The Parables Of Our Lord
- He employed them to illustrate and emphasize vital truths.
- He made use of familiar things in his parabolic teaching.
- He used them in a simple manner, free from obscurity, and yet in a way that was new, fresh and vigorous.
- The parables must not be confused with figures of speech.
|The Illustration Used||The Lesson We Should Learn||Where Spoken||Texts, Where Recorded|
|1. The mote and the beam in the eye.||That we should judge ourselves instead of presuming to judge others.||Galilee.||Luke 6:37-43.|
|2. The builders upon a rock and upon sand.||The folly of listening to without obeying our Lord’s precepts.||Galilee.||Matthew 7:24-27.
|3. The two forgiven debtors.||Our love is in proportion to our sense of forgiveness.||On a tour.||Luke 7:36-50.|
|4. The temple if destroyed to be raised up in three days.||A prophecy of His resurrection.||Jerusalem.||John 2:19-22.|
|5. The barren fig tree.||Longsuffering mercy will be followed by strict justice.||–||Luke 13:6-9.|
|6. The sower. on waysaide. stony places. among thorns and upon good ground.||Our heart must be right in order that the seed may be productive.||Sea of Galilee.||Matthew 13:3-8; 18-23.
Mark 4:1-9; 14-20
Luke 8:5-8; 11-15
|7. The wheat and the tares.||Children of God and of the devil in the church until judgment, when the latter shall be burned.||Sea of Galilee.||Matthew 13:34-30,36-43|
|8. The seed sown.||The secrecy of God’s working in the heart.||Sea of Galilee.||Mark 4:26-29.|
|9. The mustard seed.||The wonderful growth of Christ’s church.||Sea of Galilee.||Matthew 13:31-32.
|10. The leaven hidden in the meal.||The church spreading through the world.||Sea of Galilee.||Matthew 13:33.
|11.The treasure buried in the field.||The inestimable value of Christ and His blessings compared with worldly possessions.||Sea of Galilee.||Matthew 13:44|
|12. The merchant seeking till he finds one pearl of great price.||The importance of seeking and securing at cost of any sacrifice, Christ and His grace.||Sea of Galilee.||Matthew 13:45-46.|
|13. The drag net.||The church gathers in many, besides the sinner, who will at the great day be cast out.||Sea of Galilee.||Matthew 13:47-50.|
|14. The first parable of the lost sheep.||Our duty to seek and reclaim backsliders.||Capernaum.||Matthew 18:12-14.|
|15. The debtor fogiven a large debt. Unmerciful to his fellowservant who owed him a small debt.||We must forgive if we woul be forgiven.||Capernaum.||Matthew 18:23-35.|
|16. The good Samaritan.||The obligation of Christian love to our neighbor.||Jerusalem.||Luke 10:25-37.|
|17. Taking the chief seats at a wedding.||Humility.||Near Jerusalem.||Luke 14:7-11.|
|18. The friend that unwillingly lends at midnight.||God will answer importunate prayer.||On a tour.||Luke 11:5-13.|
|19. The unclean spirit returning.||The state of the backslider.||Capernaum.||Luke 11:24-26.|
|20. The foolish rich man that trusted in this life.||“A man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he posseseth.”||On a tour.||Luke 12:15-21.|
|21. The Good Shepherd.||The wonderful love of Christ. I know my sheep. I lay down my life for the sheep.||Jerusalem.||John 10:1-18.|
|22. The watchful servants.||The necessity for constant watchfulness.||On a tour.||Luke 12:35-40.|
|23. The faithful and wise steward.||The same lesson reiterated and intensified.||On a tour.||Luke 12:41-48.|
|24. The door shut.||If we expect to enter the door, we must walk in the straight path.||Near Jerusalem.||Luke 13:23-30.|
|25. The great supper.||God is no respecter of persons.||Near Jerusalem.||Luke 14:16-24.|
|26. Counting the cost before building a tower.||“Whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.”||Near Jerusalem.||Luke 14:25-30.|
|27. The king going to war.||The same as above.||Near Jerusalem.||Luke 14:31-33.|
|28. Second parable of the lost sheep.||The joy in Heaven over one sinner that repenteth.||Near Jerusalem.||Luke 15:3-10.|
|29. The piece of money lost and found.||The Lord rejoices over a repentant sinner.||Near Jerusalem.||Luke 15:8-10.|
|30. The prodigal son.||Christ is ever willing to forgive.||Near Jerusalem.||Luke 15:11-32.|
|31. The unjust steward.||“Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.”||Near Jerusalem.||Luke 16:1-14.|
|32. The rich man and Lazarus.||Trust not in worldly possessions but in God.||Near Jerusalem.||Luke 16:19-31.|
|33. The servant serves his master before he sups.||We must not trust or glory in our good works.||Near Jerusalem.||Luke 17:7-10.|
|34. The unjust judge, and importunate widow.||The duty of constant prayer.||Near Jerusalem.||Luke 18:1-8.|
|35. The Pharisee and Publican.||Humble prayer will be answered while that of the self-righteous will not.||Near Jerusalem.||Luke 18:9-14.|
|36. The laborers hired for the vineyard.||The first shall be last, and the last shall be first, for many be called but few chosen.||Near Jerusalem.||Matthew 20:1-16.|
|37. The nobleman and his ten servants.||Our strict accountability for such talents as God has comitted to us.||Near Jerusalem.||Luke 19:11-27.|
|38. The two sons.||Insincerity and repentance.||Jerusalem, Temple.||Matthew 21:28-32.|
|39. The vineyard let to husbandmen.||The rejection of Christ by the Jews.||Jerusalem, Temple.||Matthew 21:33-46.|
|40. The king’s marriage feast for his son. The wedding garment.||Need of righteousness.||Jerusalem, Temple.||Matthew 22:1-14.|
|41. The fig tree leafing.||Indications of the second coming.||Jerusalem.||Matthew 24:32-33.
|42. The man taking a long journey.||We mus watch for our Lord’s coming.||Jerusalem.||Mark 13:34-37.|
|43. The faithful and the evil servant.||We must watch and live as though expecting Him.||Jerusalem.||Matthew 24:42-51.|
|44. The wise and the foolish virgins.||We must be constantly prepared for his coming.||Jerusalem.||Matthew 25:1-13.|
|45. The ten talents.||Use of advantages.||Jerusalem.||Matthew 25:14-30.|
|46. The sheep and the goats.||Final judgment of the good and bad.||Jerusalem.||Matthew 25:31-46.|