Adult / Kids Sunday School Series
June 22, 2008
Now all these things
happened unto them for ensamples:
In the Gospels "FOR" Us?
and they are written for
our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
I Corinthians 10:11
whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning,
we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Remember, the Gospels are still in the Old Testament
Gospels are not TO us!
However, there is plenty within the Gospels FOR us!
Parables are from a part of the Bible that is NOT TO us, but are still
there FOR us, but not to try to preach or apply today.
You do already know, right?... these are not to us!
The easiest explanation of what the parables mean TO us. Nothing!
But they are worth studying if one is interested in how Jesus' talked with
those that wouldn't hear, etc.
We really need no other justifications - explanations - or attempts at
making them fit TO us!
Why did Jesus use parables when He did?
Matthew 13:10-17 - And
the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the
mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever
hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever
hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak
I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear
not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy
of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand;
and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart
is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they
have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear
with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be
converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they
see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many
prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see,
and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have
not heard them.
Why do we need parables when we have the Bible -
the written Word of God itself!
- All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without
a parable spake he not unto them: That it might be fulfilled which was
spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will
utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
Now we can hear these mysteries from Paul himself!
Was there ever a 'clue' to Paul's time still to come?
- Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom
of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the
Note in Luke
8:10 - And he said, Unto you it is given
to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables;
that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
We will talk about the Kingdom of God more during
our time in Luke.
What is a Parable?
Interpretation of parables
It is said that a parable is "a comparison between material truth and
spiritual truth, designed to teach doctrine and obedience."
Parables are found in the Old and New Testament Gospels, which are still
Old Testament, remember - Hebrews 9:16,17.
There are a total of 41 parables taught by Jesus. Some disagree on the
number of parables, give or take a few.
Jesus teaching in parables was actually a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy
that was told in Isaiah 6:9 And
he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not;
and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
Look for the verses with 'like,' 'as,' 'like
REMEMBER: A parable is given for one main truth or doctrine to the
time of the kingdom of heaven in the gospels!.
Primary law of parables - A parable is given to
teach ONE central truth.
An attempt to make extended application of each
detail of a parable will produce false interpretations today. The
details of the parable are important, but they only contribute to the primary
meaning for the overall parable. (Lockyear)
Using Parables today supports many false teachings
A parable is given for one main truth or doctrine to the time of the kingdom
of heaven in the gospels!.
That's it. Not two or three.
If we try and chase every little thought and detail down and make extended
application of it we are headed for serious errors that lead to false teachings.
There is not a spiritual meaning behind every detail in a parable. The
details support the one main truth being taught.
Five Rules for Understanding the Main Lesson of a Parable
Parables applied TO us today are used to 'support'
false teachings today that were originally meant to teach to the Jews the
kingdom of heaven during the times of the gospels!
False teachings of the rapture such as 'Left Behind"
The rapture is taught using Second Coming verses.
Today's perverted modern church growth can be supported
by falsely using a parable, etc.
- 'church' instead of the world
Matthew 13:33 -
the false useage of leaven
is used to promote the false GROWTH within a church, knowing that Paul
preaches that gain is godliness
to men destitute of the truth,
from Paul's preaching shows the growth of apostasy, not membership and
increase of numbers, etc
The 'lifestyle' of a Great Commission Christian will
be lead by parables, but those parables won't come through in the end,
as does the rest of the folly
in today's Christianity.
II Timothy 3:9 -
But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto
all men, as theirs also was.
Remember, you are studying them for the times of the Gospels, not today!
If you mind those rules, you will see that the parables actually do NOT
apply TO us today - they actually contradict Paul's teachings on the kingdom
1. What is the plain interpretation of the parable?
Most often the parable is plainly interpreted in the immediate passage.
Jesus himself gave the meanings to many of the parables.
2. Always study the parable in its context.
Study the context that surrounds the parable to help determine the main
3. Study the parable in others locations in the Bible.
Many of the parables are repeated in the other Gospels.
Sometimes one Gospel will shed light on a parable in another Gospel.
4. Compare the main interpretation with all parts of Scripture doctrine.
“Parables illustrate doctrine; they do no formulate it.
Parables must not be the first source of doctrine.” David Cloud
What about the Rich Man and Lazarus
Galatians 1:6-8 - I
marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace
of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some
that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we,
or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which
we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Some claim that this is a parable Luke 16,
but that is only to support their unbelief in hell and that it is a real
place of eternal punishment.
Sower and Seed Parable
There are three reason that we know that this was not a parable.
1. Proper names were used, Abraham and Lazarus.
Proper names are NEVER used in parables.
2. Other passages of Scripture support the description of hell.
3. There is no indication or proof anywhere that this is a parable.
Many times Jesus would say that He was using a parable, or the disciples
would inquire about the parable - but that is not done here.
The Rich Man and Lazarus is a true story is not a parable!
1-8 - the parable
18-23 - Jesus
word of God is always compared to a seed at any and all dispensations.
Spirit of God
King James Bible -
Deuteronomy / Hebrews 4:12,13, etc.
Jesus explains it to them THEN, not to us now!
vs 19 - the word of the kingdom
vs 23 - where is the fruit, etc. today?
there may actually be fruit to try to prove they are correct - gain is
...but when compared to rightly dividing and Paul, it is apostasy and the
working of the devil and his ministers of righteousness preparing for the
antichrist and tribulation, etc.!