Bible Stories for Adults
Parables of the Kingdom
Welcome and Announcements
Next Week - Jesus Shows His Glory (Matthew 17:1-9)
Bible Words to Remember:
The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news! Mark 1:15
Jesus' First Year Approach (Matthew 4:23-25)
How did Jesus reveal Himself and His Kingdom early in His ministry?
How difficult was it for Him to get permission to teach in the synagogues?
How was He received by the Jewish leaders early in His ministry?
The Reception Changes (Matthew 12:14)
How did this reception change by His second year?
Matthew 12:1-2, 9-10, 13-14
How did they explain the great miracles, healings and exorcisms Jesus performed?
How did Jesus show He was giving up on trying to reach the Jewish leaders?
Luke 11:15-16, 29
Jesus Changes His Approach (Matthew 13:1-3, 10-15, 34-35)
No longer invited to preach in the synagogues, where did Jesus now focus His teaching efforts?
How did His style change to reveal His Kingdom to believers but not to those who rejected Him?
Is this really the reason He spoke in parables?
Was Jesus purposely hiding the secrets of the kingdom of heaven from those who rejected Him?
How dramatic of a change did Jesus make in His teaching style at this time?
How did He make sure His inner circle of apostles understood these secret truths?
Understanding Jesus' Parables (Matthew 13:16-17)
As Christians, is it a simple matter for us to understand these parables?
Did the disciples understand the parables when Jesus told them?
Did they understand them after He explained them?
How can we hope to understand Jesus' parables while others could not?
1 Corinthians 2:7-10a
What should we do to better understand God's great mysteries?
What parable did Jesus give to tell us what to do with the understandings God gives us?
Six Points on Parables from Barclay
Parables make truth concrete
Parables use here and now to get there and then
Revelation 21:18-19a, 21
Parables compel interest
Parables compel the hearer to discover truth for himself
Parables conceal truth from those who don't want it
Parables were spoken
The Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:3-9, 18-23)
What well-known parable does Jesus begin with that begins to explain the kingdom of heaven?
How did Jesus conclude this parable that pointed the people toward its meaning?
How did Jesus make sure the people understood the connection?
Was Jesus describing a political kingdom that would be founded by the promised Messiah?
What key point was Jesus making about the kingdom of heaven in this parable?
The Parable of the Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43)
How did Jesus build on this theme to describe the lives of those in this kingdom?
Jesus didn't explain this parable to the crowd. Was it because the message was so obvious?
What was Jesus trying to say about the kingdom of heaven?
How were these parables responding to Jesus' encounters with Pharisees earlier that day?
Are we to work to uproot weeds of false Christians by shooting holes in their positions?
How are we to keep false Christianity from damaging Christians and their faith?
The Parable of the Mustard Seed (Matthew 13:31-32)
What short parable did Jesus give next without any explanation?
Though not the smallest, Jews referred to the mustard seed when describing something small
Khardah - Mustard plant grew into a tree-like shrub up to 10-20 ft tall
What is the common explanation of the mustard seed parable?
Wide fan-like branches were strong enough for birds to roost in fall
Acts 1:15; 2:41, 47b
What is the understanding of the birds in this explanation?
Ezekiel 17:23 (31:6)
What is another explanation of the meaning behind the mustard seed?
1 Peter 2:2
How do some scholars explain this parable in the context of weeds in the wheat?
2 Corinthians 11:2-4
Shouldn't we accept everyone who wants to become a member?
Acts 8:9, 18-21
Why should we be careful about how the church grows?
What is the purpose of mentioning the birds under this explanation?
Matthew 13:4, 19
The Parable of the Leaven (Matthew 13:33)
What other short parable did Jesus then give to further His lesson on the Kingdom of Heaven?
What is the common interpretation of this parable?
Three pecks of flour (about a bushel) was as much as a woman could handle - fed 100
1 Thessalonians 5:23
With all other Biblical references to leaven denoting evil, how do some explain this parable?
1 Corinthians 5:6-8
The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and Pearl (Matthew 13:44-46)
What parables did Jesus give to describe the unmatched value of the Kingdom of Heaven?
What is one view of the meaning behind these parables?
What other interpretation is also given?
What strengthens this explanation?
The Parable of the Net (Matthew 13:47-50)
What parable did Jesus give to finish His lesson on the Kingdom of Heaven?
How did He make sure this lesson wouldn't be lost by the Bible scholars?
The Parable of the Householder (Matthew 13:51-52)
Should we be concerned about differing understandings and insights of Jesus' parables?
How do we know if what we reveal is God's good intention?
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