Jesus' Presentation of His Teachings Through Parables Essay

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Jesus' Presentation of His Teachings Through Parables

The word 'parable' comes from the Greek word 'parabole', meaning a comparison or analogy. A parable has also been described as 'an earthly story with a heavenly meaning'. Some of Jesus' parables are comparisons as they compare what is known and familiar on earth with the Kingdom of God, which is spiritual and less familiar. For example, in a parable in Luke 13:20 Jesus says 'The Kingdom of God is like…a woman who takes some yeast.' In this way, from the Bible, one can deduce parables are stories that convey teaching and is usually based on everyday life. A parable usually has one key teaching that the listener has to work out, which is why
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It is in such a case that Jesus told the parable of the lost sheep, in Luke 15:1-7.

Parables were useful in the teachings and ministry of Jesus for the spiritual truths they portrayed, were, and still are, essential in establishing Jesus as Messiah and the Kingdom of God on earth. Each of the parables in Luke's gospel conveyed something about God's Kingdom, for example, the parable of the Sower in Luke 8:4-15 where Jesus uses the image of a Sower scattering seed on four different types of soil or land; on the path, on rocking ground, among the thorn bushes and on good soil. He then goes on to explain to the crowds what seeds and each of the types of land represents. "The seed is the word of God. The seed that feel along the path [and eaten by birds] stands for those who hear; but the Devil comes and takes the message away from their hearts in order to keep them from believing and being saved. The seed that fell on rocking land [and when the plants sprouted, they dried up because the soil had no moisture] stand for those who hear the message and receive it gladly. But it does not sink deep into them; they believe only for a while but when the time for testing comes the fall away. The seed that fell among the bushes