saying-33; let your light shine!



if you want to experience what he meant

saying- 33; let your light shine!





Jesus says,

Preach from your housetops that which you will hear

in your ear {(and) in the other ear}.


For no one lights a lamp and puts it under a bushel,

nor does he put it in a hidden place,

but rather he sets it on a lampstand so that

everyone who enters and leaves will see its light.


In part also in the Pap. Oxyrh.






Although realizing the kingdom cannot be communicated, the one who realized it

may not remain silent about pointing at others to seek it. Such an ‘enlightened one’ should

let his light shine in a way that everybody can see it. Everyone who enters and leaves ( = those in

the house (Quispel, 2004) from the rooftop of which one preaches), points to the idea of letting

it shine on everyone around. So, an ' enlightened one' should not withdraw from

the world and become a hermit sage in a mountain cave, but goes out into the world

“to save all sentient beings” (Buddhist lit. reference!!)


That the teaching was spoken into one ear suggests that it was entrusted

to the hearer by way of whispering, thus privately, but that the

teaching that came in silence should now be made publically known

(from the housetops). Plisch (2008) mentions that the phrasing is such that indeed the first

part of the saying is addressed to a single person.

{(and) in the other ear} may refer to hearing/understanding with one’s mind ear, but

Plisch argues that the most likely interpretation is that after one heard the

teachings, own should tell others. However, one should remember the inherent difference

between the teaching's summoning to seek on the one hand, and the nature of the

realization of the kingdom, on the other, which cannot be talked about.

However, the phrasing may also just simply have the meaning to hear with both ears,

which implies attentive listening.


In any case, we should refrain from interpreting the saying as a command to go and

preach the "gospel" or the new "faith", as both concepts arose not earlier than following

Jesus death, when theological speculation had been born.





Also in:

Matthew 5:15; Mark 4:21; Luke 8:16; Luke 11:33.