3 January 2021 AM – Matthew 13:1-3 – Parables21 – Scott Childs
Introduction: As you read through the first three Gospels in the Bible, you will soon come upon the parables of the Lord. Read Matthew 13:1-3. In his parables, Jesus talked about all sorts of real life situations. He talked about planting seeds, weeds in the field, yeast in bread dough, hidden treasures, fishing nets, working in a vineyard, marriage, investments, debts, helping the helpless, fig trees, special dinners, lost sheep, wayward sons, unjust judges, and much more. Each of Jesus parables had one thing in common with all the others; they were based on true to life events of His day. Those who heard Jesus could picture clearly each story he told.
We live in a different culture and a different age. Many of the stories that were clear to Jesus’ listeners are a bit unclear to us. Therefore, we are going to need some guidelines to help us understand them properly.
Transition: This morning I want to point out several important guidelines to help us rightly understand Bible parables.
The first guideline to help us rightly understand Bible parables is …
We must know what a parable is.