Parables, and Miracles of Christ
Parables of Christ
WHAT reference is made in the Psalms to Christ's use of parables?
"I will open My mouth in a parable: I will utter dark
sayings of old." Ps. 78:2.
parable primarily means a comparison or similitude; specifically
it is a short story or narrative drawn from life or nature,
by means of which some important lesson is taught, or some moral drawn.
2. From what
sources did Christ usually draw His parables?
nature and from every day experiences.
3. For what are His
Saviour's parables are distinguished above all others for clearness,
purity, chasteness, intelligibility, importance of instruction, and
simplicity. They are taken mostly from the affairs of common life, and are
intelligible, therefore, to all men." -Dr: Albert Barnes, on Matt.
one of His parables, what did Christ say?
"Who hath ears to hear let
him hear." Matt. 13:9.
5. What question did the disciples then ask?
disciples came, and said unto Him, Why speakest Thou unto them in
parables?" Verse 10.
6. What reply
did Christ make?
answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know
the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but
to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he
shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken
away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because
they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they
understand." Verses 11-13.
NOTE.-Christ's object, therefore, in using parables was to teach the
truths, of the kingdom of heaven,-truths not necessarily difficult to
understand, but which had long been hidden or obscured by sin, apostasy,
and tradition,- in such a way that the spiritually minded and those
desirous of learning the truth, might understand them, and the
worldly-minded and unwilling would not. When asked the meaning of any
parable, Christ readily explained it to His disciples. See Luke 8:9-15;
Matt. 13:36-43; Mark 4:33,34.
giving instruction by the use of parables, what question did Christ ask
saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto
Him, Yea, Lord." Verse 51.
extensively did Christ make use of parables?
these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a
parable spake He not unto them." Verse 34.
NOTE.-Parables are simply stories. All, young and old, like to
hear a story.
Story-telling is one of the most successful means of awakening an
interest, securing attention, and teaching, illustrating, and enforcing
important truths. Christ, the greatest of all teachers, recognized this,
and therefore made constant use of this method of instruction. See reading
on "Preaching the Gospel" in Chapter 150 of this book.
9. How did
Christ suggest that His disciples follow His example in teaching gospel
said He unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the
kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which
bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old." Verse
10. Which are
some of the most touching and soul-winning of Christ's parables?
of the lost sheep, and that of the prodigal son. Luke 15:3-7, 11-32.
parable is designed to teach someone great and important truth. The
first twelve in the list here given are intended to teach the following
lessons, respectively: (1) Good and evil in life and judgment. (2)
Value of the gospel. (3) Seeking salvation. (4) The visible church of
Christ. (5) Truths new and old. (6) Duty of forgiving others. (7) Call at
various epochs. (8) Insincerity and repentance. (9) Need of righteousness.
(10) Watchful and careful profession. (11) Use of abilities. (12) Final
separation of good and bad.
Recorded in only one Gospel
The Tares -
Gennesaret - Matt.13:24-30
The hid treasure - Gennesaret. - Matt. 13:44
The goodly pearl - Gennesaret - Matt. 13:45,46
The draw-net - Gennesaret - Matt. 13:47-50
Householder and treasure - Gennesaret - Matt. 13:52
The unmerciful servant - Capernaum - Matt. 18:23-35
Laborers in the vineyard - Jerusalem - Matt. 20:1-16
The two sons - Jerusalem - Matt. 21:28-32
Marriage of the king's son - Mt. of Olives - Matt. 22:1-14
The ten virgins - Mt. of Olives - Matt. 25:1-13
The ten talents - Mt. of Olives - Matt. 25:14-30
The sheep and goats - Mt. of Olives - Matt. 25:31-46
The seed growing secretly - Gennesaret - Mark 4:26-29
Householder and servants - Gennesaret - Mark 13:34-37
The two debtors - Galilee - Luke 7:40-47
The good Samaritan - Jerusalem - Luke 10:25-37
The friend at midnight - Jerusalem - Luke 11:5-13
The rich fool - Jerusalem - Luke 12:16-21
The wedding-feast - Jerusalem - Luke 12:35-40
The wise steward - Jerusalem - Luke 12:42-48
The barren fig-tree - Jerusalem - Luke 13:6-9
The seat to take - Jerusalem - Luke 14:7-11
The great supper - Jerusalem - Luke 14:15-24
Tower; king going to war - Jerusalem - Luke 14: 28-33
The piece of money - Jerusalem - Luke 15:8-10
The prodigal son - Jerusalem - Luke 15:11-32
The unjust steward - Jerusalem - Luke 16:1-12
Rich man and Lazarus - Jerusalem - Luke 16:19-31
The unprofitable servant - Jerusalem - Luke 17:7-10
The importunate widow - Jerusalem - Luke 18:1-8
Pharisee and publican - Jerusalem - Luke 18:9-14
The pounds - Jerusalem - Luke 19:11-27
Recorded in two Gospels
House on rock and sand
- Galilee - Matt. 7:24-27, Luke 6:47-49
The leaven in meal - Gennesaret - Matt. 13:33, Luke 13:20,21
The lost sheep - Jerusalem - Matt. 18:12-14, Luke 15:3-7
Recorded in three Gospels
New cloth on old
garment - Capernaum - Matt. 9:16, Mark 2:21, Luke 5:36
New wine in old bottles - Capernaum - Matt. 9:17, Mark 2:22,
The sower - Gennesaret - Matt. 13:3-9, Mark 4:3-9, Luke 8:4-15
The mustard-seed Gennesaret - Matt. 13:31,32, Mark 4:30-32,
The wicked husbandmen - Jerusalem - Matt. 21:33-43, Mark
The fig-tree - Mt. of Olives - Matt. 24:32,33, Mark 13:28,29,
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