Making yours more important than Scripture: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you.  But do not do what they do, for they do not practise what they preach.  – Matthew 23:2-3 The Pharisee’s traditions and their interpretations and applications […]

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Comes from despair: Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD; O LORD, hear my voice.  Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, OLORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? – Psalms 130:1-2 In the depths of despair, the psalmist cried out to God. […]

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Sin breaks it down: The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame. – Genesis 2:25 Have you ever noticed how a little child can run naked through a room full of strangers without embarrassment? He is not aware of his nakedness, just as Adam and Eve were not embarrassed in […]

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How Jesus used them in teaching: Such large crowds gathered round him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed.  –  Matthew 13:2-3 Jesus used many illustrations, or […]

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The Parables of Jesus

Teaching Parables: About the Kingdom of God The Soils (Matthew 13:3-8; Mark 4:4-8; Luke 8:5-8) The Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30) The Mustard Seed (Matthew 13:31, 32; Mark 4:30-32; Luke 13:18, 19) The Yeast (Matthew 13:33; Luke 13:20, 21) The Treasure (Matthew 13:44) The Pearl (Matthew 13:45, 46) The Fishing Net (Matthew 13:47-50) The Growing Wheat (Mark […]

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Only compounds problems: As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. Say you are my sister, so that I will […]

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Abraham’s was tested by difficulties: Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the feminine was severe. – Genesis 12:10 When famine struck, Abram went to Egypt where there was food.  Why would there be a famine in the land where God […]

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Jotham’s parable: A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. –  Matthew 21:8 This verse is one of the few places where the Gospels record that Jesus’ glory is recognised on earth. Jesus boldly declared himself King, and the crowd […]

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  God doesn’t use his to judge us: Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you.  You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.” Cain […]

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