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11. Jesus Explains The Parables
Why Does Jesus Speak In Parables?
The Meaning of the Parable of the Sower
he was alone, those who were around him with the twelve disciples,
do you speak to them in parables?"
He answered them, "To you it is
given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God in Heaven. But
to the rest, those
who are outside, it
is not given to them. So, all
things are done in parables. For whoever has, to him will be
given, and he will have abundance, but whoever doesn't have,
from him will be taken away even that which he has. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they
don't see nor perceive,
and hearing, they don't hear, neither do they understand. In them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says, 'By hearing you will hear, and will in no way understand;
you will see, and will in no way perceive: lest
they should turn, and their sins be forgiven them.' for
this people's heart has grown callous, their ears are dull of
hearing, they have closed their eyes; or else perhaps they might
perceive with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with
their heart, and should turn again; and I would heal them.
But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for
they hear. For most certainly I tell you that many prophets and
righteous men desired to see the things which you see, and
didn't see them; and to hear the things which you hear, and
didn't hear them"
Set the Lamp on a Lampstand
Then his disciples asked him,
"What does this parable mean?"
He said to them,
"Don't you understand this parable? How will you understand all
of the parables? Hear,
then, the parable of the farmer (the sower): the
seed is the word of God and the
farmer sows the word."
"The ones by the road, where
the word is sown, are
the ones who
hear, then when
anyone hears the word of the Kingdom, and doesn't understand it,
the evil one comes, and snatches away that which has been sown
in his heart. Or, when
they have heard, immediately Satan comes, and takes away the
word which has been sown in them. The
devil comes, and takes away the word from their heart, that they
may not believe and be saved. This is what was sown by the
"In the same way are what
was sown on the rocky places, who,
when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with joy. But they
have no root in themselves, and are
short-lived. So, this
is he who hears the word, and immediately with joy and (gladness), receives
he has no root in himself, but endures and believes only
for a while. For when
oppression or persecution arises because of the word,
immediately he stumbles. So,
he falls away
in time of temptation."
"Others are what
was sown among the thorns. These
are those who have heard the word. But, the
cares of this age choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. So, this
is he who hears the word, but the cares of this age and the
deceitfulness of riches, the pleasures
of life, and the lusts of other
things entering in, choke
the word, and he becomes unfruitful. As
they go on their way they bring
no fruit to maturity."
was sown on the good ground, are
those who hear the word, and accept it, and bear fruit. So, this
is he who hears the word, with an
honest and good heart, and
understands it and accepts it, so
that they (keep
heard the word, they hold
it tightly, and bring forth fruit with patience some
thirty times, some sixty times, and some one hundred times. They
most certainly bear fruit."
The Meaning of the Parable of the Tares
"No one, when he has lit a
lamp, covers it with a container, or puts it under a bed; but
puts it on a stand, that those who enter in may see the light. For nothing is hidden, that will not be revealed; nor
anything secret, that will not be known and come to light. If any man has
ears to hear, let him hear."
He said to them, "Take heed what you hear. With whatever
measure you measure, it will be measured to you, and more will
be given to you who hear. So, be
careful therefore how you hear. For
whoever has, to him will more be given, and
he will have abundance, and
he who doesn't have, even that which he has will be taken away
from him. Even
that which he thinks he has will be taken away."
The Meaning of the Parable of the Hidden Treasure
Then Jesus sent the multitudes
away, and went into the house. His disciples came to him,
saying, "Explain to us the parable of the darnel weeds of the
He answered them, "He who sows the good seed is the Son of
Man, the field is the world; and the good seed, these are the
children of the Kingdom; and the darnel weeds are the children
of the evil one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end
of the age, and the reapers are angels. As therefore the darnel weeds are gathered up and burned with
fire; so will it be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will gather
out of his Kingdom all things that cause stumbling, and those
who do iniquity, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be
weeping and the gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth like the sun in the
Kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
The Meaning of the Parable of the Pearl of Great Price
"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven
is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found, and
hid. In his joy, he goes and sells all that he has, and buys
The Meaning of the Parable of the Net
"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven
is like a man who is a merchant seeking fine pearls, who having found one pearl of great price, he went and sold
all that he had, and bought it."
The Meaning of the Parable of the Householder
"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven
is like a dragnet, that was cast into the sea, and gathered some
fish of every kind, which, when it was filled, they drew up on the beach. They
sat down, and gathered the good into containers, but the bad
they threw away. So will it be in the end of the world. The angels will come
forth, and separate the wicked from among the righteous, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be
the weeping and the gnashing of teeth."
Jesus said to them, "Have you
understood all these things?"
They answered him, "Yes, Lord."
He said to them, "Therefore, every scribe who has been made a
disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who is a
householder, who brings out of his treasure new and old things."
It happened that when Jesus had finished these parables, he
departed from there.
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