A parable is an extended simile, usually with only one point of comparison. There are some questions to keep in mind when reading parables: (1) what is the point of comparison? (2) who is the audience of the parable? (3) is there an orientalism that needs to be understood? and (4) what is the context? Examples are given to explain each key, including parables with one or two points of comparison, a review of parables with an emphasis on who Jesus Christ was speaking to, three parables about the joy in heaven over one sinner that repents, and the context of Matthew 22:14, “For many are called, but few are chosen.” We can have great joy when we help people with God’s Word because it helps people to change and brings them closer to their Heavenly Father.
Topics: How God’s Word Interprets Itself, Integrity of the Word, Orientalisms, Figures of Speech
Date: November 11, 2010