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In today’s Christian Religious Studies class, We will be discussing Jesus Teaching in Parables. We hope you enjoy the class!
Jesus Teaching in Parables
Meaning of “Parables”
Parables are earthly stories with heavenly meanings. It is also a short story told in order to teach a moral lesson or spiritual truth about God and the right attitude to life using life experience.
Jesus taught many things in parables; He taught about the kingdom of God, God’s love, attitude to earthly possessions, etc.
Parables About “The Kingdom of God”
1. The Sower (Matthew 13: 1-9; 18-28)
Jesus told His disciples the parable about a sower who went out to sow, as the sower sowed, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. Some seed fell on rocky soil where there was no much soil, it germinated but withered away due to the scorch of the sun because it had no root, some other seed fell among thorns and the thorns grew and choked them. Finally, some seed fell on the good soil, germinated and produced much fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixty and thirty.
Meaning of the Parable
1. The sower is Jesus Christ and His disciples.
2. The seed is the Gospel or Good News.
3. The seed that fell along the path are those who hear the word but Satan snatched it away from them.
4. The seed that fell on the rocky ground are people who hear the word of God, receive it with Joy but because they had no root, they endured for a while and fell away in times of persecution and tribulation.
5. Those that fell among thorns represent those hearers who allow the pleasures and cares of this world to choke the word of God out of them.
6. The seed that fell on the good soil represents the fruitful hearers who continue in the word of God and maintain loyalty to God through obedience to His word.
2. The Wheat and the Tares (Matt. 13: 24-30; 36-43)
The parable of the wheat and the tares is a parable that teaches about the judgment day of God.
Jesus compared the kingdom of heaven to a man who sowed wheat but in the night an enemy sowed weeds or tares among them, and both the wheat and the tares grew or germinated together.
When the servants of the master wanted to uproot the tares, the master did not allow them lest they uproot the wheat in the process. The master said to the servants, Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds and burn them and to put the wheat in the barn.
Meaning of the Parables
1 The sower is the son of man (Jesus) and the Lord of the Harvest.
2 The field is the world.
3 The wheat stands for good people.
4 The tares or weeds stand for bad people.
5 The harvest is the end of the world or the judgment day.
6 The reapers are the angels who will separate and gather the bad people into the furnace of fire and the good people into the kingdom of God.
7 Hell is the fire and heaven is the barn.
8 In our society today, both the good and the evil ones live and worship together, but on Judgment Day, God will make a separation between the righteous and the unrighteous people.
9 As Christians, we should learn from this parable to live a godly life so that we would not face condemnation on the Judgment Day.
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