Parables, simple stories with profound revelation. Jesus had a way of engaging with people through stories that were instantly recognisable everyday scenarios and yet contained within them veiled revelations, truths about God, His kingdom and the life of the listener. The key to unlocking the revelation was a humble heart combined with a desire to know more about God. In Mark 4:9 Jesus said; “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
So, I urge you with the Parables to pay keen attention to the audience Jesus was addressing, consider the context of the day, repetition, take notice of surprise twists in the parable and especially the ending and then try to discern the BIG IDEA as there is normally one BIG IDEA in a parable.
Why don’t you do this yourself with;
- The Parable of the Sower
- The Parable of the Seed Growing
- The Parable of the Mustard Seed