A Parable Is An Ordinary, Earthly Story With A Heavenly Meaning

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A parable is an ordinary, earthly story with a heavenly meaning. In Mark 4:9 Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear”. This was a call to listen for those who seek the truth of God. There are about 35 of Jesus’ parables recorded in the Gospels. I chose to analyze Matthew 22: 1-14 and explain its relevance then and in our lives today. It is important to remember that in Jesus’ day an invitation from a king was considered a great honor: Matthew 22: 1 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying, 2"The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. 4 Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’ 5 But they paid no attention and went off--one to his field, another to his business. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them, and killed them. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding

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