All should read Jesus' parables and take a deep interest in them. One third of Jesus' teaching were parables.

Jesus taught in His parables the enrichment of truth and life, that His followers earnestly seek God's Kingdom and obediently hold fast to His teachings. His instruction prepares them to be able workers in The Kingdom Of God.

So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet:
"I will open my month in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world." Matthew 13:35 NIV

The definition of a parable is a short story, designed to convey some truth or moral lesson, a discourse or saying that conveys the intended meaning by a comparison or under the likeness to represent or resemble a nearness for comparison. A parable can be similar to an expanded proverb.

Much of Jesus' teachings are in parabolic form. Jesus' parables are lessons, usually brief narratives, varying in complexity, are (and) taken from everyday experiences in life to convey a spiritual truth about God's character, His Kingdom, His principles and His morals, relationship with Him and of the end times.

Jesus used this method of teaching to enlighten, exhort, and edify, emphasising central truths of the right use of wealth, obedience, sincere discipleship, servanthood and reward, humility, prayer, love and forgiveness. Some of the Parables of Jesus are historical, prophetic and of judgement.

No other prophet in The Bible applied signs and objects for God and Himself the way Jesus did, as well as the clarity of His preaching and to instruct. Many images in Jesus' parables focus upon who He is and Jesus clearly affirms His deity.

There are many facets to Jesus' parables, including two or three different levels of understanding and although Jesus taught memorable stories, His disciples needed to be told of their hidden meaning and it is the explanation that is of value. Unless the truth and application cores of Jesus' parables are discovered, the value of them will remain hidden.

Jesus interpreted His ministry and its place in salvation history by means of parables. His parables are not merely clever stories but the proclamation of the Gospel. All who seek to know about God and the principles of His Kingdom should read Jesus' parables and take a deep interest in them.

Jesus said His parables are the knowledge of the secrets of heaven.

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