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Messages In The Gospel That Jesus Wanted Us to See

(Digging deeper into the parables and happenings that Jesus wanted us to understand).

By Apostle Cathryn Ndyabagye



Throughout the Gospels, Jesus shared many parables and stories to the people and he gave many hints to what they meant, by quoting scriptures in the Old Testament.

He wanted the people to understand him. Some knew, and many didn't know and could not understand.

Have you ever looked up the scriptures that Jesus talked about in the Old testament, when sharing a parable or story in the New Testament?

He often referred to Old Testament scriptures to make a point to the people as he shared with them.

I did some digging on three subjects in scripture, and wanted to share them with you...

I will be sharing more
in the future....

The Story of The Prodigal Son:

The story is found in Luke 15:11-32. Jesus tells the story of a property owner who has two sons. The younger son demands his share of his inheritance while his father is still living. The son goes off to a distant country where he "wastes his substance with riotous living" and eventually has to take work as a swineherd (clearly a low point, since swine are unclean in Judaism).It was when he started living like the swine, that he came to his senses and decides to return home. He threw himself on his
father's mercy, thinking that even if his father does disown him, being one
of his servants is still far better than feeding pigs.

When he returns home, his father greets him with open arms and hardly gives him a chance to express his repentance. His father kills a fatted calf to celebrate his return.

The older brother resents his father for the favored treatment of his faithless brother and complains of the lack of reward for his own faithfulness.

Luke 15:11- 32
11And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together,
and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country;
and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. 17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and
fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be



merry: 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and
is found. And they began to be merry. 25Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. 28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. 29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed
I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living
with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. 31 And he said
unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. 32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found

Jesus had a purpose in
telling this story...

The younger brother was like the gentiles, who were scoundrels and messed up their lives and then came to Jesus and gave their heart to Him. Jesus accepts us as we are.

The elder brother was like the Samaritans who halted the good news.
The faithful son took the father wrong and got mad. The father assured him that all was His that the father had.

This was a perfect 'Excile' and 'Return' story.

The Sabbath Day:

Notice, when Jesus and the disciples were on the sabbath and walking through a field of corn. The disciples took some corn, rubbing it with their hands to eat of it. The Pharisees were always ready to point and condemn them about the sabbath.
They accused the disciples of working on the sabbath.

Jesus left a hint of study to check when he said HAVE YOU NOT READ? and
goes on to tell about what happened in (I Samuel chapters 21 -22) to David and his brethren. This is what Jesus was comparing to what was he was speaking to the pharisees about the sabbath.

Luke 6:1-7

1And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went
through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their
hands. 2And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which
is not lawful to do on the sabbath days? 3And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him; 4How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful
to eat but for the priests alone? 5And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. 6And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered. 7And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.

Go with me to I Samuel 21 chapter - 22nd Chapter.
When the Pharisees questioned the disciples for working on the sabbath, Jesus was referred to
the story of David and the brethren were accused of eating holy shewbread from the priests. David



said that man was Lord over the sabbath and since he was holy he and his brethren ate of Holy Shewbread. It was the sabbath day also. A spy was watching them--Doeg, an Edomite, the chiefest of the herdmen that belonged to Saul. He betrayed them and because of this, the priests were killed for sharing the showbread.

Jesus was taking David's place and sharing that He was Lord of the Sabbath.
The disciples were the priests that take the place of the new covenant
The Pharisees were compared to Edomite who spied on them.

Moses verses Transfiguration -
Old Covenant to New Covenant:

Exile to Return

Note in Exodus 24, Moses went to Mt. Sinai, and it was also the sabbath.
His countenance changed. There was a cloud and the voice of God spoke through the cloud, giving Moses instruction and God gave Moses the Ten Commandments - The Old covenant. The people feared the cloud, because of their sin.

Note: in Luke 9: It was 8 days after teaching and it was the sabbath day.
Jesus and the disciples went up to Mt. Tabor to pray.Jesus countenance
changed, his raiment dazzled white and brilliant. Two men appeared. Moses and Elijah. Moses and Elijah represented the Law and prophets.

Jesus talked to Moses and Elijah about his decease, which would accomplish at Jerusalem - The New
Covenant was established.

The accomplish of the bondage of sin. Jesus spoke of his departure or another words, the greek word 'Exodus'.

Peter woke up out of his sleep as he hear Jesus talking and offered to make three booths (meaning tabernacles).

Peter remembered the Old
Testament how the Israelites would Celebrate with the feast of tabernacles or also called the Feast of Booths

They celebrated 8 days. This was for them to remember the Israelites coming back from exile.

There was a cloud that was over them. and they feared the cloud.The voice came from the cloud saying, "This is my beloved Son: hear him".

What did God want them to hear?

What Jesus said to Moses and Elijah. That He was establishing the New Covenant to the people.

Luke 9:28-36
28And it came to pass about an eight
days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. 29And
as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.
30And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and
Elias: 31Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.
32But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men
that stood with him. 33And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three
tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said. 34While he thus spake, there came a cloud,
and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. 35And there came a voice
out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. 36And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they
kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen.


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