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1 The Parables of Jesus Jesus Christ Course Document # TX001251

2 The Parables of Jesus The first ten slides will show an artistic depiction of Jesus’ parables. Quietly study the image. Use your memory or a Bible to determine what parable is being presented. After some quiet reflection, name the parable. As a class, recall as much of the parable as you can while still viewing the image. What is the message of the parable? How does the artist portray the message of the parable? What are the common elements between the images and the parables depicted?

3 The Parable of the Good Samaritan Luke 10:30–37
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4 The Parable of the Mustard Seed Matthew 13:31–32 Mark 4:30–32
Luke 13:18–19 Image in public domain

5 The Parable of the Talents Matthew 25:14–30
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6 The Parable of the Fig Tree Matthew 24:32–35 Mark 13:28–31
Luke 21:29–33 Image in public domain

7 The Parable of the Sower Matthew 13:3–8,18–23 Mark 4:3–9,14–20
Luke 8:5–8,11–15 Image in public domain

8 The Parable of the Rich Fool Luke 12:16–21
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9 Overview of Parables A specific style of Jesus’ teaching
Narrative teaching, like storytelling: people are intended to hear the narrative and identify with the characters and the actions Honored tradition among Judean people: parables passed on wisdom of the ancestors to the next generation A well-crafted parable revealed injustice, led to repentance, and brought about change.

10 Definition of a Parable
A story that uses metaphors based on daily life to convey religious truths Comes from the Greek word parabole, meaning “comparison”

11 Common or Core Elements of Parables
What are the common or core elements of Jesus’ parables? Compare things. Use elements from everyday life to relate to audience. Contain a surprise twist to engage audience. Describe God—God’s nature, qualities, or attributes. Give examples of people’s relationships with one another. Explain how God wants people to act, especially if they want to be a part of the Kingdom of Heaven. Describe the Kingdom.

12 Importance of Parables
They describe God. They describe God’s Kingdom. They are an invitation to enter into the Kingdom of God. They describe how God wants people to act, especially if they want to be a part of the Kingdom. They are mirrors for people to see their behavior, especially what they need to change. They are a concrete reality that confronts people with the choice to examine their priorities and make difficult choices.

13 Parables The Treasure in the Field and Pearl of Great Price
Matthew 13:44-46 In both parables, a person sells everything he has to buy only one thing. The parables claim that the Kingdom of Heaven is what our heart most truly desires and it is worth more than all of our possessions. These stories invite us to commit ourselves fully to our lives of discipleship.

14 Parable - The Great Feast
Luke 14:16-24 Jesus tells a parable about a man who hosts a dinner party. All the guests give reasons why they can’t attend. The parable suggests that the Kingdom of God is extended to us to which we can respond or not. The parable also suggests that what makes one great in the Kingdom of God is responding to God rather than having status in society.

15 Parables – Lost Sheep, Lost Coin, Lost Son
Luke 15:1-32 In the first parable, a sheep is lost and the shepherd leaves his 99 to search for the lost one. In the second parable, a woman loses one of her ten coins and searches until she finds it. In the third parable, a son is lost, but later forgiven by his father. Lesson: God never gives up on us and it is never too late to turn our hearts back to God.

16 Parable - Jesus and the Rich Man
Mark 10:17-22 In the first parable when a rich man asks what he must do to inherit eternal life, Jesus responds by quoting shortened version of the Ten Commandments. In Jewish society, people saw wealth as a sign of blessing. Jesus turns this upside down by saying the man must give all his possessions to the poor. Lesson: We must remove anything that stands in our way to loving God and others.

17 Parable – The Last Judgment
Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus teaches about the Last Judgment using the image of a shepherd separating sheep from goats. The surprise of the story is hidden in the least ones – the poor, the hungry, the lonely. The parable makes clear that the standard for genuine discipleship is not what we say, but what we do. Lesson: It describes the Parousia and reveals the criteria by which people will be judged

18 The Parables of Jesus Closing discussion:
What is your favorite or most memorable parable? Why? What character in your favorite parable do you most relate to? Why? Describe the overall message of the parable in your own words. Notes: If you do not have time or you wish to skip the closing discussion, consider using these questions as an exit handout for the students to complete before they leave class.

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