This parable is found in Matthew 13:24-30 and 36-43. It is well known to most people, having either studied it or heard it being preached over and over again. It may be so familiar that we think we know it already and may tend to skim through it without trying to search out the hidden truths that are buried beneath the surface. In fact this parable may be the most misunderstood and misinterpreted one today and is used to bring about more confusion upon our people in the church, self-supporting institutions, and other circles, because of the ready acceptance of the teachings and traditions of the elders, without trying to search out the truth for ourselves. Many would rather trust in human wisdom, to accept the plausible reasonings of the modern rabbis and pharisees instead of proving and testing their words to a "thus saith the Lord" and to the law and the testimonies. But is this a safe course to follow? No! Jeremiah 17:5 says "Cursed be the man who trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm." Desire of Ages (DA), p 140-41: "If Nathanael had trusted to the rabbis for guidance, he would never have found Jesus. It was by seeing and judging for himself that he became a disciple. So in the case of many to-day whom prejudice withholds from good....while they trust to the guidance of human authority, none will come to a saving knowledge of the truth. Like Nathanael, we need to study God's word for ourselves, and pray for the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit."
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