The Gospel of Luke

This devotional is written by Dan Fox. 

Luke 8:16-18

"No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. 17 For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. 18 Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away."

Reflection

It's no coincidence that these verses immediately follow Jesus explaining parables to the disciples. Jesus spent so much of his time on earth explaining things to people in parables, but his disciples got the inside story – often after speaking to large crowds in parables he would then explain them to his disciples in secret.

Jesus tells his disciples in this passage that the hidden things and secret things will be brought into the light (v17). He starts this passage talking about a light being put on a stand so that everyone can see it (v16).

There is a lot of imagery in the Gospels that talk about light and how good it is. In fact Jesus himself is described as the Light all over the place. Jesus knew there was a time coming when the Light would be available to everyone. – Isn't great we live in this time where we can understand what Jesus is talking about and we can see the light. Just like the disciples we too can have a close relationship with Jesus and get to know him and understand the things that were once hidden.

Verse 18 has led to loads of theologians trying to understand exactly what Jesus is saying – but the main challenge to me from this verse is "take care how you hear" – Am I taking note of what Jesus is saying?

Prayer:

Dear Jesus, Thank you that you have shone your light for us to see - please help us to live in such a way as to make your light known – so that other people can see the light you have given us.

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