Why Parables?

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Yesterday, we discussed the Parable of the Sower. Today, the disciples have a question for Jesus:

The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

Don’t Get Wrapped Up

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One day, Jesus was sitting by a lake. A huge crowd gathered around him so he got into a boat, sat down and began to teach them from there.

Here’s what he said:

Jesus’ Family

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Who is Jesus’ real family? Here’s how Jesus answered that question:

While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him, but they could not get near to him because of the crowd. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”

He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

(Matthew 12:46-50, Mark 3:31-35, Luke 8:19-21)

THE Sign

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Jesus gave sight to the blind, opened the ears of the deaf, made the lame walk, healed the sick and raised the dead. Apparently, that wasn’t enough for the religious authorities:

Some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.”

The Heart of the Matter

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Today’s question: Was Jesus demon-possessed or Spirit-led? You be the judge:

They brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”

But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”

Great Forgiveness, Great Love

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A Pharisee invited Jesus to dinner. They were joined by an unexpected “guest”:

A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

Soul Rest

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Here’s today’s selection:

“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

(Matthew 11:27-28)