similar to an old movie where a priest holds up a cross to a vampire and the evil beast hisses and screams in terror.
Back to the Bible
“And the disciples said to Him, Why do You speak to them in parables?” (Matthew 13:10).
This question of why Jesus spoke and taught in parables is an excellent question. This is a mystery of the kingdom. This was a new dynamic way of teaching. To some that heard them, it was nothing more than perplexing riddles.
Why didn’t this Rabbi teach plainly and easy to understand language?
Matthew Henry in his commentary on Matthew gives an interesting interpretation on this subject; “A parable, like the pillar of cloud and fire, turns a dark side towards Egyptians, which confounds them, but a light side towards the Israelite, which comforts them, and so answers a double intention. The same light directs the eyes of some but dazzles the eyes of others” (Matthew Henry).
So it could be said that Luke 10:18 and Matthew 13:10 have contained within them a similar spiritual message. The WORD (Bible) contains the TRUTH of Wisdom. The WORD allows us to see ourselves as if in a mirror. It compares and contrasts the spiritual conditions of good and evil and offers a solution to our spiritual maladies which is LOVE.
“For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing apart of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight, but all things are naked and opened to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:12-13).
Jesus often taught the Word in parables. The parables are for those who are willing to listen and to and obey them
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Revelation 2:29).
It is intended for those to whom the sacred things of God can be revealed. It also exposes the condition of our hearts. It separates the goats and the sheep. And it exposes the good and the evil. So as in the description of Satan that Jesus described, “light” (or “lightning“) directs the eyes of good people to TRUTH, but blinds the eyes of bad people so they cannot see the TRUTH because of
It reveals those who have embraced the kingdom call and reveals those who are rejecting the kingdom call. Just as in the pillar of cloud and fire that guided the ancient Israelites in the wilderness.
The evil is blinded by the “glare”. The good are enlightened by the “light”
If we can see the light, it is a mirror that reflects our spiritual condition and tells us where we are falling short. Are we being eternally formed in the image of the heavenly Father, or into an image of a devil or a satan?
A good person is drawn by the light. An evil person is repelled by it
But if the evil person sees the light of pure TRUTH they are repulsed and
Man is born into an evil nature inherited from his father and mother
Man is different from the animals in one important aspect. Man is born into an evil nature inherited from his father and mother. Animals are born with pre-born instincts. They are given instincts for food, shelter, and propagation.
Humans have similar instincts but we are also spiritual beings created in the image of God. We have to learn behavior. We have the stumbling block of inherited evil to contend with. But we are also born with an innate awareness and consciousness of God. People are born at the crossroads of free will to make their own decisions on which path in life to take. That is a choice we all make. To follow
There is No Supreme Commander of Hell
On the surface it may appear our enemy the Devil is the supreme commander of the evil forces of hell. But practically speaking, how could he be? He is not omnipresent, nor omnipotent. Only God from His throne oversees the activities of hell. Practically speaking every resident of hell despises God and wants things the way they want it to be. They only desire to rule and rise above others.
Jesus Christ has subdued and conquered all the forces of hell through the cross. If we walk in the power of the cross (LOVE), and in the power of the blood (TRUTH), we can overcome and share in His victory forever!
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans 8:37).
The devil is within each one of us
This, in my opinion, is an error in the doctrine of the current Christian church. There is a well-known saying, “The Devil’s greatest trick is making people think that he does not exist”. So we in the church spend all our time rebuking and defending ourselves against him. But in reality, the complete opposite is true. The truth is that the supreme commander of hell does NOT exist! We spend too much time looking from without ourselves when in reality the devil is within each one of us.
The satan and devil talked about in the Scriptures is the evil nature inherited from our fathers and mothers. It is our own evil sinful human nature. Everyone is called to a new “born again” life in Jesus Christ.
“I have spoken these things to you so that you might have peace in Me. In the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world” (John 16:33)
This is part of the plan of God’s redemption from the power of evil. It is the key to the regeneration of the human soul. We are told to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).
Jesus is “The Way” to overcome our inherited evil and to learn the way of LOVE
God taking on human form in the world was the ultimate example unto humanity, the object of His LOVE and affection.
The Lord also was born into inherited evil, but only from his mother. His Father was his own divine nature pure and holy. It was through battles of temptations and the resulting victories that He overcame the world, the devil and the flesh. And the evil nature that he had inherited from His human mother.
“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world” (1 John 2:16).
Through temptations, he wavered not, until His inherited evil from His mother was totally vanquished. He was transfigured into pure divine light and TRUTH.
“And after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them up into a high mountain apart. And He was transfigured before them. And His face shone as the sun, and His clothing was white as the light” (Matthew 17:1-2)
So now you can see, “Satan” and “devil” means the inherited evil of one’s own nature and thinking we inherited from our parents. It is essentially called “the pride of life“. These people do not want or need God.
“The disciple is not above his master, but everyone who is perfect shall be like his master. And why do you look at the splinter that is in your brother’s eye, but does not see the beam that is in your own eye?” (Luke 6:40-41)
This characteristic of self-importance, if left unfettered will always lead to demonic despots and dictators in the world. This love to rule over others is sadistic and cruel. This truly is hell defined. The kingdom of God teaches the complete opposite way of life.
“And we have this commandment from Him, that he who loves God should love his brother also” (1 John 4:21).
“Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, because all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust of it, but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:15-17)
The term “devil” and “satan” is inherited evil. It is the “pride of life“. Every thought and every deed are done with one thought in mind, SELF. How to get anything and everything that the SELF desires. Sex, money, power, and processions regardless of who they belong to. The mind and soul are on fire with an insatiable desire to always get more, more, more.
“being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; being full of envy, murder, quarrels, deceit, evil habits, becoming whisperers,” (Romans 1:29).
This truly is hell defined. For the kingdom of God is none of these things
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).
For this indeed is the truth. The devil or satan is not an enemy without, but the devil is the enemy within.