A parable is instructive

With a principle and lesson,

To highlight a deeper meaning;

Analogies with morals mentioned.

When Jesus spoke in parables

A deeper meaning was conveyed,

By using the natural to describe the spiritual

For those who would listen and would pray.

They were illustrating truths

That demonstrated comparisons;

With an inspired message

And a deeper definition.

Jesus used wisdom when He spoke

But those who believed they were wise,

Could not understand the parables

Nor the deeper meaning in disguise.

Because most religious leaders loved the praises

And were challenged indeed by Christ,

Who exposed their self-righteousness;

Who would not see God’s light.

Parables had a spiritual meaning

And were significant indeed,

Because they pointed to God’s kingdom

And planted with morally good seed.

Those who had ears to hear

Could understand perfectly,

As their spirit absorbed God’s mighty ways

When He opened their heart to see.

Parables are treasures

Because their meaning is so deep,

With imagery that’s humble

Where we sow what we will reap.

When Jesus spoke in parables

It was for those who wanted to see,

And to hear the wisdom from His lips

That pointed to eternity.

(C) P.B. 2021

“Then He began to speak to them in parables:  ‘A man planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a place for the wine vat and built a tower.  And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country.”’ Mark 12:1

“Now learn this parable from the fig tree:  When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.”  Mark 13:28

“Then His disciples asked Him, saying, ‘What does this parable mean?’ And He said, ‘To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that ’Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’”  Luke 8:9-10

“And Peter said to Him, ‘Lord, do You speak this parable only to us, or to all people?”’ Luke 12:41

“He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”  Matthew 11:15