Don't Hide Your Candle Bible Study-Parables Jesus Told
Jesus described His disciples as the light of the world that cannot be hidden and as an example of this light he described their light as a lit candle that one would not put under a bushel to hide it but would put the lit candle on a candlestick so all could see. Jesus wants us to let our light shine so that all can see our good works and when they see us doing so will glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Matthew 5:15 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.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Jesus did not come to destroy the law or the prophets but to fulfill it. Jesus did not change the law or the commandments and gave stern instructions that anyone who breaks any or even the least of the commandments and teaches it to people will become least in the kingdom of heaven and whoever teaches the commandments will become great in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Matthew 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
In Mark's description of the candle Jesus said a candle should not be hidden under a bushel or under a bed and emphasized the fact that there is nothing hidden that will not be seen, neither will anything be kept secret but will be revealed. Take care how you treat others because that will determine how you will be treated. Listen to what you hear and more will be given.
Mark 4:21 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?
Mark 4:22 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.
Mark 4:23 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
Mark 4:24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.
Mark 4:25 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.
Luke's description of Jesus teaching about the candle described it somewhat differently saying a candle should not be covered with a vessel, or hidden under a bed but instead should be put on a candlestick so that people who enter can see the light. Luke also emphasized that nothing done in secret will remain hidden but will be known abroad. Luke also mentioned that those who hear and have this knowledge more would be given and for those who do not hear or choose not to hear even what they have will be taken away.
Luke 8:16 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.
Luke 8:17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.
Luke 8:18 Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.
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