Hello and welcome back!
I am so pleased that you dropped in! I pray that my time and effort in writing these posts are benefiting you to grasp the great truths of God as Jesus taught through the beatitudes and now — the parables of Jesus!
We will be alternating from the beatitudes and the parables for the next few weeks. This will provide you with a more three-dimensional connection between the beatitudes and the parables—which will be eye-opening!
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If you do not know Jesus, I would appreciate your comments also!
“We can learn what Jesus taught the original disciples about the mysteries of God’s Kingdom…!”
I so enjoy taking the subject matter and allowing the Holy Spirit to present me with insightful ways in which to express it. I am a storyteller. I am enamored by a good story. I’m sure that you are yourself.
Throughout this study, I will attempt to write this study in a conversational tone and to keep it lively and interesting.
This first post will be an introduction into the parables of Jesus.
You know, Jesus was an excellent storyteller! I’m not sure if you are aware of this but about 2/3’s of everything Jesus spoke in the New Testament was in the form of a parable (story)!
Jesus used parables because they helped those with seeking eyes and ears to comprehend and form more concrete mental pictures and concepts so much better than mere abstract expressions.
So just what is a good definition of a parable?
The actual Koine (common) Greek word is parabole pronounced [pair-a-bowl-ley’]. It simply means a story placed beside of what you wish to compare it to in order to aid the listener to comprehend.
Example: “A newborn baby is like a delicate flower that has just blossomed and lightly covered with the warm dew of a fresh, new summer’s day.”
Notice the word like in the above example? Most parables start out by saying, “Something is like something else.” Jesus knew what he was doing! He compared something that the disciples understood and could visualize with something that they had no comprehension about.
The comparative stories allowed them to hear and see the spiritual through the comparison to the physical!
The disciples came up to Jesus and outright asked Him why he told these stories.
He told them in Matthew 13:10-17 (All Scripture is from the HCSB), and I paraphrase:
“Hey guys, I handpicked all of you and the secrets of the kingdom of heaven is for you to know, not for them. The ones who “get it” will get even more but those who “don’t get it” — even the little they do get will be removed from them.”
Then He let them see that this wasn’t His idea but what God gave Him to say from the prophet Isaiah:
“You will listen and listen, yet never understand; and you will look and look, yet never perceive. For this people’s heart has grown callous; their ears are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes; otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn back— and I would cure them.”
Then Jesus continues:
“Your eyes are blessed (happy and totally contented in Jesus) because your eyes can see and you can hear and understand these stories. Let me tell you for sure, the prophets of old would have given their eye teeth to hear and see what you see now and understand.”
After reading the above dialog, I pray that you go to your Bible and read Matthew 13:10-17 and not just rely on my paraphrase. This paraphrase is for presenting the blog in a conversational tone.
The Bible is the inspired word of God and that is where your study needs to concentrate and derive from.
You can readily see that Jesus had two purposes in using His parables:
- Because the people’s hearts were hardened and the parables were used to conceal. This kept those seeking for truth separated from the fair-weather fan
- He also wanted to reveal in order for His disciples to be able to understand what the kingdom of heaven was and then they could begin to grow towards Christ-likeness as they followed Him.
This will allow us to see what the Word of God can teach us from the parables of Jesus — through the ministry of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us. We can learn what Jesus taught the original disciples about the mysteries of God’s Kingdom and utilize it in our own walk with Him!
Next post, we will delve into what the parables consist of. In other words, we will take the parables, break them down into categories, and discover—perhaps for some it will be the first time—the simplicity and the complexity of God’s holy word.
Until then, I will be praying for your Christian walk and also thanking God for allowing me the opportunity to minister, teach, and be of service to you!
Until next time!
QUESTION: Has this introduction been helpful to you? Why?