Imagine a person in a dark place for a moment: no food, clothing torn, by the world’s standards a beggar. They have scars from the many fights, most of them defensive, resulting from run-ins with others out on the street. What if you chose this life? It is hardly imaginable that someone would choose to change a life of luxury to live on the streets but that is exactly what this person did.
Your first response would be “No one would ever give up so much to beg and poach on the street”. Our subject did not actually choose a miserable life; they made a bad choice that eventually led to their current estate.
Some of you may already know where I am headed. We will be looking into the third of three parables Jesus gave to the Pharisees in response to their comment about the company he was keeping. Read the rest of this entry »