The Parables of Jesus # 12
Lamp under a bushel
Matthew 5: 14-16 Mark 4:21-22; Luke 11-33-36

Matthew 5:14-16
14. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that
are in the house.
16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in
heaven.

Verse 14 - Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

 [A] Ye are the light of the world
         [1] John 1:1-11
                 1.   In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
                 2.   The same was in the beginning with God.
                 3.   All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
                 4.   In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
                 5.   And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
                 6.   There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
                 7.   The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
                 8.   He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
                 9.   That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
                 10. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
                 11. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
         [2] Jesus came into the world to bring light into a world of darkness and sin.
                 [a] The darkness was not a physical darkness
                 [b] The darkness was a spiritual darkness
                 [c] Question
                         [1-a] What is spiritual darkness?
                         [2-a] What is Sin?
         [3] In verse fourteen of Matthew five, Jesus said, speaking to his disciples and followers, Ye are the light of
                 the world.
                 [a] If Jesus came to be the light of the world, why did he tell his followers that they were the light of the
                         world?
                        [1-a] Jesus was only here temporarily,
                        [2-a] His disciples and followers were those who were to carry his light into the world
                 [b] Questions
                         [1-a] How do we become a light in this world of darkness and sin?
                         [2-a] What makes us a light for Jesus?
                         [3-a] What is the light we are sharing with others?

Verse 15 - Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all
 that are in the house.

 [A] The purpose of having a light is so it will light everything around it.

 [B] What was Jesus implying to his followers in this verse?
         [1] When we receive Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit comes to live in us, we should live our lives in such a
                 manor that others would see Jesus in us,
         [2] When we have Jesus in us, our life should be an example to others, and show them what it means to be a
                 Christian
                 [a] We are to become Christ to the lost
                 [b] We are to lead the lost to Jesus

Verse 16 -  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in  
 heaven.

 [A] Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works,
         [1] How does one let their light shine before man?
                 [a] By the way they live their life
                 [b] By walking and living like Jesus instructed us
                 [c] Through their daily business dealings
                 [d] By their daily responses to events around them
                 [e] Through personal witness
                 [f] By lifting up Jesus in everything you do and say
          [2] That they may see your good works
                 [a] We are saved by faith not by works, so what is these good works that people should be seeing in
                         us?
                 [b] We should be doing for others, and loving our enemies as Christ told us to do.

 [B] And glorify your Father
         [1] What is the purpose of letting our light shine?
                 [a] To Glorify the Father
         [2] What is the purpose of doing good works?
                 [a] To Glorify the Father
         [3] Works that we do in the name of Jesus are not to be done to bring glory to ourselves,
         [4] Everything we do, should be done to bring Glory to God
                 [a] We are his ambassadors in this world
                 [b] We represent him in the world
                 [c] We are his children

Mark 4:21-22
21. And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a
candlestick?
22. For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it
should come abroad.

Verse 21 - And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on
 a candlestick?

  [A] Jesus asks a question
         [1] Is a candle bought to be placed under a bushel?
                 [a] OF course, the answer is “No”
         [2] Is a candle bought to be placed under a bed
                 [a] OF course, the answer is “No”
         [3] Is a candle bought to be placed unto a candlestick?
                 [a] Of course this is the reason why one would buy a candle

 [B] Ted Engstrom, in The Pursuit of Excellence, tells of one day when he was cleaning his desk, and found a         
         flashlight which had not been used for over a year. Trying the switch, he couldn't get it to light. He         
         unscrewed the top, and shook the flashlight, but the batteries wouldn't budge. Then suddenly, after a quick
         shake and a knock against his arm, the batteries came loose and went clattering to the floor. What a mess!
         Battery acid had corroded the inside of the flashlight. Ted was disgusted. The batteries were new when he
         put the flashlight into the warm, dry drawer. That was the problem! Batteries are meant to be used; not
         hidden away! It's the same with us. Our faith is not meant to be stored away! It is intended to be shown
         everyday in our life. In the midst of difficult and trying situations, like the flashlight, we are to let our light
         shine.

Verse 22 - For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should
 come abroad.
 
 [A] This passage is often taken to indicate the exposure of all things on the day of judgment.

 [B] While all things shall be revealed at the judgment, this passage does not refer to that fact.
         [1] Jesus did not come to put his light under a bushel or to hide his teaching.
         [2] Jesus’ design was to reveal, not conceal.
         [3] What was now concealed was only to keep back that in the end it might be more fully known.

Luke 11:33-36
33. No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a
candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.
34. The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but
when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
35. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.
36. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the
bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.

Verse 33 - No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a
 candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.
 [A] Here we find a slight variance to what Jesus said in Matthew
         [1] It is added putteth it in a secret place
 [B] In this passage, Jesus is talking to the Pharisees and rebuking them
         [1] His statement was meant to reprove them for not using the light (his miracles) which was given to them,
                 the Jews.
         [2] If they had had an eye single to goodness, Christ's light would have enlightened their souls.
         [3] Their eye was double; they desired wonders and spectacular signs.

Verse 34 - The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but
 when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.

 [A] The light of the body is the eye
         [1] Most of the knowledge we have, comes to us through the use of our eyes
         [2] Our ears and other senses bring us knowledge as well, but when we are able to see something with our
                 own eyes, it is much more believable
         [3] Our faith in Jesus is not a thing we can see, yet we see evidence of his in everything around us
         [4] Because out eye is the opening through which the light enters, we must be very careful that we allow the
                 proper light into them
                 [a] Not everything we see is proper
                 [b] Not everything we see is good
                 [c] Not everything we see is Godly
         [5] Once an image of something enters your eye it is burned into your brain and there it will remain forever
                 [a] When one looks at pornography, those images are burned into your brain, you may not think you
                         remember them, but they are there
                 [b] When on reads the word of God those words are burned into your brain, you may not think you
                         remember them, but they are there and available for the Holy Spirit to bring to your remembrance

 [B] therefore when thine eye is single
         [1] Having a single eye, is good, if what you are looking at is the right things
                 [a] To keep your eye on Jesus is good,
                 [b] To spend your time reading and studying his word is good.
                 [b] To look for ways to serve him is good
                         [1-a] These are all ways of serving him
         [2] To have an eye that is single for the things of the world, is not good
                 [a] To be thus, on will be only concerned about what they can have for themselves
         [3] Jesus was showing the Pharisees that their eye was not single,
                 [a] They had things other than serving God on their mind
                 [b] They were concerned about things that were not Godly
                 [d] They had too much concern for themselves and not enough about the word of God, therefore they
                         missed the signs and miracles that Jesus showed them which should have showed them that he
                         was the messiah

 [C] When thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light;
         [1] When one is looking for something, and their concern in on only that thing, when it comes, they will not
                 miss it.
         [2] When one diligently searches for Jesus, he can be found
         [3] When one looks for peace in this troubled world, they can have it.

 [D] When thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
         [1] When one concerns themselves with the things of the world, they become full of darkness
         [2] When one looks at everything through eyes of evil, their heart becomes evil as well
         [3] When one looks at everything with a sour outlook on life, they will see nothing good, and their heart will
                 continue to become even more depressed

 [E] The Pharisees eyes were double.
         [1] They could be compared to what we know today as being a carnal Christian
                 [a] What is a carnal Christian
         [2] They had one foot in heaven and one foot in hell
                 [a] They followed the law that suited them and did whatever else they wanted as well
                 [b] They could see the goodness that Jesus did, but refused to give up their power and prestige to
                         allow him to do it.  

Verse 35- Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.

 [A] Here we find a warning
         [1] Beware that you do not allow the light of darkness into your heart
         [2] Be careful what you look at
         [c] Beware of what you allow into your eyes and heart
         [d] Keep your heart and mind on Jesus and the things of Jesus

Verse 36 - If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the
 bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.

 [A] Here is what we need to try for, to have a body that is full of light having no part dark
         [a] 1 Peter 1:16
                16. Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
         [b] Why is it important that we strive to have our body full of light?
         [c] What does it mean to have your body full of light?

 [B] When the body is full of light, than we can be like a candle giving forth light.
         [a] To let our light so shine, we must be full of light
         [b] If we are trying to show others the love of Jesus, and we fail to show love ourselves, we will not be a good
                 light bearer
         [c] If we are giving witness of the goodness of Christ and fail to act in a righteous manor, we will not be a
                 good light bearer  
         [d] Light and darkness does not mix, although the carnal Christians tries to do just that
         [e] We must strive to keep our life clean and spotless, so that the light of Jesus can shine forth from us, and
                 light not only our path, but so that it will give off light that others may see and come to his saving grace
                 as well
                 [1-a] Some of you remember when we burned kerosene lamps – when the globes got dirty, the light did
                         not shine through them very well, so ever so often you would clean the globes so the light would
                         shine through
                 [2-a] Today we have lights with plastic covers – over time insects and dust gets inside and they too
                         block the light, to make the light brighter, we take them down and clean the cover
                 [3-a] For this same reason – we must look at our own lives and determine if the light of Jesus Christ is
                         shining forth for us or if there are things in our lives that prevents the light to shine forth as it
                         should
         [f] We cannot expect to show others the light, if the light is not burning brightly in ourselves

Matthew 5:14-16
14. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that
are in the house.
16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in
heaven.