The Rubik's Cube in the Word and in Life - January 2023

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on January 19, 2023

When Rubik's Cubes were popular, you could find them in nearly every home. For most people, myself included, the cube was a source of frustration. I would turn it this way and that, not see any pattern, and put it down in disgust. For those who were persistent, who came to understand the pattern... They enjoyed solving the riddle of the cube.

Parables are like that.

Each parable is a Rubik's Cube in words. In Matthew 13, Jesus tells seven parables and explains why he speaks in parables:

“Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”

For the unbeliever who listened to Jesus, the parables were unsolvable riddles. They already despised Jesus, and after hearing a few parables, they despised him even more.

For the believer who listened to Jesus, the parables were memorable stories they could ponder as they walked home. Imagine their joy when they saw themselves in the parable of the sower:



When Rubik's Cubes were popular, you could find them in nearly every living room.

For most people, myself included, the cube was a source of frustration. I would turn it this way and that, not see any pattern, and put it down in disgust. For those who were persistent, who came to understand the pattern... They enjoyed solving the riddle of the cube.


Parables are Rubik's Cubes in the Word

Each parable is a Rubik's Cube in words. In Matthew 13, Jesus tells seven parables and explains why he speaks in parables:

“Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”

For the unbeliever who listened to Jesus, the parables were unsolvable riddles. They already despised Jesus, and after hearing a few parables, they despised him even more.

For the believer who listened to Jesus, the parables were memorable stories they could ponder as they walked home. Imagine their joy when they saw themselves in the parable of the sower:

"The seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

Enjoy pondering the verbal Rubik's Cubes of Matthew 13:10-32.

The Rubik's Cube in Life

Life sometimes is like a puzzle with no pattern or purpose. It is easy to think, “There is no god who controls my life.” We can be tempted to give up on God in disgust.

Joseph certainly must have thought that after spending 13 years in slavery and prison. But when he introduces himself to his brothers in Genesis 45-46, notice how often he recognizes God's plan in his life. Finally, he could see the "pattern" of his Rubik's Cube life!

Is your life mixed up right now? By faith, know there is a pattern!

In the darkest time of Israelite history, God promised: "I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11).

The Holy Spirit assures us through the Apostle Paul who suffered so much: "God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose [or plan]" (Romans 8:28).

Even when he was imprisoned in Rome, Paul knew: "In [Christ Jesus] we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose [or plan] of his will" (Ephesians 1:11).

The Key to the Rubik's Cube 

The first key to understanding the puzzle of the Rubik's Cube is that the center square on each side of the cube does not move. The center square is the constant.

Christ is the immovable center of our lives. Christ as the constant may be all I know right now. The rest of my life may seem a mess. But with Christ at the center, there is a pattern. There is a plan. Don't give up on the puzzle!

Pastor Pete

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