If we think that we know everything that Jesus meant when he spoke in parables, then we deny ourselves fresh revelation
Yes, it’s true. We cannot possibly know the Bible entirely, nor the fullness of Jesus’ parables. It is when we think that we “know it all” or that we’ve “heard everything” that we become unteachable. Fresh revelation ceases to exist, and the Word which was once so vibrant becomes dark.
Jesus was a wise teacher of scripture and biblical concepts. We see Him mostly giving instruction and explanation to His disciples- whom He equipped to go into ministry. Yet, as for the multitudes, He spoke in parables.
When Jesus wasn’t performing miracles, He often spoke to people in parables– stories that have symbolic meaning. He knew that for the most part, people for a time would find them charming, relatable stories because their minds had not yet been opened to the truths behind their meaning. But once their minds had been opened to the truths… Well, that’s when change started to happen.
Parables are more than just stories that Jesus told. They have deep meaning. And even though Jesus explained many of them to His disciples, due to fresh revelation we are still gaining even greater insight into their true meaning and how they apply to our lives.
Let’s take the parable of the talents…
For many years, I had heard it explained that a talent was money- that the master had given money to his servants. He was pleased with both the first and second servants because they had not squandered what was given to them. Yet I could never fully understand for a while why he was angry at the third.
The third servant knew that the master was harsh, and he didn’t want to displease him. So, to “play it safe”, he kept the money safe. There are many of us today who are not risk-takers that may be compelled to do the same thing. So why was the master so angry at this man’s cautiousness?
Then, I heard the same parable explained in a different way (much like in this upcoming issue, and it took on a whole different meaning!
Our February Issue dives into the meaning(s) behind some of our most beloved parables as we attempt to explain them with fresh revelation and make them pertinent to today’s living.
In it, some of the topics we discuss are:
- Whether we really are living to be a prudent provider with our finances. What does that truly look like? Who’s money is it anyway? What are we to use it for? (Parable of the Rich Fool)
- What is the difference between praying without ceasing and just vain repetition? If we don’t hear from God right away, do we continue to press in, thank Him because we know that He will answer our prayers, or just leave Him alone- it’s all in His timing anyway. Right? (Parable of the Persistent Widow)
- We think that we will behave in a certain way under a set of circumstances, yet what happens when we are truly squeezed? Additionally, we just expect God to forgive us- we take this for granted- yet in our own hearts, we can be cruel and vindictive to those who ask our forgiveness. We aren’t worthy of God’s forgiveness, yet He forgives us unequivocally. Why can’t/shouldn’t we extend the same mercy? (Parable of the Unforgiving Servant)
In addition, we explore the lives of many of the Old Testament characters such as the nine things we can learn from Joseph, how honesty, thought it might be difficult, will always triumph even in the bleakest of situations (Esther), and why Jesus spoke in parables, anyway.
All this and more in our February 2020 edition of Faith Filled Family Magazine coming out on Monday, February 27, 2020!