saying-21; the owner and the thief.

 

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if you want to experience what he meant

saying- 21; the owner and the thief.

 

 

 

If the owner of a house knows that the thief is coming,

he will begin his vigil before he comes and will not let him into his house of his

domain to carry away his goods.

 

When the grain ripened, he came quickly with his sickle in his hand and reaped it.

 

Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.

 

 

 

Comments:

 

Although this is not a parable in the strict sense, the saying might just as well have

started as: The kingdom can be compared with the owner of a house, who remains aware

of the temptations of the world. At the same time, the saying condemns ignorance (Hedrick, 2010).

When the grain ripened, he came quickly with his sickle in his

hand and reaped it, warns especially against the thief (= temptation) who will come on

the most critical moments. He steels not only inside, but also outside the house.

The Corpus Hermeticum also speaks of “the robber who

dwells within you” (van den Broek R, Quispel G, 2003). The house may act as a metaphor for

the body, and the owner of the house as a man's spirit, or mind.

 

Specially during the wandering beggars' hard existence the little luxury of a

sheltered soft bed or a full meal every now and then might have been things longed for,

thoughts clung to, and hard to resist for some when offered. But the parable may

also apply as a warning in general against clinging to idle worldly things as money, luxury,

power, etc., which distract from seeking the real good.

 

So, seeking the kingdom don't let your awareness diminish,

and remain on guard all the time

less things not conducive to your seeking

might overtake you.

 

 

Also in:

Matthew:24-43??? Luke: 12-39???Mark: 4-29???