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Parables

Parables

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Introduction

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Introduction to the Parables Mike Johnson “All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them.”  (Mt. 13:34) This passage speaks of the beginning of Christ’s teaching by parables.  It also indicates that one of the primary methods employed by Him in his instruction was […]

Best Seats

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The Parable of the Best Seats Mike Johnson “When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then […]

Dragnet

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The Parable of the Dragnet Mike Johnson In Matthew 13, there are several parables recorded.  One is the “Parable of the Net,” recorded in verses 47-50. Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to […]

Barren Fig Tree

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The Parable of the Fig Tree Mike Johnson The Bible mentions fig trees several times.  For example, Matthew 21:19 speaks of a withered fig tree; John 1:48 tells about a person under a fig tree, while James 3:12 asks a question about a fig tree.  There is an interesting parable about a fig tree recorded in […]

Good Samaritan

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The Parable of the Good Samaritan Mike Johnson In Luke 10:25, we read about a lawyer who tested Jesus with a question. The question was, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus responded by asking the lawyer to tell Him the teaching of the law. This question should have been easy to answer […]

Great Supper

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The Parable of the Great Supper Mike Johnson The “Parable of the Great Supper” is in Luke 14:16-24.  Jesus taught this parable in the house of one of the chief Pharisees.  Verse 1 indicates that Jesus had gone there on the Sabbath day to eat bread.  While there, Jesus healed a man and taught about […]

Hidden Treasure

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The Parable of the Hidden Treasure Mike Johnson Matthew 13:44 records the Parable of the Hidden Treasure. It says, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” This […]

Lost Sheep

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The Parable of the Lost Sheep Mike Johnson In Luke 15, three parables teach the same general lesson.  They are the parables of the “Lost Sheep,” the “Lost Coin,” and the “Prodigal Son.”  In this article, we will discuss the “Parable of the Lost Sheep” is in verses 4-7. What man of you, having a […]

Lost Son

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The Parable of the Lost Son Mike Johnson There are three very well know parables recorded in Luke 15.  They are the parables of the “Lost Sheep,” the “Lost Coin,” and the “Lost Son.”  The setting in which Jesus presented these parables is in verses 1-2.  The publicans and sinners had drawn near Christ, prompting the Pharisees and scribes […]

Marriage Feast

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The Parable of the Marriage Feast Mike Johnson  In Matthew 21, Jesus presented the “Parable of the Two Sons” and the “Parable of the Wicked Husbandman” after certain chief priests and elders questioned His authority (21:23).  After hearing these parables, they perceived that Jesus was talking about them (21:45) and wanted to arrest Him, but […]

Mustard Seed

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The Parable of the Mustard Seed Mike Johnson Matthew 13:31-32 is one of the accounts where “The Parable of the Mustard Seed” is found, and it tells us about the growth of the kingdom. The passage says: Another parable He put forth to them, saying: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which […]

Rich Fool

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The Parable of the Rich Fool Mike Johnson The Parable of the Rich Fool is in Luke 12:16-21.  Here, Jesus said: Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.  And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store […]

Pharisee & the Tax Collector

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The Parable of the Pharisee & the Tax Collector Mike Johnson The “Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector” is only found in Luke 18:9-14.  Jesus pointed out that a Pharisee and a tax collector went to the temple to pray.  He then contrasted their prayers and attitudes. He addresses the parable “to some who […]

Unworthy Servant

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The Parable of the Unworthy Servant Mike Johnson The Parable of the Unworthy Servant is found in Luke 17:7-10. And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’? But will he not rather […]

Sower

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The Parable of the Sower Mike Johnson One of the most familiar parables taught by Christ is the “Parable of the Sower.” We know that a teacher has an important responsibility. This parable, however, makes the essential point that hearers have a critical obligation also. The Parable of the Sower is in three of the […]

The Ten Virgins

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The Parable of the Ten Virgins Mike Johnson The “Parable of the Ten Virgins” is recorded in Matthew 25:1-13. The passage says that ten virgins were waiting for the return of a bridegroom who did not arrive on time. Consequently, five of the virgins (referred to as foolish) ran out of oil for their lamps and […]

Tower

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THE PARABLE OF THE TOWER Mike Johnson The “Parable of the Tower” is in Luke 14:28-30. A similar parable, The “Parable of the King,” is recorded in verses 31-32. Both of these parables show the importance of “counting the cost.” The focus of this article will be the first parable. It reads:  “For which of […]

Two Builders

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The Parable of the Two Builders (Mt. 7:24-27, Lk. 6:47-49) Mike Johnson From time to time, a great deal of damage occurs throughout our country and the world due to extensive rainfall. Floodwaters, as well as mudslides, can cause death and destruction.  Likewise, a house can topple down a hillside.  Such events, although tragic, brings to […]

Two Sons

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THE PARABLE OF THE TWO SONS Mike Johnson This intriguing parable is recorded in Matthew 21:28-32. At this point, Jesus’ enemies were intensely trying to discredit Him. After their attempt, He presented “The Parable of the Two Sons.” Verses 23-27 reveal the circumstances surrounding this parable. The chief priests and elders had asked Jesus, “By […]

Unmerciful Servant

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The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant (Matthew 18:21-35) Mike Johnson On one occasion, during the ministry of Jesus, Peter asked Him this question, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?  Up to seven times?” Peter probably felt the number which he mentioned was very generous.  Seven times would have […]

Wicked Vinedressers

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The Wicked Vinedressers (Mt. 21:33-44, Mk. 12:1-11, Lk. 20:9-18) Mike Johnson The Bible indicates that Jesus taught a great deal by parables. He would take something the people were familiar with and compare it to a spiritual truth to educate them. In His parables, Jesus discussed such things as planting seeds, baking bread, finding a hidden […]