Parable of the Shrewd Manager: Summary, Meaning and Commentary

Parable of Shrewd Manager

What does the Parable of the Shrewd Manager mean?  What lessons are there in this story for Christians today?What He Shrewd or Dishonest? Some translations have the heading of “The Parable of the Dishonest Manager” while others have it as “The Parable of the Shrewd Manager” but whatever you call it, Jesus had a purpose in this parable as He did in every parable.  Jesus used natural things that we are familiar with to teach a biblical principle in ways that made it easier to understand and so … [Read more...]

Parable Of The Lost Coin: Summary, Meaning and Commentary

Parable Of The Lost Coin

What was Jesus trying to tell His disciples and us when He gave the Parable of the Lost Coin?Once Lost, Now Found The old hymn Amazing Grace makes me think of the Parable of the Lost Coin because I was once hopelessly lost and it would take the supernatural work of God to find me because I was so blind and groping in the dark at one time.  It took the Holy Spirit to awaken me to the grace of God and so I never found God…He found me.  The old hymn didn’t say that God was found but “I was … [Read more...]

Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard: Summary, Meaning and Commentary

Parables of Workers In Vineyard

Jesus’ Parable of the Workers or Laborers in the Vineyard has meaning that some may miss.  What is Jesus trying to teach us in this parable?Jesus’ Use of Parables Jesus often uses parables to reveal what the kingdom of heaven is like. He portrays how one enters the kingdom and who the different characters are.  In this Parable of the Laborers or Workers in the Vineyard, there are things that He tells the disciples and us about the grace of God and that God is always more than fair.  Here is … [Read more...]

Parable of the 10 Virgins: Summary, Meaning and Commentary

  The Parable of the 10 Virgins has been a mystery for some but it is clear to others so what does this parable mean and what can we learn from it?Parables Purpose Jesus said that He spoke in parables to hide the meaning from the self-righteous but to make known the mystery of the kingdom to His own.  There is something special about the Parable of the Ten Virgins that many might.  He wanted to hide its meaning to those who thought they had a special relationship with God because of t … [Read more...]

Parable Of The Fig Tree: Summary, Meaning and Commentary

When Jesus spoke the Parable of the Fig Tree, what did He try to communicate to His listeners?  What meaning is there for believers today?Why Did Jesus Speak in Parables? Jesus told the disciples and I believe He is telling believers today why He spoke in parables, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given” (Matt 13:11).  The parables are to reveal what has previously been hidden as a mystery and He wanted them and He … [Read more...]

What Is A Parable? A Bible Definition

What is a Parable

Jesus gives us many parables in the Bible.  What is a parable?  Why does He use parables…to hide or clarify the meaning?Parables The word parable is from the root word “paraballo” or in the Greek “parabole.” This compound word comes from “para” which means “to come along side or compare” and “ballo” which literally means “to throw” or “see” with.  The parables are used in giving one or more instructional lessons or principles and can be an allegory and may include inanimate objects (like tre … [Read more...]


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