Over the last few weeks, we have looked to the gospels, to see what the Parables of Jesus have to say to us, and how they tell us how to live our lives. Obviously, with there being 46 parables, we will be unable to look at them in as much detail as we did with the Parable of Sower and the Parable of the Good Samaritan.
Either if you are planning to study the parables of Jesus alone, or as a small group, I recommend you read this post. We have compiled a number of tips, great resources and helpful links to other great websites, all related to the parables of Jesus.
The Bible mentions the words ‘unity’ and ‘family’ over 200 times in the Bible, which shows us, Continue reading Studying the Parables of Jesus – #4
Like last week’s post on the Parable of the Sower, I’m sure many of you will already know the story of this parable like the back of your hand from Sunday school; to read the parable again, click here or find it in Luke 10:25. The meaning of the parable and the message that Jesus wanted to portray to us, through it, I believe is not the same as what many people believe. We know from what Paul tells us in Galatians 2:16, to inherit eternal life in heaven it is not about our actions, ‘doing what the Law requires’ but about our ‘faith in Jesus Christ’.
It all starts off, with ‘an expert of the law’, who stands up and asks Jesus exactly what we’ve just looked at in Galatians; ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Remember, though, the man asking the question is an ‘expert’ in what obey the law involves and teaches it to others in the Jewish Synagogue. Jesus replies by asking him, ‘What is written in the law?’. Knowing all there is to know about what is written in the law, he answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Indeed, that is what the law says, ‘do this and you will live.’ This is where we see the true meaning of the parable. Continue reading The Good Samaritan- not as you know it. #3
This may be one of the most well-known parables told be Jesus, but I believe that that is no coincidence. – Jesus often told parables as way of teaching. Parables; a story that teaches us a truth about God or, a story shows us behaviour that pleases God were used often by Jesus as people remember stories. When looking into the parable today, we will look at what happens, an explanation of the events and what lessons Jesus wanted us, and the people listening to him to learn.
If you want to, then the whole story can be read in Matthew 13:1-9,18-23 or by clicking here. This parable is very easy to remember as it consists of four simple parts. ‘A farmer went out to sow his seed’ and ‘as he was scattering the seed’ it fell on different ground.
- Some seed fell along the paths, and the birds came and quickly eat it.
- Some seed fell where there were lots of rocks and not much soil. The plants grew up quickly, but because the soil was shallow, their roots were not deeps enough. When the sun came out, it scorched the plants, they withered and died, ‘because they had no root.’
- Some seeds began to grow where there were thorns, which choked the plants as they grew up.
- Nevertheless, some seed fell on good soil, ‘where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.’
Explanation of events:
Continue reading The Parable of the Sower – Parables of Jesus #2
The Bible is the word of God. Given to us as a guidebook on life. But since the Bible was started to be written over 3000 years, people have interpreted its meaning and how it tells us to live our lives very differently. However, the teachings of Jesus are generally regarded by all to give great insights to us. Jesus often spoke using parables. In this series of posts, we are going to look at some of his most famous ones and uncover what they mean for us in modern lives.
When looking in the Bible, the parables of Jesus are found in the books of the four gospels, at the start of the New Testament. They all document the life of Jesus, told from four people, living in different areas of society. Matthew, an educated tax collector and John, a much less accomplished fisherman, were two of the original twelve disciples and often with Jesus as he told parables. Mark, whose mother was a follower of Jesus, who have still been rather young while Jesus was in Jerusalem. After the resurrection of Christ, he accompanied Peter, a disciple of Jesus, documenting his observations and memories of Jesus. Finally Luke, a well-educated scholar and doctor. He never knew Jesus personally, but after becoming a follower of Jesus, after his death and learning about the gospel from Paul; Luke documented what eyewitnesses, such as Mary, who knew Jesus, had to say about the saviour and the parables he told.
To understand what is the key message in any parable and how it shows us to live our lives, we must pray. It is important to pray before you read any of the Bible. Continue reading Interpreting the Bible – Parables of Jesus #1