In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, you will find no less than 30 distinct parables given by Jesus. Therefore it is important to understand what a parable is.   A parable is commonly defined as an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.  It can also be described as a story that uses everyday events and activities to teach a spiritual lesson.  Parables are not intended to be a record of particular historic events but rather to share a familiar experience that the listeners can identify with.  

Parables generally have 1 dominant point.  It is important to seek out that main point.  Many people have a tendency to want to find a spiritual parallel for every item, person, and number in a parable. The problem with this desire is that the main point of what Jesus is saying is often missed.

In some parables it is simple to find that dominant point even on the first read.  However, with others more study is needed.  The follower of Jesus can be confident that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, a sincere heart, and labor in the Word that the point Jesus’ intends to make may be found.

Do you have a questions about parables in general or a question about a specific parable you have read recently?  If so, feel free to leave a comment.