Read Luke 18:1-14
You can call a parable a number of things: a juxtaposition, a metaphor, as simile, a story, a proverb, an example, or maybe even a riddle. Whatever you call it, Jesus loved to use them. He didn’t spell out exactly what he wanted to say, but he forced his listeners to really listen, to perceive, to examine, to relate these earthly stories into heavenly meanings.
The parables were secrets unlocked by the Holy Spirit. The hard-hearted, without spiritual guidance, could not comprehend the meaning of Jesus’ stories. Those open to the Spirit received the meaning of Jesus’ stories. Those open to the Spirit received the meaning and understood. Their hearts were soft, not calloused.
Jesus quoted Isaiah 6:9-10 to explain the benefits of understanding his parables. The hearer will see….hear… understand…and be healed (Matthew 13:14-15). What will be healed? Those hard and calloused hearts. Those difficult and edgy spirits that make us sick. This is true healing, the healing of a heart. So when you read Jesus’ parables, ask the Holy Spirit what the meaning is and how it applies to you. Be humble, because you may not like what you hear. Be a doer, and respond by changing your attitude and life. And be healed.
(from The American Bible Challenge)
YOUR BIBLE CHALLENGE:
- According to the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10, who passed by the wounded man?
- Jesus told a parable in Luke 11 of a persistent late-night friend who knocks on the door to borrow something. What did he want to borrow?
- In Luke 16:1-15, what does the manager reduce the first debtor’s first bill to?
- In the parables you read for today, who is described as someone who neither feared God nor cared what people thought?
- In Jesus’ parable about the Pharisee and tax collector, the Pharisee is thankful he’s not like the tax collector and what three types of men?
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ANSWERS TO: The Parables
- A priest and a Levite (Luke 10:31 -32)
- Three loaves of bread (Luke 11:5)
- 450 gallons of olive oil (Luke 16:6)
- A judge (Luke 18:2)
- Robbers, evildoers, adulterers(Luke 18:11)