Parables and Preaching God’s Word

We know that Jesus often told parables, or stories, to talk about God and heaven in terms that regular people (like you and me!) could understand. Parables teach, inspire, motivate us towards God’s heart. In fact, Mark 4:34 says, “he [Jesus] did not speak to them without a parable…”.

Such is the charge to which we are called in preaching God’s Word to His people about the Kingdom of God: to open people’s eyes and ears to Jesus’ heart. If I am the preacher and I am sowing the Word, then I must do my best to make sure each listener understands. What they do with it after that is up to them, but I must communicate in such a way that the truth impacts their hearts.

Parables yield up the truths gradually and gently, and only those who really want the truth will pursue it. Truth requires the pursuit of the recipient. It is not given indiscriminately. Although it makes the truth easier to comprehend, it also requires the listener’s heart to be engaged and not only his mind.

Jesus wanted everyone to understand and everyone to be enjoyed! Especially to untrained minds, He only spoke in parables. To His disciples, He would mix parables with object lessons and didactic lessons (straight-forward teaching).

“And He was saying to them, “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables.” (Mark 4:11)

Let me encourage you to use illustrations and parables in your sermons and teachings. You will find that people will begin to get the bigger picture as you help them envision what it would be like to picture the Kingdom of God. When that happens, their roots grow deeper and stronger and they will be fulfilled by the great glory of Jesus.

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