“nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket,…” (Matthew 5:15a).
I believe the term “peck-measure,” as utilized in some translations, is more descriptive than “basket” in capturing the implications of Jesus’ words. A peck-measure was a standard by which farmers conducted their business. Jesus employs it to say that the standards, practices, and methodologies of men can never become our standard for carrying out the business of God’s Kingdom. His is a Kingdom not of this world. While the disciples then, and many today, desire him to be a conquering political king, Jesus came as a Suffering Servant. By prayer and faithfulness, his work is accomplished; not by politics and power.