A parable is a literary tool used throughout the Bible. Jesus himself used this method most frequently.
Generally speaking, a parable is a fictitious tale, although usually realistic. The normal purpose of Jesus’ parables was to convey a higher, spiritual truth.
The word “parable” (Gr. “parabole”; placing beside) signifies a comparison between two objects. Thus, a parable may contain one main word that’s used to mirror another singular concept or object.
Learn what Jesus told his disciples when they asked him why he used parables to convey his messages.
The answer is found in Matthew 13:34.
Of all the parables in the Bible, Jesus Christ himself made the greatest use of this literary device. One can only imagine the wonder of the occasions: Jesus — drawing from real life issues of agriculture, justice, greed, stewardship, finance, and love — would capture the attention of whole crowds. Yet despite the simplicity, his stories were filled with eternal, spiritual truths.
b. Two Stories About Lamps: Read Matthew 5:14–16; Mark 4:21–25; Luke 8:16–18; 11:33–36; listen to the parables’ recitations (Matthew 5, Mark 4, Luke 8; and Luke 11); read Warren’s summary; watch its video clip.