He Did Not Say Anything Without Using A Parable
Matthew 13:34 “Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable .”
Mark 4:33 “With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand.
(4:34) He did not say anything to them without using a parable . But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.”
A parable is a story that everyone can relate to and is given to illustrate a lesson. A parable brings a lesson into reality. A parable is an analogy that makes the lesson clearer. Without a parable there is a risk that the lesson may not be completely understood by all. Jesus did not say anything to His listeners without using a parable.
The two writers of the gospels (Matthew and Mark), comment on Jesus’ teaching method. They both observe that, He always used parables. He always related His lessons to real life situations. He brought home the point through a story they could relate with. Jesus the teacher purposed to be understood. Therefore Jesus didn’t say anything to them without using a parable.
Parables reach people where they are. We who teach must purpose to reach people where they are. We must speak a language they understand. We must use vocabularies they are familiar with. If Jesus remains our example and Master Teacher, then His method must be ours. He always spoke to them using parables!
To speak in parables, you must interact with the hoi poloi to appreciate what they are familiar with. Jesus’s parables were mostly stories that existed at His time and were already known by His listeners. He only used the parables to make a point in His lesson. Jesus used that which was trending, so to speak, in order to make the point clear. If Jesus was aloof from society, He wouldn’t know what is trending and what to use in His lessons. He used parables because He interacted with His learners and target audience. We who wish to teach like Jesus, must descend from our ivory towers and meet the learners where they are and appreciate what is trending in their lives and apply it to the lessons to make it effective. Jesus did not teach without using parables!
Jesus was relevant because He knew His listeners and used parables they understood. We too who teach must find relevance in knowing our audience and use parables they understand. He didn’t speak to them without using parables.
Parables were also important in helping the listeners know how to apply the lesson. Without knowledge and ability to apply, the entire lesson is a waste. Applying a lesson is at the highest level of learning. Jesus used parables, to enable listeners apply the lessons in their lives. The good Samaritan story helps us apply the lesson of loving our neighbor. In order to help us apply eternal lessons, Jesus didn’t speak without using a parable.
Jesus spoke using parables to effectively tell us that He is part and parcel of our lives, He knows our lot, our jokes, our memes, our trending words and pictures. He is a God we can relate with. He also used parables to simplify God’s Word, so that we accept it and receive blessings. We too must keep the word simple and easy to understand, yes, even the prophecies must be made simplest for all.
Jesus used parables to help us remember that God is with us, teaching us and leading us. Jesus used parables and thereby combined simplicity and effectiveness.
May Jesus enable us to be like Him in our teaching, preaching and all ministries, Amen! (C)firstname.lastname@example.org (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but don’t edit the authorship or content… thank you and be blessed!)