Jesus often used parables to get his point across to his disciples. Parables are a window into another world and a mirror in which you see yourself. They are descriptive, not prescriptive—they reveal and conceal. As we walk through the parables of Jesus, use the resources, teaching, and study questions below to unpack each story and what it means for following Jesus.
These daily readings will help prepare you for the upcoming teaching
you will hear this weekend at Grace Church. These passages will create
some context for the sermon by showing you Scriptures the teacher might
be quoting and some passages that contain related ideas. Our hope is
that as you follow this reading plan, it will help you become more
defined and directed by Scripture.
Who was Jesus talking to?
1 About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”
2 Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. 3 Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. 4 So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
- Matthew 18: 1-4
25 One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”
27 The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’"
28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”
- Luke 10: 25-28
10 His disciples came and asked him, “Why do you use parables when you talk to the people?”
11 He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. 12 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. 13 That is why I use these parables,
For they look, but they don’t really see.
They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand.
- Matthew 13: 10-13
Parables Additional Resources
What are two errors people make when interpreting parables?
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Thoughts on Economic Segregation from the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)
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Jesus taught through parables in many locations—here are a few examples.