EYE ON THE ROAD Luke 15 | Bellevue Neighborhood | 3.26.2017

Luke 15

Parables

✅ The 37 or so Parables of Jesus can be found in three gospels, not John.

✅ They represent a key part of the teachings of Jesus, forming approximately one third of his recorded teachings.

✅ Christians place high emphasis on these parables; since they are the actual words of Jesus.

✅ Parables are one of the many literary forms in the Bible.

Why Parables?

The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?" He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. This is why I speak to them in parables: Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand." (Matt. 13:10-17)

Principles of Parables

1. A parable is a metaphor or simile that comes from nature or common life illustrating a spiritual truth and/or spiritual principle.

2. The original word means “to come along side or compare” and “see”. In other words the story helps the hearer to "see and understand" a spiritual truth better by using a common life story to illustrate. Thus laying an earthly teaching alongside a spiritual point.

3. Generally there is one spiritual truth to a parable, only a few parables are told to highlight two truths.

4. When asked about the purpose of parables, Jesus suggested that they contain mysteries for those on the insider, while they hardened the hearts of those on the outside.

4. The reader should ask themselves what this story meant to the original hearers, and only then can we begin to get a glimpse of what it could mean to us.

5. It would be a mistake to force every illustrative element in a parable to have a spiritual meaning.

6. The people in Jesus parables are not real people.

Luke 15

In the three parables...

1. Something of great value is lost: a sheep, a coin, a son.

2. An all-out search ensues for the lost item: At this moment the thing that is lost must be found.

3. There is great rejoicing when that which was lost is found.

The Older Brother Mindset

1. Affects how we see ourselves

Luke 18:9-14

2. Affects how we see others

Luke 7:37-50

3. Affects How We See The Father

Luke 15:20

SO HE GOT UP AND WENT TO HIS FATHER. “BUT WHILE HE WAS STILL A LONG WAY OFF, HIS FATHER SAW HIM AND WAS FILLED WITH ............................... FOR HIM;

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