Parable What is it?

Posted on Jan 18, 2014 at 9:00 PM by Charles King

What is a Parable?

What is a Parable? The word parable comes from the Greek parabole, meaning "comparison, illustration, analogy". A Biblical parable is a short story that illustrates a spiritual truth. It sketches a setting, describes an action, and shows the results. It other words it describes a physical story that is cast a parallel spiritual truth.

Jesus used simple word-pictures, called parables to illustrate a truth or lesson and to help people understand who God is and what his kingdom or reign is like. Jesus used images and characters taken from everyday life to create a miniature play or drama to illustrate his message. This mini-drama in picture language that describes the reality being illustrated. It shows a likeness between the image of an illustration and the object being portrayed. It defines the unknown by using the known

Such a story (mini-drama) acts as a "riddle" that both veils and reveils all at once -- veiling the spiritual behind words that reveal the earthly and which can be penetrated to reach the spiritual by those "who have ears to hear."

Jesus tells us that He spoke in parables precisely to veil and reveal, to speak, in a sense, "secretly" while not in secret at all. (See Why Parables)

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