Jesus And His Parables (And Purposes)
Jesus And His Parables
Jesus spoke often in parables to teach significant truths about God’s love. A parable is a short story whose purpose is to teach spiritual truths, usually regarding earthly matters. Parables show us the deeper depths of Jesus. Parables show the unconditional love of God. Parables teach the truth of God in simple, easy to understand stories.
We will look at some of the parables Jesus spoke. The teachings from these parables will show the intimate love Jesus desires us to experience. It is vital we have an open heart so the Holy Spirit can teach us the meanings of each parable. Otherwise, Satan will have successfully blinded the mind from seeing God’s intimate love.
I acknowledge I am only a novice when studying Scriptures, especially explaining parables. This is why I rely on the Holy Spirit to be the teacher. I only offer my opinion. I encourage you to read the parables for yourself so the Holy Spirit Himself can teach you.
Purposes of The Parables (Matthew 13:13-17, 34-35)
Man’s ways are not God’s ways. Too often man attempts to bring God down to his level instead of attempting to reach up to God’s level. This is pure pride. Despite God lowering Himself to human form in the person of Jesus Christ, man still attempts to squeeze God into his own little box. Man refuses to learn the significance of God becoming man. God will have nothing of this. Therefore, He keeps Himself and His teachings hidden from the wisdom of men. God will only reveal Himself to the humble heart who wants to know Him. The apostle Paul preached Christ crucified as a stumbling block and foolishness to the proud.
Such was the meaning behind Jesus’ parables. The apostle Matthew amplifies it accurately. Matthew 13:13-16 “Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, ‘You will keep on hearing, but will not understand; you will keep on seeing, but will not receive; for the heart of this people has become dull, with their ears they scarcely hear, and they have closed their eyes, otherwise they would see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and return, and I would heal them.’ But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears because they hear.”
Matthew 13:34-35 All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden since the foundation of the world.”
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