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Sep 19, 2021

The Purpose of Parables

The Purpose of Parables

Passage: Matthew 13:10-17

Speaker: Pastor Stephen Palm

Series: Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

Category: Expository Book Study

The beginning of chapter 13 reaches a turning point in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Over the last several chapters his credentials as the Israel’s promised King have been on display for all to see. Despite the evidence before them the nation of Israel has failed to see him as the Messiah. Their perpetual unbelief fulfils a prophecy foretold long ago by the prophet Isaiah. From this moment forward, Jesus will begin to teach those that surround him in parables. Where our Lord will use everyday situations in life or objects and use them to illustrate the spiritual truths of his kingdom. Characterizing how it will look between his first and second coming. This leads the disciples to ask the question, “why do you speak to them in parables?” It is here the wheat is separated from the chaff. The disciples represent a believing remnant in Israel while the unbelieving crowds show us a picture of the nation as a whole. However, there is time coming in the future when all of Israel will be saved. The lesson for the church is God will only reveal Himself to those who genuinely seek Him with all their hearts.