Satellite Dish

June 23, 2019
by Rod Marshall

Luke 8:10 – [Jesus] said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that 'seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.'" (ESV)

Recently, I have been up a ladder making adjustments to my satellite dish, to see if I could get a better signal from the receiver for the television. The signal needs to be strong enough for the receiver to receive it and the quality good enough for the digital information to be deciphered into a picture.

As the satellite transmitter is hundreds of miles above the earth, very small amounts of adjustment of the dish up and down or side to side make a big difference. Reception can go from no picture at all to a full picture in a matter of only a degree or two of dish movement.

This made me think about how Jesus declared the kingdom of God, spreading His message to all who were able to receive it, understand it, and see the big picture. Many did not receive it because their focus was elsewhere. They wanted a king and messiah to deliver them and to reign on earth. They were a degree or two out, so they did not receive the kingdom of the suffering servant Messiah.

After Pentecost, there was no longer trouble with reception or decoding the message. The disciples were changed, tuned in to the will of God. By the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus continued the work of conveying the kingdom and its grace, peace, and love through their lives.

So it continues today: Jesus is still transmitting the message of the kingdom. It is just a matter of whether we are getting the picture, or whether we are willing to tune in to receive it.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for not giving up on us. You continue to connect with those of us who are willing to receive the message of hope and salvation that You died and rose again to bring us. We ask that we may hear Your Word to us today, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen, Rod. Have a great Lord’s Day.

    Thanks, Rod, for sharing this message with us today. Blessings.

    Thank you for a fascinating tech application to a spiritual truth.

    Thanks, Rod. This is a good analogy for our response to God’s leading.

    Great analogy Rod. You are really blessed with such clear ways to help others ‘get the big picture’!

    Thank you Rod. I enjoy your insightful messages. So many interesting topics and experiences you have had to emphasize the will of God. Keep up the good work!

    What a great analogy you used with the satellite dish and Jesus’ message! So apt!

    Thank you for the clear devotional. Great analogy and call to keep a strong connection to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

    Roderick, Thank you for your encouragement and personal reminder of God’s sacrifice to all, who receive His gift of salvation.
    (Ontario Canada)

    What a huge difference a degree can make! Life or death in spiritual terms. Sadly, there are many who are “off-line” even in the church, doing things their own way and not getting the picture from God! Thank you for your illustration today.

    Thank you for your devotional reminding us that we need to tune in and put on the eyeglasses of the Holy Spirit so that we can see the truth that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We also need to ask that we can be forgiven and understand His grace.

    Rod this was such a great message and one very near and dear to my heart.
    I too pray many more will tune in to the sound and message of the gospel’s hope and salvation while there is still time allotted to them.
    Thanks for writing!

    Loved this analogy, Rod. A modern-day parable: the kingdom of God is like… a satellite dish.
    Isn’t this just how God teaches us, by using his Word, as we read and learn it, and then “fine tunes” it to the circumstances in our lives?
    Blessings on your day.

    Hello Rod,
    Thank you for your devotional today. Your comparison of “getting the clear picture” on satellite to the importance of us opening our hearts and minds to see clearly the grace, peace and love of Jesus is right on!

    Good morning, to your afternoon Roderick,
    Good devotional. You are so right, Jesus is still transmitting the message, but less and less are tuned in to him, sometimes they just need a little adjustment, if only they would.
    Thank you for writing.


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