The Parable of Obedience

The Blind Leading the Blind

Luke 6:39-49  And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? 40  The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. 41  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 42  Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye. 43  For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 44  For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. 45  A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.  And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 47  Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like: 48  He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 49  But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

 

I.    The setting of the parable.

A.  The entirety of chapter 6 deals with Christ teaching his disciples.

1.   Verse 1-5 states that Jesus was teaching His disciples the importance of understanding the proper use of the Sabbath day.

2.   Verse 6-11 continues this basic thought as Jesus heals a man on the Sabbath to the consternation of the Pharisees.

3.   Verse 12-19 tells of Christ calling His disciples together and choosing 12 whom He named apostles.

4.   Verse 20-49 gives the lessons Jesus taught to the congregation gathered around Him.

B.   The part of our study, verse 39-49 deals explicitly with the parable of the blind leading the blind and its explanation.

 

II.   The parable is evidently found in verse 39.  Verse 40-49 gives illustrations of the parable.  These verses can be divided into four separate illustrations of the blind leading the blind.

A.  Verse 40 - The principle of the blind leading the blind as regards the master and the disciple.

B.   Verse 41-42 - The principle of the blind leading the blind as regards helping others.

C.   Verse 43-45 - The principle of the blind leading the blind as regarding fruit bearing.

D.  Verse 46-49 - The principle of the blind leading the blind as regarding building your life.

 

III. Verse 40 - The principle of the blind leading the blind as regards the master and the disciple.

A.  This verse has been restated as: He who learns shall not be greater than he of whom he learns, but shall be as he.

1.   The disciple cannot learn more than the master is able to teach him.

2.   A teacher cannot teach what they do not know any more than they can come back from where they have not been.

B.   If we follow the teachings of men, we shall be as men.

1.   If we don't follow the teachings of God, we will follow the teachings of men.

2.   Every person will follow the teachings of somebody.

3.   Everything we have ever learned, we have learned from somebody.

C.   If we follow the teachings of Christ (the perfect one) we shall be as God.  (that is - Christians!)

1.   I John 2:27 - But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

2.   We follow the teachings of Christ by following what the Bible says.

3.   If you don't read your Bible, it is automatic that you will be following the teachings of men.

4.   If you don't read your Bible, you won't know what God says, therefore you will follow the teachings of men.

D.  Every pastor must understand that the obedient church will take on his personality.

1.   This will make every pastor strive for all he is worth to be like Christ.

2.   This is why every pastor must be very careful to point his members to Christ, not to himself.

 

IV. Verse 41-42 - The principle of the blind leading the blind as regards helping others.

A.  There is a difference in sins.

1.   All sin is sin, but there are varying degrees of sin.

2.   All sin is sin, but there are varying results of sin.

3.   All sin is sin, but there are varying punishments of sin.

B.   II Peter 3:17 - There is nothing wrong with helping a brother, but we must be careful, lest we also fall from our own stedfastness.

C.   Gal. 6:1 - Ye with are spiritual, restore such a one is the spirit of meekness, considering yourself, lest you also be tempted.

 

V.  Verse 43-45 - The principle of the blind leading the blind as regarding fruit bearing.

A.  Verse 43 - If we, with a large beam in our eye, try to remove a small splinter from a brothers eye, we will do more damage than good.

1.   Men of corrupt hearts, will bring froth corrupt fruit, or results.

2.   The beam can be compared to a 2x4 about 3 feet long!

3.   How would you like somebody with a 2x4 sticking out of their eye try to get an eyelash out of your eye?

4.   That person would surely damage your eye, and very possibly other parts of your body.

5.   The end result is there would be more damage as a result of their trying to help!

B.   Verse 44 - Every person is known by the fruit he produces.

1.   Every good church member (preacher, church) is known by the fruit that is produced.

2.   Every bad church member (preacher, church) is known by the fruit that is produced.

3.   In the preaching of the gospel, a man will always preach what he has received.

a)   If he has received a false gospel, this is what he will preach.

b)   If he has received the true gospel, this is what he will preach.

4.   In the living of the life, a person will always life the way he truly believes, regardless of what he says he believes.

a)   A person might say they believe in going to church, but if they are able to go and don't, they really don't believe in going.

b)   A person might say they believe in giving tithes and offerings, but if they don't give tithes and offerings, it is apparent they don't really believe in giving tithes and offerings.

5.   You will always receive the same kind of fruit as the tree is.

a)   A lost man will finally bring forth the kind of fruit that befits a lost man.

b)   A saved man will finally bring forth the kind of fruit that befits a saved man.

 

VI. Verse 46-49 - The principle of the blind leading the blind as regarding building your life.  This parable explains there is only two ways to build your life: upon the rock or upon the sand (see also Matthew 7:21-29)

A.  Therefore:

1.   This word is referring to all the previous truths taught by Christ in the sermon on the mount.

2.   Who is Christ talking to? (saved or lost?)

a)   Matt. 5:1 - There was a multitude present.

b)   This group contained both saved and lost.

c)   Each person would receive from God what he needed.

B.   Similarities:

1.   You can't build on both.

a)   Matt. 6:24 - You can't serve both God and mammon.

b)   You must either serve the world to come or this present world.

2.   Both hear.

a)   This people all hear exactly the same message.

b)   Different people get different things out of every message, according to what their individual background is, and what they need.

(1)  Some people have a particular sin in their lives, therefore, they wait through the message for some indication that the preacher is preaching to them about that particular sin.

(2)  Some people have a particular question, therefore, they are waiting through the message for some clue that will aid them in solving the question.

3.   There is a choice to be made.

a)   The doctrine of fatalism is false.

b)   We all have the authority and responsibility to make decisions.

c)   A good choice: Joshua 24:15 - Joshua declared, "...for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

d)   A bad choice: Gen. 13:11 - Lot chose him the plain of Jordan.

4.   There will be come trouble into your life.

a)   Some believe that when you are saved, all your trouble is over.

b)   Some believe only lost people have trouble and trials.

c)   Some believe any sign of trouble is:

(1)  Chastisement.

(2)  God is displeased with what you are trying to do.

(3)  God is directing your life in another direction.

5.   Every person is building his house.

a)   This refers to you dwelling, more specifically to building your life, or becoming the person you are.

C.   The Rock

1.   Deut. 32:1-4 - the LORD is the rock.

a)   Exodus 17:6 - This is the rock which Moses struck which gave water unto Israel.

b)   Numbers 20:8 - This is the same rock which Moses was commanded to speak to and it would give water to Israel.

c)   Matt. 16:18 - Jesus Christ is the rock the institution of the church is built upon.

D.  The Sand.

1.   An innumerable company.

a)   Rom. 9:27 - Israel is as numerous as the sand on the seashore.

b)   Heb. 11:12 - The people that came from Abraham and Sarah became man as the stars of the sky for multitude.

2.   The popular way (Satan's Way).

a)   Rev. 13:1 - John stood on the sand of the sea and saw the entire history of the Antichrist.

b)   Rev. 20:8 - Those that are deceived by the Antichrist are as numerous as the sand of the sea.

c)   Proverbs 11:21 - Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished...

d)   Proverbs 16:5 - Everyone that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.