“What is the meaning of the Parable of the Good Samaritan?”… Luke 10:25-37 The Most Important Commandment 25 One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”…26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”…27 The […]

“What is the meaning of the parables of fasting at the wedding feast, the old cloth, and the wineskins?”……These parables, found in Mark 2:18-22, begin with a statement that the Pharisees and the disciples of John the Baptist were fasting. The twice-weekly fast was a tradition adopted by the legalistic Pharisees at the time, even […]

“What is the meaning of the Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price?”……Answer: Jesus had just finished explaining to the disciples the meaning of the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares, and these two short parables are a continuance of His discussion of the “kingdom of heaven.” He expressed truths […]

  “What is the meaning of the Parable of the Fig Tree?”……Answer: Jesus told the Parable of the Fig Tree—Luke 13:6-9—immediately after reminding His listeners of a tower over the pool of Siloam (John 9:7) which unexpectedly fell and killed eighteen people. The moral of that story is found in Luke 13:3: “Unless you repent, […]

“What is the meaning of the Parable of the Friend in Need (Persistent Neighbor)?”……Answer: Immediately after teaching the disciples to pray the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus told the story of the neighbor who was in need of bread for a visitor (Luke 11:5-10). The disciples had just asked Him to teach them to pray (Luke 11:1), […]

Parable #5–7 Parable #5…Luke 7:41-47 …The Moneylender 41 Then Jesus told him this story: “A man loaned money to two people—500 pieces of silver[a] to one and 50 pieces to the other. 42 But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, cancelling their debts. …Who do you suppose loved him more after that?”…43 Simon answered, …“I […]

Parable #39 – Matthew 21:33-44…The Wicked Tenants of the Vineyard?”… 1. Let’s sort out the people and things in the parable (then and now): what does the vineyard represent? Who does the vineyard owner represent? The servants the owner sent to the vineyard? The tenants?The son of the vineyard owner?…2. Doesn’t it seem a bit […]