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1 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:” “All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:” Matt. 13:34 1/3 of teaching Of Jesus MasterTeacher

2 WHAT IS A PARABLE ? Parable -- from Greek “Parabole” –“Comparison” “Figure” “Proverb” Para “beside” Ballo “throw” Parable

3 WHAT IS A PARABLE ? ISBE “Ordinarily signifies an imaginary story, yet, its details could have actually transpired, the purpose of the story being to illustrate and instil some higher spiritual truth.” ISBE

4 WHAT IS A PARABLE ? “A narrative, fictitious but agreeable to the laws and usages of human life, by which either the duties of men or the things of God are figuratively portrayed.” - Thayer Not a fable “Earthly stories with Heavenly meanings”

5 Why did Jesus speak in Parables? “Why speakest thou unto them in parables?” “Why speakest thou unto them in parables?” - Matt. 13:10 So only the disciples could 1. So only the disciples could Understand their meaning Unveils truth to those who will receive it

6 Why did Jesus speak in Parables? 2.Disciples used their opportunities Those who used them were given more Unbelievers do not use eyes / ears Parables veil truth from those who do not want it, and unveils to those ready and willing to see.

7 Why did Jesus speak in Parables? 3. To Fulfill Prophecy Ps. 78:2 = Matt. 13:35 Their Heart was not right Affected ears and eyes Contrast with disciples-Matt.13:16-17

8 UNDERSTANDING THE MEANING OF THE PARABLES Matthew 13 = 7 parables given 1.Sower 2.Tares 3.Mustard Seed 4.Leaven 5.Hidden Treasure 6.Pearl of Great Price 7. Net

9 UNDERSTANDING THE MEANING OF THE PARABLES Matthew 13 = 7 parables given 1.Sower 1.Sower – Power of Truth 2.Tares 2.Tares – Battle of good / evil 3.Leaven 3.Leaven – God gives increase 4.Mustard seed 4.Mustard seed – small start

10 UNDERSTANDING THE MEANING OF THE PARABLES Matthew 13 = 7 parables given 5.Hidden Treasure - 5.Hidden Treasure - Value 6.Pearl of Great Price - 6.Pearl of Great Price - Worth -No evil can enter

11 Nothing like this in literature Inexhaustible in their teaching Simple enough for a child Profound enough for scholars

12 Reveal the truth Conceal the truth Embalm the truth Assent to truth before they understand its application Purpose

13 Blessed is the man who reads them, comes to understand them, and lays them to heart !

14 By Arthur PigmanBy Arthur Pigman Evans Church of ChristEvans Church of Christ Evans, GeorgiaEvans, Georgia Sunday Morning - 15 May 2005Sunday Morning - 15 May 2005


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