The Parables of Jesus - Full List with Bible Verses (2023)

Parable of the Lamp - Matthew 5:14-16

  • “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Parable of the Speck and The Log - Matthew 7:1-5

  • “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Parable of New Cloth on Old Garment - Matthew 9:16-17

  • “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

Parable of The Divided Kingdom - Matthew 12:24-30

  • But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.” Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house. “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

Parable of The Sower- Matthew 13:1-23

  • That same day Jesus went out of the houseand sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boatand sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying:“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred,sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” He replied,“Because 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 they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables:

    “Though seeing, they do not see;
    though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

    In them is fulfilledthe prophecy of Isaiah:

    “‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
    you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
    For this people’s heart has become calloused;
    they hardly hear with their ears,
    and they have closed their eyes.
    Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts
    and turn, and I would heal them.’

    But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you seebut did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it. “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdomand does not understand it, the evil onecomes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealthchoke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

Parable of The Weeds Among the Wheat- Matthew 13:24-30

  • Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

    “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

    “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

    “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

Parable of The Mustard Seed- Matthew 13:31-32

  • He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

Parable of The Leaven- Matthew 13:33-34

  • He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds[a] of flour until it worked all through the dough.” Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.

Parable of Hidden Treasure- Matthew 13:44

  • “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

Parable of Pearl of Great Price- Matthew 13:45-46

  • “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

Parable of The Net- Matthew 13:47-50

  • “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Parable of The Heart of Man - Matthew 15:10-20

  • Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”

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    Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?”

    He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them; they are blind guides.[a] If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”

    Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.”

    “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”

Parable of The Lost Sheep- Matthew 18:10-14

  • “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.

    “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.

Parable of The Unforgiving Servant- Matthew 18:23-35

  • “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

    “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

    “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

    “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

    “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

    “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

    “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

Parable of Laborers in the Vineyard- Matthew 20:1-16

  • “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius[a] for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

    “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.

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    “He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’

    “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.

    “He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

    “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’

    “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

    “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

    “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Parable of The Two Sons- Matthew 21:28-32

  • “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’

    “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.

    “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.

    “Which of the two did what his father wanted?”

    “The first,” they answered.

    Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.

Parable of The Tenant Farmers - Matthew 21:33-45

  • “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.

    “The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way.Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.

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    “But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

    “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”

    “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”

    Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:

    “‘The stone the builders rejected

    has become the cornerstone;

    the Lord has done this,

    and it is marvelous in our eyes’[a]?

    “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. 44 Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”

    When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew he was talking about them.

Parable of the Marriage Feast - Matthew 22:1-14

  • Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.

    “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’

    “But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

    “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

    “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.

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    “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

    “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

Parable of The Budding Fig Tree- Matthew 24:32-35

  • “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it[a] is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Parable of Faithful vs. Wicked Servant - Matthew 24:45-51

  • “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Parable of The Ten Virgins- Matthew 25:1-13

  • “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

    “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’

    “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’

    “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’

    “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.

    “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’

    “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’

    “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

Parable of Ten Talents - Matthew 25:14-30

  • “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

    “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

    “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

    “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

    “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

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    “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

    “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

    “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’


How many parables of Jesus are in the Bible? ›

The Number of Parables

By some counts, Jesus gave us more than 30 parables in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. Others suggest the total number of parables by Jesus totals more than 50.

Where are all the parables in the Bible? ›

Common scholarly consensus says that the parables of Jesus are found in the Synoptic Gospels--Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Some have argued that the Gospel of John also contains parables, but typically, the wisdom teachings in John have been classified as allegories, not parables.

What are the parables explained by Jesus? ›

The parables of Jesus were stories He told to illustrate spiritual truth with everyday things. Seeds, fish, trees, bread — things people could easily relate to. While the parables He told sparked spiritual understanding in some people, they also served to make others aware of their own darkened spirituality.

What are Matthew 25 parables? ›

Matthew 25. Jesus gives the parables of the ten virgins, the talents, and the sheep and the goats.

What is Jesus most important parable? ›

Jesus often spoke in parables. The parable of the sower is the only one recorded in Matthew, Mark and Luke. Jesus' interpretation and explanation as to why he spoke in parables is also in all three.

What was Jesus's first parable? ›

Answer and Explanation: The Parable of the Sower, found in Chapter 4:1-20 of the Gospel of Mark is regarded by some as the first parable of Jesus. The reason for this is that of the synoptic Gospels, the Gospel of Mark is the oldest, being written down from oral tradition around 65 CE to 75 CE.

What are the main parables? ›

These were: the Ten Virgins, the Rich man and Lazarus, the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan.

What was the last parable Jesus told? ›

We find new life through a device of death. That's Jesus' last parable— throwing his life alongside ours.

What are the 7 parables in Matthew 13? ›

Matthew 13. Jesus explains why He teaches with parables—He gives the parables of the sower, the wheat and the tares, the grain of mustard seed, the leaven, the treasure hidden in the field, the pearl of great price, and the net cast into the sea—A prophet is not honored by his own people.

What are the 3 main parables? ›

  • The First Parable: The Lost Sheep.
  • The Second Parable: The Lost Coin.
  • The Third Parable: The Lost Son.

How to study the parables of Jesus? ›

10 Tips for Understanding and Interpreting Jesus' Parables
  1. Understand the nature of the parables. ...
  2. Understand the purpose of parables. ...
  3. See the parable in its proper context. ...
  4. Remember the cultural gap. ...
  5. Parables usually have one main point. ...
  6. Take notice of surprise details. ...
  7. Not every minor detail has significant meaning.
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What are the four types of parables of Jesus? ›

It has been noted, since the late nineteenth century, that the parables in the Gospels fall into three groups. These are usually given the names (1) similitude, (2) parable, and (3) exemplary story (sometimes called illustration).

How many parables are in Luke 15? ›

This chapter records three parables of Jesus Christ: the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost or 'prodigal' son, a trilogy about redemption that Jesus tells after the Pharisees and religious leaders accuse him of welcoming and eating with "sinners".

What do the parables in Luke 15 teach? ›

The parables recorded in Luke 15 were the Savior's response to the Pharisees and scribes after they had condemned Him for eating and drinking with sinners. Seen in this context, these parables contain not only words of hope for the repentant sinner but also a strong rebuke against self-righteousness.

What are the three parables in Luke 15? ›

Luke 15:1–2 is the framework for understanding three parables of action and words of mercy — the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin and the Lost Sons.

What is the easiest parable to understand? ›

The parable of the lost coin is one of the simplest parables out there! It is so easy to bring to life. All you need is, just like the verse says, (Luke 15:8) ten silver coins.

What is the shortest parable in the Bible? ›

The Parable of the Leaven, also called the parable of the yeast, is one of the shortest parables of Jesus. It appears in Matthew 13:33 and Luke 13:20–21, as well as in the non-canonical Gospel of Thomas (logion 96).

What is the most interesting parable in the Bible? ›

Jesus's most famous parable is probably the Good Samaritan (the only other real contender is the Prodigal Son), which comes from the tenth chapter of Luke. Luke contextualizes the parable around the question of a lawyer; this lawyer asks Jesus first how to inherit eternal life.

Why is it called a parable? ›

The word parable comes from the Greek παραβολή (parabolē), literally "throwing" (bolē) "alongside" (para-), by extension meaning "comparison, illustration, analogy." It was the name given by Greek rhetoricians to an illustration in the form of a brief fictional narrative.

Who was the first Apostle Jesus met? ›

Andrew the Apostle, the first disciple to be called by Jesus. Though we know more about his brother Peter, it was Andrew who first met Jesus.

What is the parable of the 99? ›

The shepherd leaves the 99 others and searches high and low for the lost sheep. Jesus stresses that when the shepherd finds the lost sheep he rejoices over it more than the 99 who did not go astray. This is how God will rejoice when a sinner returns to Him.

How many parables did Jesus tell in the book of Matthew? ›

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus used 23 parables to present his ideas and spread the Gospel or "good news" and of those, eleven are only found in Matthew. Luke has 24 parables, 18 of which are unique, and Mark has eight parables, with six of the eight also being found in Matthew or Luke.

What are two common parables? ›

10 Parables from Jesus Christ
  • The Lamp - Matthew 5:14-16. “You are the light of the world. ...
  • The Mustard Seed - Matthew 13:31-32. ...
  • Hidden Treasure - Matthew 13:44. ...
  • The Lost Sheep - Matthew 18:10-14.
  • The Budding Fig Tree - Matthew 24:32-35. ...
  • The Faithful vs. ...
  • The Heart of Man - Mark 7:14-23.
  • The Good Samaritan - Luke 10:29-37.

What are the four main themes of parables? ›

Terms in this set (4)
  • Descriptions of the King. God's nature, qualities, attitudes in dealing with people. ...
  • Kingdom responses. How we should act if we hope to "enter the kingdom" ...
  • relationship with out neighbor. How we should relate to all those we interact with as well as the greater community. ...
  • The fulfillment of the kingdom.

What were the last 3 words of Jesus? ›

To God, his Father: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” To all: “I thirst.” To the world: “It is finished.” To God: “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”

What was the last thing Jesus said before he ascended to heaven? ›

Then just before His Ascension into heaven, the Lord repeated the call: “Ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). As members of the Church and disciples of Christ, we must come to terms with this challenge today.

Who was the last prophet to talk about the coming of Jesus? ›

In Christianity, the last prophet of the Old Covenant before the arrival of Jesus is John the Baptist (cf.

What are the parables in Luke 14? ›

The first parable (14:7–11),2 with Jesus' subsequent directive to invite 'the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind' (Luke 14:13) to meals, is considered by commentators to be a reminder to the Jesus movement's earliest converts to act with beneficence towards those who were poor and marginalised within their ...

What parable is only found in Matthew? ›

Parable of The Two Sons - Matthew 21:28-32.

How many parables are in Luke 18? ›

Luke records sixteen parables in his gospel.

What does Luke 15 mean? ›

Jesus' teaching in Luke 15 is geared toward a heart transformation. He wants us all to see that, whether sinner or Pharisee, we are all broken. The prodigal son is written for the Pharisee to see the pride they harbor in their own works, and because of this they miss the glory of God in salvation.

What does Luke 15 8 10 mean? ›

There we learned that men can be lost because of unthinking ignorance. They become preoccupied with life, drifting away without intending to do so. There is no rebellion, no intent to be lost, but they simply wake up to find that life has moved them away from where they ought to be, and so they find themselves lost.

How many parables are in the Old Testament? ›

Throughout the more than 40 parables that Jesus taught throughout the Bible, He used parables to influence and challenge the thinking of the original audience and to help people consider a different perspective about Himself and the kingdom of God.

What lesson does the parable teach you? ›

The moral lesson of the Parable of the Talents is that we are to use and grow our gifts from God (blessings) for His glory.

What is the first parable Jesus teaches? ›

The First Parable: The Lost Sheep.

Why did Jesus say He taught in parables? ›

In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus asked His listeners to understand an intangible reality they couldn't see with their physical eyes—the kingdom of God. He knew they could only engage this reality with the eyes of their hearts, so He chose to use stories—what we commonly call parables—to illustrate His meaning.

What are the 5 characteristics of a parable? ›

The characteristics of a parable are earthiness, conciseness, repetition, conclusion, listener-relatedness, reversal of expectations, kingdom-centered eschatology, kingdom ethics, and God and salvation, and major and minor points (Osborne 2006).

Which gospel does not have any parables? ›

Jesus tells parables of the kingdom to describe its nature. In John's Gospel, by contrast, there are no parables or exorcisms. Jesus' teaching focuses much more on his own identity and his unique relationship with the Father.

What parable is only found in Luke? ›

Among the notable parables found only in Luke's Gospel are those of the good Samaritan and the prodigal son.

Is Luke 18 a parable? ›

The Parable of the Unjust Judge (also known as the Parable of the Importunate Widow or the Parable of the Persistent Woman, is one of the parables of Jesus which appears in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 18:1–8). In it, a judge who lacks compassion is repeatedly approached by a woman seeking justice.

Is Luke 12 a parable? ›

The Parable of the Rich Fool is a short lesson from the Bible that's included only in the Book of Luke 12:13-21. In the parable, a man's land produces an abundance of crops; more than he can store. His solution is to tear down his barns and build bigger ones to hold the surplus so he can sit back and enjoy life.

What do the parables in Matthew 13 teach us? ›

Jesus Christ used the parables found in Matthew 13 to teach truths about the kingdom of heaven, which is the Church, including the eventual Apostasy and latter-day Restoration (see Bible Dictionary, “Kingdom of heaven or kingdom of God,” “Parables”).

What is the purpose of each parable? ›

Tim and Jon share the definition of a parable from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “A usually short fictitious story that illustrates a moral attitude or a religious principle.” According to this definition, the point of a parable is to take something unclear or unpersuasive and make them clear and persuasive toward a ...

What is the parable of the lost son? ›

In the parable of the Prodigal Son, the father forgives his son when he returns and welcomes him home. In the same way, God waits for humans to realise what they have done wrong and ask for forgiveness and welcomes them back when they do.

What are the three parables in Matthew 13? ›

Parable of the Sower. Parable of the Tares. Parable of the Mustard Seed. Parable of the Leaven.

Is Matthew 15 a parable? ›

After a warning to his disciples not to follow the moral guidance of the Pharisees (Mt 15:13–14), he explains the parable (Mt 15:15) to them, saying that defilement comes not from what enters the mouth (Mt 15:17) but from the evil thoughts and deeds that rise from within, from the heart (Mt 15:18–20).

Is Luke Chapter 16 a parable? ›

Luke 16 is the sixteenth chapter of the Gospel of Luke in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It records the teachings and parables of Jesus Christ, including the famous parable of the "rich man and Lazarus".

Which book of the Bible has the most parables? ›

The Gospel of Luke contains both the largest total number of parables (24) and eighteen unique parables; the Gospel of Matthew contains 23 parables of which eleven are unique; and the Gospel of Mark contains eight parables of which two are unique.

How many parables are in Matthew and what are they? ›

Jesus presents eight parables in chapter 13 – this is the first time the term “parables” appears in Matthew, though Jesus has had previous, smaller sayings that sound like parables (e.g. Matt. 5:25–26; 11:16–19; 12:43–45).

What is the shortest parable? ›

The Parable of the Leaven, also called the parable of the yeast, is one of the shortest parables of Jesus. It appears in Matthew 13:33 and Luke 13:20–21, as well as in the non-canonical Gospel of Thomas (logion 96).

What parables are only in Matthew? ›

Parable of the tares (Matthew 13:24–30) Parables of the mustard seed and the leaven (Matthew 13:31–33) Parables of the treasure and the pearl of great price (Matthew 13:44–46) Parable of the gospel net (Matthew 13:47–50)

Which gospel has no parables? ›

Jesus tells parables of the kingdom to describe its nature. In John's Gospel, by contrast, there are no parables or exorcisms. Jesus' teaching focuses much more on his own identity and his unique relationship with the Father.

What is the last parable of Jesus? ›

Jesus' parable of drawing in the net, or the parable of the dragnet, appears in Matthew 13:47–52 and refers to the final judgment. This parable is the seventh and last in Matthew 13, which began with the parable of the Sower.

What parables are in Luke 15? ›

Luke 15:1–2 is the framework for understanding three parables of action and words of mercy — the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin and the Lost Sons.

How many parables are in the kingdom of heaven? ›

The first is the sermon on the mount. The third discourse begins in Matthew 13 and contains seven individual kingdom parables, two with lengthy explanations. There are more kingdom parables in chapters 20, 22 and 25.


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