HOST: Michael Whitworth
With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.
Over the past several days, we have read and thought about many parables of Jesus. During this period of Jesus' ministry, according to this text, He taught exclusively through these "earthly stories with heavenly meanings." As the Master Teacher, Jesus understood perfectly the hearts of His hearers and knew exactly what they needed to hear and how best to present it. He used these everyday scenes and images to convey spiritual lessons that were difficult to understand otherwise. He also used parables to hide these teachings from His hard-hearted enemies who were constantly looking for a reason to accuse Him of wrongdoing. Jesus' parables continue to be a valuable source of learning for us today. The vivid pictures that Jesus paints with His words still help us understand His teachings and timeless truths. What a blessing it is to be able to sit at the feet of the Master Teacher and to learn from Him.
Why do you think parables were (and still are) such an effective way of teaching?
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