Why Does Jesus Speak in Parables?

LESSON:

Read the following Scripture then answer the questions that follow. Memorize the Memory Verse.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets” ~ Matthew 7:7-12 (NASB)

“But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places, who call out to the other children, and say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has a demon!’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.” ~ Matthew 11:16-20 (NASB)

Additional readings:

MEMORY VERSE:

“But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.”
~ Matthew 13:16 (NASB)

THOUGHT QUESTIONS:
1. Use a Bible dictionary and define “parable.”

2. Define “parable” in your own words.

3. According to Luke 8:16-18, why does Jesus speak in parables?

4. According to Matthew 13:10-17, why does Jesus speak in parables?

5. In Jesus’ parables, did He reveal or conceal truth from His followers?

6. What did Jesus mean when He said, “He that hath ears to hear let him hear?”

7. In order to understand Jesus’ parables, what characteristics should we have?

8. What hinders our understanding of Jesus’ parables?

9. How does God give more to him who has and take away from him was has not?

10. State what you believe to be proper guidelines for understanding the parables of Jesus.

FAMOUS QUOTE:

“It has been said that all the world loves a story. Certainly all the world remembers Jesus’ parables more than anything else He said.” ~ Neil Lightfoot

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