JESUS used parables to teach.

It has been said that a parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.

The Lord Jesus frequently used parables as a means of illustrating profound, divine truths.

Stories such as these are easily remembered, the characters bold, and the symbolism rich in meaning.

Jesus has employed many analogies using common things that would be familiar to everyone (salt, bread, sheep, etc.) and their meaning was fairly clear in the context of His teaching.

“They said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,

‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.’ But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it” (Matthew 13:10-17).

Our Lord Jesus understood that truth is not sweet music to all ears.

Simply put, there are those who have neither interest nor regard in the deep things of God.

So why, then, did He speak in parables?

To those with a genuine hunger for God, the parable is both an effective and memorable way to fulfill the divine truths.

Our Lord’s parables contain great volumes of truth in very few words—and His parables, rich in imagery, are not easily forgotten.

So, then, the parable is a blessing to those with willing ears.

But to those with dull hearts and ears that are slow to hear, the parable is also an instrument of both judgment and mercy.

 

parables have always been a thing for me.

metaphors.

i love them so much.

it’s one of the main ways i truly understand and can apply in my own life.

my mind automatically goes to parables.

 

this summer, i was driving to the city with my sister. on the way, we drove past the place where she had been flagging a few weeks prior. she was kinda excited because it was actually starting to look like it was supposed to. this got me thinking.

carpenters.

they build.

they are proud of their work.

especially when a house is bought.

the house is serving a purpose.

a shelter.

a living area for people.

imagine how GOD feels about us.

HE made us.

HE built us.

HE is proud when we start living out our purpose.

the purpose HE gave us.

the reason we were made.

why HE put us on this world.

 

also,

on the way back home from the city,

my sisters wanted to change on the road.

so we stopped,

and they left the doors open.

there were A LOT of bramsin (horseflies) outside.

so they flew into the car.

as we started driving again,

my sister in the back was getting annoyed.

there was a horsefly, who would not fly out.

she opened the window,

she tried to direct it toward the window,

but it just wouldn’t co-operate.

“i’m just trying to help you and set you free!” she said with frustration.

that triggered something again,

that’s how i feel sometimes too.

there are people in my life who i so desperately want to ‘help’,

or ‘set free’.

but they refuse to be helped.

they would rather be stuck,

trying their own way by ramming on the back window,

no realizing that there is only the one way out,

the window,

JESUS.

 

 

 

all my love,

joanna<3

 

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