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Luke’s gospel has more parables than any other gospel, and many that are found only in Luke. The parables of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son are unique to Luke, but so are the parables of the Rich Fool, the Wedding Feast, and the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus. These stories were a powerful teaching tool, with drama and characters that made them easily remembered.
Parables have two parts: a story and a reality. Sometimes this is referred to as the worldly story and the spiritual reality. For instance, in the parable of the Rich Fool, the story tells of a man who accumulated much wealth and made plans to enjoy it only to die before he could benefit from his prosperity. The spiritual reality is that every person must be prepared for their appointment with God at the judgment, and to ignore this fact involves eternal peril.
Parables are not fairy tales. They are not historical, either, but they are true to the nature of life as we know it. Someone has said that parables make nature a witness to the spiritual world. Most importantly, they are easy to understand. They have a simple format, with a beginning, a problem or crisis, and a resolution of the crisis. But their message is not simple; they reveal foundational truths.
The acceptance of these truths depends on the one hearing the story. Some listeners, those whom God was drawing to himself, responded to the truth with understanding and obedience. Others who were not spiritually minded did not try to understand or hold onto the teaching. They were, said Jesus quoting Isaiah, those who seeing do not see, and hearing do not hear or understand. As in Jesus’ own parable of the Seed and Sower, they were like the hard ground on which the seed fell only to be carried away by the birds.
About this blog
During 2020 I plan to post weekly writings covering the material you would read during each week as you proceed from Genesis to Revelation in one year. And so for this week I have covered Luke 12 – John 2. Next week I will write about John 3 – 18. I hope you will continue along with me. You can find daily posts about these chapters archived here on the Bible in a Year blog. For your convenience here are the previous posts covering Luke 12 – John 2.
The Narrow Door to Heaven: Luke 13
Entitlement vs. Gratitude: Luke 17