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...]

Parable of the Good Samaritan: Meaning, Summary and Commentary

Parable of the Good Samaritan

What is Jesus trying to tell us in the Parable of the Good Samaritan?  What is He trying to tell us today in the church?A Good Samaritan Today, we call someone who helps another that they are a Good Samaritan.  This is because they are helping someone even at their own expense.  This may be helping someone pay their utility bill, driving a cancer patient to chemotherapy or even calling a friend or sending them a card to encourage them during their trial.  Actually being a Good Samaritan is h … [Read more...]