In this message we’re going to look at God’s Kingdom truth in the classic Dr. Seuss parable THE CAT IN THE HAT. Do you remember what it felt like hearing it for the first time?
“Jesus spoke in strange, bizarre, disturbing ways. He balked at almost no comparison, however irreverent or unrefined. Apparently he found nothing odd about holding up, as a mirror to God’s ways, a mixed bag of questionable characters; an unjust judge, a savage king, a tipsy slave owner, an unfair employer, and even a man who gives help only to bonafide pests… Furthermore Jesus not only spoke in parables, he thought in parables, acted in parables, and regularly insisted that what he was proclaiming could not be set forth in any other way than in parables. He was practically an ambulatory parable in and of himself: he cursed fig trees, walked on water, planted coins in fishes’ mouths, and for his final act, sailed up into a cloud.”
Robert Farrar Capon, Parables of the Kingdom, pg 1-2
“No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.”
John 1:18, TNIV
“You have heard these things; look at them all.
Will you not admit them? From now on I will tell you of new things
of hidden things
unknown to you.”
The prophet Isaiah, 48:6-7, TNIV
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
The Apostle Paul (former Christian persecutor) in 2 Corinthians 5:7, TNIV
“God… is not the least bit interested in [the Pharisees’] wonderful lists of moral and religious accomplishments.”
Robert Farrar Capon, Parables of the Kingdom, pg 7,
(re: good works as a means of salvation!)
“I am making everything new!... Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
Jesus in Revelation 21:5, TNIV
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