Notes 9 - Teachings of Jesus - Parables - A7

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Teachings of Jesus - Parables By far, the most popular form of Jesus’ teachings was parables. The parables are stories that compare things. Parabole (parable) comes from two Greek words- para (beside) and ballo (to throw or lay down). Therefore parable literally means to lay down beside (for comparison). The parables of Jesus teach us lessons about God, Jesus, the kingdom of God, human nature, and relationships between God, us, and others. Most of Jesus’ parables come from ordinary, every day events. They capture the imagination through word pictures. Jesus uses these stories of comparison to express the mysteries of God’s kingdom in such a way that people can learn the lessons about being a child of God. We will look at a few of these to get an idea of Jesus’ teachings about being “kingdom people.” While there are parabolic sayings in portions of Mark, there are 4 parables proper. Three are in Mark 4 and one in Mark 12. The one we will examine is found in Mark 4:2-9. This parable is most often called the Parable of the Sower, yet the parable is not really about the sower. Some call it the Parable of the Seed, but the focus is not on the seed. Joachim Jeremias calls it the Parable of the Soils, because the focus is on how different soils react to the seed. But the parable is really about how different people (the souls) accept or reject the good news (seed). Read the parable and then consider the following explanation: The sower sows seed that falls into 4 types of soils. The first type is the path, which has been walked on so much that is it packed down hard. There is no way that the seed can take root, and the birds swoop down, taking it away. This represents the person who has hardened his/her heart against hearing the good news. No matter how much it is told, the heart never hears because the person has already decided that he/she will not listen. The birds are representative of the next thought snatching away the good news. The description of this might be “in one ear and out the other” with no stop in
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