The fun part of the Bible is trying to discover
what the true underlying message is or could be.
Jesus spoke in parables all the time, partly because
it forces us to think deeply about spiritual realities.
Did God really send Jesus to earth to teach
us about sheep,
vineyards and fishing,
or to help us gain the
abilities to understand
his profound spiritual truths?
This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human
but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing
spiritual truths in spiritual words.
The man without the Spirit
does not accept the things
that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness
him, and he cannot understand them, because they are
spiritually discerned. Corinthians 2:13-14
... By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing
ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 13:15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their
ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with
their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal
Jesus explains to the
disciples the anatomical principles of hearing and vision.
He also explains problems associated with the heart.
He will be able to heal those who are converted because they understand
This is an awesome example
of how Jesus is clearly guiding the disciples (us) to try and understand the deeper meaning of God's message. But of course,
most people already think they know the deeper/real meaning of scripture based on the teachings of their current religious
To me it
seems clear that if given a choice, according to this passage, we are instructed to look and hear beyond the physical and
to open our hearts to a more symbolic-spiritual interpretation of everything in the Bible.
Those who insist on making everything literal may not be using
their hearts in the way Jesus advises and they will miss out on his healing message.
another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
Jesus is being less than sensitive with his disciple who simply wants to bury his father before joining
Jesus really thinks dead people in cemeteries will dig their
way out of their coffins to bury the disciple's father and then these dead people will bury themselves?
"The human spirit which is not fortified by the presence of
the Holy Spirit is dead and in need of resurrection by that divine power; otherwise, though materially advanced to high degrees,
man cannot attain full and complete progress.
By this He means that souls
though alive in the human kingdom are nevertheless dead if devoid of this particular spirit of divine quickening. They have
not partaken of the divine life of the higher kingdom; for the soul which partakes of the power of the divine spirit is verily
4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give
me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water
The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Jesus is confusing this thirsty Samarian woman who is
sitting in front of a deep dry well, and asked her for water that He knows she doesn't have. Jesus then further confuses
her and tells her He has water if she wants it.
Jesus tells people that water is going to flow
out of their belly/stomach if they believe him.
4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 4:14 But whosoever drinketh
of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water
springing up into everlasting life.
Jesus was kind enough to spiritually interpret His own parable
to give us a guideline of how to interpret scripture.
Water = The true word of God.
In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.
But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
The disciples want Jesus to eat with them but Jesus doesn't prefer the meat they are serving,
because He has a secret stash of grade A beef, that they have never tried before?
John 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that
sent me, and to finish his work.
This is not the literal meat of an animal
or fruit. As usual, Jesus guides every discussion to a deeper spiritual meaning. God's word = meat.
And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.
certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no
sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas.
For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall
also the Son of man be to this generation.
Jesus reprimands the followers and
calls them evil and adulterous, and refuses to show them any signs.
tells them that if they want to see signs they should go and study the story of Jonas.
Although Jesus is constantly teaching
them and performs miracles, it is still not enough. They want more signs = magic tricks=supernatural feats before they will
Matt 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and
three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
This literally came to pass as Jesus rose on the
third day. According to Jesus himself, this is supposed to be the only & last
We then have to be mindful of these passages in regard to
the state and condition of His second coming. Many people are convinced the whole world will have to experience these supernatural
signs before they believe Christ has returned. Jesus lets them know that His teachings and His presence alone are the greatest
signs from God.
Wert thou to cleanse the mirror of thy heart from the dust of malice, thou wouldst apprehend
the meaning of the symbolic terms revealed by the all-embracing Word of God made manifest in every Dispensation, and wouldst
discover the mysteries of divine knowledge. Not, however, until thou consumest with the flame of utter detachment those veils
of idle learning, that are current amongst men, canst thou behold the resplendent morn of true knowledge.
(Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 68)
Know verily that the purpose underlying all these symbolic terms and abstruse allusions, which emanate from
the Revealers of God's holy Cause, hath been to test and prove the peoples of the world; that thereby the earth of the
pure and illuminated hearts may be known from the perishable and barren soil. From time immemorial such hath been the way
of God amidst His creatures, and to this testify the records of the sacred books.
The Kitab-i-Iqan, p. 49)