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Understanding Jesus' Parables

A parable is a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson.


The term for parable is from the Greek word paraballo. The term means to place “by the side of something.” In other words, a parable is where Jesus has taken a picture of the real world to picture something that is true in the spiritual world. Another way to state this is that a spiritual reality is placed next to a picture of the real world.

Part 1: Parable of the Mustard Seed

Part 2: Parable of the Four Soils

Part 3: The Parable of the Talents

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