- Oct 25, 2014
To be 100% honest, this story doesn't sound to me like the other things Jesus taught. The vibe always struck me like those little inspirational stories people tell. There's a certain power in the way Jesus told all his parables, and this story seems an odd one. That being said, if it's in the Bible I will not doubt that there's a reason it's in the Bible, if it's there then it is true, and it was God's plan to put it there. Maybe it's in the way in which it was recounted. If you look at different Bible translations, one can easily see how much the style itself influences the text. So I would not rely just on how something "sounds" because that can be very deceptive. But this is a really good conversation and questions, that makes me want to look for answers with you. If we want quality apologetics we must allow this type of questions. As to your question, why did the man not request more water, that one is not hard to guess. He apparently felt guilty and thought he did not deserve it. I think you are obsessing too much about the barrier as an object, it is simply the way God sees things and uses objects to illustrate spiritual concepts. Even humans do it all the time. We say things like, I am in a rut, even though you are not actually in one. It's spiritual. We are made in God's image and the ability to understand analogy or parable is how we are able to understand God even though it surpasses our brains. As to the nature of the barrier, I'd bet it has to do something with the "high fences" mentioned in the Bible when God talks about the proud people who raise these "fences", which is their rejection and disobedience of God. I am going to study it again maybe I get blessed with more clarity...
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