Sometimes, I think we make it too easy for people. We spoon-feed them. Jesus did not. He sorted out those who were hungry, those who were thirsty, those who wanted spiritual insight. Jesus used parables to separate those who are lazy from those who are willing to pay a price to enter the kingdom.
How many of those who see in verse mentioned – referenced, but not written out, and are willing to expend the energy to look it up rather than be apathetic and willing to stay in their ignorance. Jesus told parables, challenging the people to think, to pray about it to find out its meaning. To those who were not willing, Jesus allowed them to stay in their stupor. He allowed them to stay in their state of ignorance. He said “the kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force.” He is suggesting that people must not be apathetic or lethargic, but have passion and zeal. If they want to enter the kingdom.
Too often we try to spoon-feed people to get them to see and understand. But if they are not willing, in themselves, to expend energy, time or effort, how much good does it really do? Are you a person of passion? Action? Diligence? Zeal? You probably are if you’re reading this.
Proverbs 2:2-5 says, “Make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding; for if you cry you for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver, and searched for her as hidden treasures, then you will discern the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God.”
In the English language. There is a sentence called an imperative sentence. This part of Scripture is one of those imperative sentences. An imperative sentence means that the subject is understood to be the word “You.” Therefore, this particular Scripture shows we have to work to gain understanding, knowledge, wisdom. We have to search for it as hidden treasure – imagine in your mind the effort, the work and the process that old-time miners had to have to find the gold or silver. It took an intense amount of labor and effort and perseverance and zeal and passion and commitment to find gold.
In the Cassiar Mountains in Canada back in the time of the gold rush those who were going to be miners who were looking for the gold had to first backpack 2000 pounds of provision up the mountain before they were allowed to go on. This required a lot of effort and a tremendous commitment of both finances and physical energy. This was what was required just to pass a certain area of these mountains to go on to where the gold fields were. The Canadian Royal mounted police enforced this rule. This gives us a little hint of what was meant in that Proverbs passage about seeking her as silver or gold.
But today often many Christians want to be spoon fed and are unwilling to expend the energy required to gain knowledge, understanding and wisdom and spiritual insight. They go to church to receive their weekly ration of milk. Why milk? Because, like the cow that produces milk, it choose the grass and reach use it. It chews the cud four times and then it becomes milk. So it is with listening to the Sunday sermon – this is ABC milk – already been chewed. The apostle Paul challenged early Christians with the thought that they want to have milk when it is already time for them to be eating meat. Today, too many Christians are still drinking their milk and eating their pablum when they should be eating meat.
Jesus used parables to separate the weak from the strong, to separate the sheep from the goats.
Paul said to the Corinthians, “let the ignorant be ignorant.” If people don’t have enough passion to “search the Scriptures to see if these things are so” then his conclusion was to let them remain in their ignorance.
Jesus told of the hard times that would be on Earth before he returned and then he said, “will I find faith?” So the question is will the Christians have become so lazy, apathetic, lethargic, weak, having a timid faith and having an unwillingness to struggle and contend for the faith when Jesus returns?
Will the Christians have enough passion, be zealous enough, to search the Scriptures to apply themselves, to read, to learn, to contend for the knowledge, understanding and wisdom? Or will they require spoon-feeding and being weak? Will they be able to pass the simplest tests? Will they have an ear to hear? Will they have eyes that see? Will they seek to understand? Or will they be ignorant people remaining ignorant because of their apathy?