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The Parable of 3 Umpires

Despite the strike zone box displayed on modern television broadcasts, each Major League Baseball umpire has their own unique interpretation of what is a strike. There are 3 main theories when it comes to calling balls and strikes. Some follow the standard “I call it as I see it.” Others are more precise, waiting a brief moment before making a decision, often irritating players on the field and coaches in the dugout. Younger umps tend to follow a post modernism perspective where the truth of their strike zone is relative.

But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future], John 16:13.

Every year coaches and manages of baseball teams around the country argue with umpires about their strike zone. Some of these adults may receive a warning while others will be thrown out after losing control of their emotions. Whether you agree with a particular umpire or not, Jesus refers to a higher power that will help individuals locate the truth. The Holy Spirit was introduced by Jesus as a spiritual counselor that will guide you toward the truth. God’s Spirit was designed to help you overcome the bad breaks and blown calls that go against you in life.

Pilate said to Him, What is Truth? On saying this he went out to the Jews again and told them, I find no fault in Him, John 18:38.

Just before Jesus is handed over to be crucified, a first century governor wants to know what truth is. Following a series of questions. Pilate found no fault in Jesus. Despite his position of power, the religious leaders turned the crowd against Jesus as Barabbas was released and Jesus was put to death in his place. From an umpire’s perspective, Jesus was safe. Yet, God’s will was for Jesus was to seek to save that which was lost, Luke 19:10. This blown call by the Chief Priest and elders was all part of God’s plan, John 3:16-17. Balls and strikes don’t matter as long as you see the big picture, Romans 5:8.

by Jay Mankus

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