Category Archives: Parables

The Fish and the Jewel, Monday Morning Parable

A gypsy fortune-teller once told a man of meager means: “Be careful!  A very rich man named Joseph, who always honors the Sabbath day, will someday own all of your possessions!” To prevent the fortune-teller’s prediction, the man devised a … Continue reading

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Rabbi and the Valuable Diamond, Monday Morning Parable

There was a rabbi who one day said to his disciple, “go to the Gentile Greek donkey dealer and buy saddle bag, we must travel to Jerusalem for the feast.” The disciple came back later very excited and said, “Rabbi … Continue reading

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Parable of the Merciful Father, Monday Morning Parable

In applying a first-century Jewish mindset to the parables, one would view the parable of the “prodigal son” as read in Matthew 21:28-32 in a much different light.  In its original setting and context this parable would be a shocking … Continue reading

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The Parable of the Sower/Seeds and Rabbinic Parallels

Luke 8: 1-15: The Parable of the Sower While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the … Continue reading

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Have You Dropped Your Stones? Monday Morning Parable

Come with me this morning and picture this scene.  A temple court packed with thousands of people in 1st century Jerusalem.  A famous sage named Jesus is teaching and some religious leaders bring a woman to him, a woman who … Continue reading

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The Doubting Fisherman, Monday Morning Parable

A man sitting across from his rabbi lamented, “I am so unlearned!  I feel unworthy when I am around educated people.” “Why do you feel this way?”  The rabbi asked. “I know very little.”  Stumbling for words, he sighed.  “In … Continue reading

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The Good Samaritan (Culture and Context), Monday Morning Parable

The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-41) is an incredible story that takes on a whole new incredible meaning when examined in light of the culture and context.  One of the incredible things for me was that you can actually still walk … Continue reading

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