Jesus' Use of Parables to Teach About the Kingdom of God Essay

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Jesus' Use of Parables to Teach About the Kingdom of God

Jesus teaches about the Kingdom of God by using parables and allegories. I will outline his teaching by using examples from St. Mark’s Gospel, then I will go on to explain the differences between a parable and an allegory and explain the symbolic meanings of the allegories of the tenants in the vineyard and the sower. Following that I will explain the use of parables in St. Mark’s Gospel and why Jesus’ preferred teaching method was by using parables. Finally I will go on to explore the quote “this earth will never be God’s Kingdom” and give my opinion on this showing that I have considered another point of view.

The Jews had a very
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Anyone who was not a Jew could be part of it. Jesus used parables to describe what the kingdom of God is like and how people should act if they wanted to be in the Kingdom.

In the parable of the lamp, Jesus describes the Kingdom of God as a lamp because when a lamp is lit, it should not be put under the bed or under a bowl, but it is put on a stand so that all may share it’s light, just as the Kingdom of God can be shared by everyone. The meaning of this was that the disciples had to be like a lamp and let others see the light of god was coming from them. They had to set a good example for others to follow.

Another of Jesus’ parables was that of the Mustard Seed. Jesus uses the idea of a mustard seed because it is so small and develops from one person looking after it. When a mustard seed has grown into a plant, Jesus says that it is the biggest of all plants, so all the birds can make their nests in it, just like everyone can share the bounty of the Kingdom of God. The meaning of this parable is that the smallest seed will grow into the biggest plant, just like the Kingdom of God grows.

In the parable of the Growing Seed Jesus describes the Kingdom of God as the seed. In this parable a man scatters the seed in his field, every day he takes care of the seed and slowly but surely it grows. The meaning of the parable is that like the seed if the Kingdom of God is
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