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Parables of Jesus: Lesson Twelve

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Parables of Jesus: Lesson Twelve

Join us in this trilogy of three parables spoken by the MASTER.

Each story is of loss, however each story close’s with that which was lost has been found.

Whether it is a sheep, a silver coin, or especially a son, that which has been lost creates great joy at the redemption of what seemed gone. The Good Shepherd, allows us to have insight into his great mercy, and grace as he gives us a trilogy of trials which all have happy endings only due to the faithfulness of the one willing to search for that which was lost. Heavens Host actually rejoiced when you were found!

Matthew 18:11 “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost”.

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Parables of Jesus: Lesson Eight

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Parables of Jesus: Lesson Eight

Matthew 7:24
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

Join us as we explore the eight parables Jesus taught on proper Christian prospective and behavior. Jesus’ parables are short stories that teach a moral or spiritual lesson by analogy or similarity. They are often stories based on the agricultural life that was intimately familiar to His original first century audience. Some aspect of an unfamiliar concept, such as the kingdom of God, was compared to something from everyday life that could easily be understood.

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Parables of Jesus: Lesson Six

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Parables of Jesus: Lesson Six

The immediate environment of the people, and their situation is the foundation of the why JESUS spoke each parable. In this parable of the creditor and the two debtors the backdrop of what Christ is encountering brings forth the story of who loves the most. The mystery of this parable is we all owe a debt we have no means to pay. If it were not for a merciful creditor we all would be held in debtors’ prison.

Jesus was the master of teaching in parables. His parables often have an unexpected twist or surprise ending that catches the reader’s attention. They are also cleverly designed to draw listeners into new ways of thinking, new attitudes and new ways of acting (Getty-Sullivan, pp. 2-4).

Each of Jesus’ parables teaches only one or two important lessons. It is a mistake to look for meaning in every sentence or detail of the story (Lockyer, Parable). If we get bogged down analyzing the details of the parable, we may miss the central point, as in the proverbial saying, “You can’t see the forest for the trees.”

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Parables of Jesus: Lesson One

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Parables of Jesus: Lesson One

The Bible records only 2026 words spoken by Christ. This series “Words of Jesus” covers each and every phrase he spoke. We begin in lesson one with the first parable spoken by the Lord.

With so few spoken words of Christ recorded, to have this parable repeated three times in the synoptic gospels is GOD’s way of saying, “Attention, Hear this, Listen”. This first parable is a must understand principal of living a victorious Christian life.

Near the beginning of his ministry, Jesus appoints twelve apostles. In Matthew and Mark, despite Jesus only briefly requesting that they join him, Jesus’ first four apostles, who were fishermen, are described as immediately consenting, and abandoning their nets and boats to do so (Matthew 4:18–22, Mark 1:16–20). In John, Jesus’ first two apostles were disciples of John the Baptist. The Baptist sees Jesus and calls him the Lamb of God; the two hear this and follow Jesus. In addition to the Twelve Apostles, the opening of the passage of the Sermon on the Plain identifies a much larger group of people as disciples (Luke 6:17). Also, in Luke 10:1–16 Jesus sends seventy or seventy-two of his followers in pairs to prepare towns for his prospective visit. They are instructed to accept hospitality, heal the sick and spread the word that the Kingdom of God is coming.

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