Jesus the Christ Chapter 19

Oh how I love the parables. I don’t really have a lot to say about this chapter, other than that I appreciate the explanation of Christ’s use of parables differing from the rabbis’ use of them, I’ve always wondered why so few people got them. But if people weren’t used to teachers using them to teach new doctrine- only to support what they’d already taught, then that makes perfect sense that people would be confused.

I also really like this: “No man can become a citizen of the kingdom by partial surrender of his earlier allegiances; he must renounce everything foreign to the kingdom or he can never be numbered therein. If he willingly sacrifices all that he has, he shall find that he has enough. The cost of the hidden treasure, and of the pearl, is not a fixed amount, alike for all; it is all one has. Even the poorest may come into enduring possession; his all is sufficient purchase price.” I especially like the bolded sentence, I think it has application not only in the world to come but this one too, at least I hope so.

What stood out to you?

One thought on “Jesus the Christ Chapter 19

  1. That is so funny, ’cause the same two ideas stood out to me! First, why did he change his teaching style from unabashedly doctrinal and plain to parabolic? I like the couple of ideas floated by Elder Talmage; that he was more careful because those opposed to him were paying eagle eye attention, and that he was teaching in a way that only those ready for his teachings would hear him. I thought too about different learning styles, and that Jesus, as the Master Teacher, would know that sometimes different folks “get it” in different ways.

    Also, I highlighted up a storm the section you bolded. All I have is enough, if I give it all. That’s something to be pondered…

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