Introduction A few days after His triumphant entrance into Jerusalem, Jesus was in the Temple teaching. Jewish religious leaders had decided Jesus must be stopped even if it meant killing Him. Perhaps disturbed by the good receptions Jesus received on entering the city and hoping to get Him to say something they can use againstContinue reading “Parables Part 12”
Introduction A few days after His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus was teaching in the Temple when the chief priests and elders questioned His authority to teach. Jesus countered with His own question. “The baptism of John, from where did it come? From heaven or from man?” The Jewish leaders were afraid to answer thatContinue reading “Parables Part 11”
Introduction The last two parables we studied were the “Two Lost Sons” and “The Pharisee and Tax Collector.” Both these parables are stark reminders that there are two contrasting ways to be “lost” to God. The first way is to be a sinner in open rebellion to God. The second way is to be aContinue reading “Parables Part 10”
Introduction Jesus’ “Lost Sons” parable we studied last time ends with unresolved questions. Will the brothers be reconciled? What will be the elder brother’s future status? Will the elder brother be reconciled with his father? These are questions of interest, but Jesus answered none of them. Why? No one knows for certain what Jesus hadContinue reading “Parables Part 9”
Introduction References: The Gospel of Luke, William Hendriksen, Baker Book House, 1978; The Prodigal God, Timothy Keller, Penguin Books, 2008; All The Parables of Jesus, Herbert Lockyer, Zondervan Publishing, 1963. Luke 15 In Luke 15 we find Jesus in the midst of a crowd preparing to teach. Tax collectors and sinners were gathered close toContinue reading “Parables Part 8”
Introduction We began our study of parables with the “Two Builders” parable which instructs believers to build a strong foundation for life, one able to withstand the storms they will inevitably encounter. Next, we studied the eight parables of Matthew 13, all dealing with the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus spoke the first four to aContinue reading “Parables Part 7”
Introduction As you know, after my current detailed study of Matthew 13, I realized that the interpretations I had heard all my life for 4 parables did not seem to fit the context in which they are embedded. In Part 5, I gave you specifics on the things that bothered me. The four parables inContinue reading “Parables Part 6”
Introduction Acts 17 has a lesson for each of us: Acts 17:10-11, “The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures dailyContinue reading “Parables Part 5”
Warning: There will be Opposition The parable of the “Sower” or “Four Soils” teaches that God freely sows His good seed in spiritual hearts, but hard, shallow, and crowded hearts fail to produce a harvest. In fruitful hearts, the seed germinates, the plant grows, and ultimately yields a bountiful harvest. It is unfortunately true thatContinue reading “Parables Part 4”
Introduction Jesus’ parables are important and revealing. They confront people with tough questions and difficult issues. “Why do people do the things they do?” Why is it one person can stand fast in integrity no matter what, but another person bends to every temptation? Why can two people hear the same presentation of the gospel,Continue reading “Parables Part 3”
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