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Revelation - The letter to the loveless church in Ephesus

Revelation – The letter to the loveless church in Ephesus

And so it begins.  The first of the seven letters to the seven churches in Revelation. The one to the church in Ephesus.  Jesus had some good things to say to them.  And some bad things.  But then another positive statement.  The Ephesian church certainly wasn’t in the worst condition of the seven.  But then, it wasn’t the best either.  So there’s plenty to look at.

The title – The letter to the loveless church in Ephesus – is taken from the section titles in two different translations.  I chose to do that because I think it gives a a direction to start with while examining this letter.  Not that it’s the only direction.  But it’s one that people who did the New King James Version thought was important enough to include, as opposed to the NIV usage of just the location in their section title.

Why did Jesus speak in parables? Image is of a field, but the parable is about something else.

Why did Jesus speak in parables?

Why did Jesus speak in parables?  There are easy answers to the question, but they are just that: easy.  Too easy.  As in Jesus spoke in parables because the Old Testament said He would.  Or maybe it was to make things easier to understand.  But then, it may have been to make them harder to understand.  But like the parable itself, the real answers are hidden behind the easy ones.

For instance, the image to the right is of a field.  But when Jesus used planting crops in a field in a parable, was He really talking about literal seeds, crops and produce?  Yes, but no.  There was more to it.

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