Questions tagged [parables]

Questions regarding the short stories of Jesus known as the parables. They were common teaching devices in Jesus's era. Famous ones include the Prodigal Son, the Lost Sheep, and the Pearl of Great Price.

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What is the “harvest” in Mark 4:29?

Mark 4:29 (NASB): But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come. What does putting in the sickle mean (spiritually), and what is the “harvest”?
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Why does the sower not know how the seed grows in Mark 4:27?

Mark 4:27(NASB): and [the sower] goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows — how, he himself does not know. Who is the sower in this passage? I had traditionally read ...
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What does “fall away” mean in Mark 4’s Parable of the Sower?

In the parable of the sower in Mark 4, verse 17 says “and they have no root in themselves, but are temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall ...
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Is Luke 15 intended as an argument for, against or to qualify the idea of irrecoverable apostasy?

In Hebrews 12, the author argues from the account of Jacob and Esau to warn against apostasy. He suggests that if one sells their inheritance as Esau did, then there is no way to get it back, because ...
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Meaning of Matthew 21:44

Matthew 21:44 And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust. Jesus referred to Himself as the “stone which the builders rejected” ...
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Did Jesus imply that others cast out demons by the finger of God in Luke 11:17-20?

Luke 11:17 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste, and a house divided against a house will fall. 18If Satan is divided against himself, ...
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What clues contained in Jesus' explanation of the parable of sower (Mt. 13:18-23) that were hidden to them, and who are “them” (v10) in the context?

This is one of a few parables Jesus gave explanation to help disciples for understanding of its messages, which should provide us the hermeneutic clues. Text: Mt. 13:18-23(ESV) (also, Mk.4:13-20; Lk. ...
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What is the relationship between the word 'know' in John 17:3 and 'know' in the Parable of the 10 Virgins?

John 17:3 says "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." (NKJV) Matthew 25:12, in the Parable of the 10 Virgins, says "...
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Who is the dresser of the vineyard in Luke 13:6-9?

Luke 13:6-9 6 He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. 7 Then said he unto the dresser of his ...
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Matt. 13:8 - “the good soil”, Why different yields from “the good soil,”and what is the implications? [duplicate]

The sower is one (ὁ σπείρων), and he sowed "seeds" that have same yield potential on same good soild. Were the yields - 100, 60 & 30 folds to the sower's expectation, or to the potential of the ...
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Mt. 25:3-4: Shoud the 10 virgins know what's “ enough oil”? Is it possible to know? Was it their responsibility to know and prepare?

Is there a syntactical clue- who's responsible for "not"(no extra?) had oil, and why not? Context -Matt. 25:1- 13(ESV) 1“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lampsa and ...
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How can the kingdom of heaven be like a man?

Matthew 13:24: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed...." I'm stumped by how a kingdom can be like a man. Is there something in the original language that gives insight into this? ...
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When John refers to what is 'not written', in his gospel account, does he mean, in part at least, the parables of Jesus?

And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and ...
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Is the parable of the sower simple or a hermeneutical key?

In Mark 4:13 Jesus rebukes his disciples for their failure to understand the parable of the sower: "Don't you understand this parable?" And then he follows that with a second question: "How then will ...
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In the parable of the prodigal son, who does the first son symbolise?

The prodigal son has been claimed oftentimes to represent the repentant soul, this makes its identity clear. I believe there is more to the story. The father said all things belong to the first child ...
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Is the wedding feast in the Matthew 22:2-14 parable remarkable because of its size?

The king made a wedding feast for his son; the food list is headed by "oxen," Greek "ταῦροί," which I believe is the plural form. Thus, more than one ox? (there were other fattened livestock, but I ...
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What did the man in Luke 14:15 mean by “the kingdom of God”?

Luke 14:15 - When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!" What would have been his ...
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Purpose of the Parables: Mark 4:10-12 and Matthew 13:10-16

Is a plausible reading of Mark 4:10-12 that Jesus teaches in parables to confuse those "on the outside" whereas in Matthew 13:10-16 Jesus claims to teach in parables in order to better instruct ...
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Why did the father of the prodigal son put his best robe on his son? Luke 15:22

A pastor said he met someone from Ninive who asked him, “Do you know why the father of the prodigal son from the parable put his robe on his son?” He continued “because, otherwise, the villagers ...
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Is Luke 12:35-40 a parallel of Matthew 25:1-13?

Luke 12:35-40 NASB 35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they ...
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What does the “prodigal son’s” demand for his inheritance in advance symbolize?

“And he said, "There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.' And he divided his property between them.” ‭...
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In the parable of the talents, Matthew 25 , how did the servants trade their talents?

What is Jesus referring to as trading in the parable of the talents?
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Can oil only represent service?

Oil throughout the Bible represents service: How can oil represent salvation in: Mat_25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
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What do these two parables from the Gospel of Thomas mean exactly about the Kingdom of God?

Jesus said, "The [Father's] kingdom is like a woman who was carrying a [jar] full of meal. While she was walking along [a] distant road, the handle of the jar broke and the meal spilled behind ...
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What is the “swept and tidy” house referred to in Matthew 12:43-45 and Luke 11:24?

‘The lost Gospel of Q’ by Burton L. Mack, on pg 91, quotes Luke 11:24-26 seen below (compare Matthew 12:43-45) "When an unclean spirit leaves a person, it wanders through arid regions seeking rest ...
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Is the younger son’s inheritance restored in Luke 15:31?

In Tim Keller’s book The Prodigal God, he stated on page 30 and 45 that beyond simply being restored to the family, the younger son also has his inheritance restored further diminishing the elder son’...
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In Luke 15:1-7 is the shepherd in the parable equated to the Pharisees and the scribes?

[Luk 15:1-7 NLT] (1) Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. (2) This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with ...
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In Matthew 13:44, who is the man in the parables of the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price?

In Matthew 13:44 the kingdom of heaven is likened to a man finding treasure hidden in a field: KJV Mat 13:44  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a ...
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What is signified by the man without wedding clothes in Matthew 22:11-13?

The Parable of the Wedding Banquet in Matthew 22:1-14 has a lot in common with the one in Luke 14:15-23. Both tell the story of a group invited to the banquet (presumably Jesus' opponents) who do not ...
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Who is the 'Faithful and wise servant' of Matthew 24:45?

Who is the faithful servant that is mentioned in Matthew 24:45 and the following verses? If "Food' is the Word / Truth, and a Faithful Servant is coming to give food at the proper time - could this be ...
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Why would the tenants who killed the landowner's son expect an inheritance?

The parable of the tenants is repeated in three of the Gospels and has this line: “But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his ...
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Was the Unmerciful Servant literally expected to pay back his debt via torture and if so how?

At the end of The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant is this verse: In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. Matthew 18:34 The ...
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What is the meaning of the yields in the parable of the Sower?

After telling the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13, Jesus begins by explaining the parable to his disciples. He concludes his explanation in verse 23 by saying But as for the seed sown on good ...
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How to determine proper interpretation of “Kingdom of God” from context and grammar?

Question: Is the "Kingdom of God" a reference to "Sovereignty" or rule, or "the place of a National State"? How do you determine the proper interpretation of "...
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Do the birds who perch in the mustard tree have allegorical meaning?

In Matthew 13:31-32, Jesus tells the Parable of the Mustard Seed (NIV): He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. ...
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How is Abraham offering Isaac a parable?

The word παραβολὴ (parable) is written outside the Gospels only in Hebrews: Which was a figure (παραβολὴ) for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not ...
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Why does the woman “hide” the leaven in the parable?

In the parable of the Leaven from Matthew 13:33, why do some translations say that the woman in the parable "hid" the leaven in the dough (as opposed to mixed in other translations)? Is there a ...
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The Parable of the Ten Virgins - proportion 5 to 5 - meaning

In the parable of the "ten virgins" in Matthew 25:1-13, they fall into two groups of five: 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. I know that the numbers in Jewish culture have special ...
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Does Luke 16:19-23 illustrate an immediate transition into either fellowship & joy (Abraham 's bosom) or eternal torment (Hades) after death?

Luke 16:19-31 (KJV) 19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at ...
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Is it acceptable/appropriate to use a parable for a purpose other than its original intent? [closed]

Nearly every Christian I know likes the story of the Prodigal Son. (Luke 15:11-32) Who wouldn't? It's a beautiful story of love and forgiveness, illustrating that God is always willing to take us back ...
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What part does Luke 16:16-18 play in its particular context?

In Luke 15, The Pharisees criticize Jesus for his welcoming and eating with sinners, and in response, Jesus begins discussing parables. The first two parables (or hypothetical questions) follow the ...
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Luke 12:41 - Does Jesus answer Peter's question?

In Luke 12:41, Peter asks Jesus: “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?” Jesus does not answer directly, but responds with a question and a parable: 42 And the Lord said, “Who ...
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In Mark 4 what does Jesus mean by “the secret of the kingdom”?

In Mark 4, before explaining to his disciples the parable of the sower, Jesus tells them: [Mar 4:11 NIV] (11) He told them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on ...
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What is the meaning of Mark 4:24–25

I have surveyed more than 10 commentaries on this, some comment on these verses specifically, and the ones that do disagree somewhat. It is not clear to me if the meaning of these words is clear, or ...
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According to Mark 4:11-12, Luke 8:10 and Matthew 13:11-15 why did Christ speak in parables?

Mark 4:11-12, Luke 8:10 & Matt. 13:11-15 says that Christ spoke in parables so that the multitude in 'seeing they would not see' and 'hearing they would not hear', etc. ESV (Mark 4:11-12) ...
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Is Jesus the Good Samaritan?

It seems clear that in at least some parables there is an analogical correspondence between some character in the parable and Jesus. For instance, in the parable of the tenants in Luke 20, most would ...
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How exactly does parable of a tower and a war (Luke 14:28-33) mean that we should give up everything we have?

In the parable in Luke 14:28-32 I see advice to think first and give up risky plans. But the explanation in verse 33 says it means to give up one's earthly belongings, which is quite a different ...
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In Matthew 13:33 and Luke 13:20-21, what does the parable about the leaven in the flour say about the kingdom?

Matthew 13:33; Luke 13:20-21. What does this mean? Matthew 13:33 (KJV): Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures ...
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Parable of Ten Virgins: is Jesus' message “stay awake”?

In Matthew 25 Jesus gives the parable of the Ten Virgins. The point of the parable appears to be that one should be prepared. All ten of the virgins fall asleep. But then in verse 13 Jesus appears to ...
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What is the significance of both the priest and the Levite in the Good Samaritan parable?

In the Good Samaritan parable (Luke 10:25-37), the first two people who see the beaten up man are a priest and a Levite. However, a priest is a member of the Levite tribe. So why include both since ...