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Let’s talk about Parables.
I’m absolutely sick to death of people talking about Parables, and their intent. How many times have you heard, “Jews taught by stories.” or, “WE learn best by stories, and that’s why the Lord speaks in parables.”
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!
What does the BIBLE say about why Jesus spoke in parables?
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. Matthew 13:13-15 (KJV)
Why didn’t the Lord just explain himself to the people? The Bible gives the answer – they didn’t want to hear it.
Why did the Lord explain himself to Nicodemus when Nicodemus starts trying to give him a flattering introduction? He knew Nicodemus. Nicodemus wanted to hear it.
The crowds followed Jesus because they wanted to be told they were righteous. They wanted to see miracles. They wanted to be fed. They wanted a good time, a spectacle.
Jesus Christ came speaking about salvation, and it made them uncomfortable. If I came to you and told you plainly, “You need to be saved, so that you go to Heaven instead of Hell…”
What would you assume?
That… you were probably not going to Heaven, and needed to be saved.
Good job! The Bible study is paying off.
If I give you a parable about “there was a certain man, who thought he was holy. And he spent his life praying so others could see it, and giving of his welath so everyone knew he gave to charity. But when judgment day came, and God said unto him, ‘why givest of thy ill gotten gains, when thou possess not the thing most needful?’ And that man was cast weeping into outer darkness.”
You’d listen, mull over it… and maybe, just maybe, if you began to humble yourself before the Lord, and ask, “Lord… was that about me???”
WHAMMO! The Spirit giveth understanding.
But if you nodded, and thought, yes, those holier than thou hypocrites! THey’re in trouble on judgment day!!! hee hee hee hee hee!
Then you’d never get it… and lo and behold, on judgment day, you’d find where your portion was appointed. Ooops.
So, let’s talk about parables.
Parables are intended to walk on two legs. What’s the main point?
People try to force them to walk on all fours instead.
For this reason, one of the rules of Hermaneutics and homiletics is…
“never make a doctrine from a parable.”
what was the main reason for parables? To conceal the truth.
Why would you use something designed to conceal the truth to establish your doctrine from? If the Lord wants you to understand the doctrine of a passage, He’ll write passages saying specifically that.
Parables are meant to stick in your mind. If you’re willing to humble yourself, and repent before the Lord, suddenly you grasp the teaching.
But if you’re already saved, and walking humbly with the Lord, then you suddenly make the mistake of trying to interpret something meant to conceal. It’s not going to go right.
What’s the parable of the ten virgins?
Understandable to any Jew. Ten being the minimum number required for a full synagogue service. There are some prayers you can’t do unless ten men are there. You can’t read the Torah unless ten men are there.
So… the virgins are the Jews. Right? Right. Let’s proceed.
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. Matthew 25:1-13 (KJV)
Here’s how it can go WRONG. What’s the oil? Salvation. So… why did the foolish virgins ask the wise ones to let them have of the oil? Can you give away your salvation? sell it? Why did the foolish virgins run out of oil? Did they lose their salvation???
No no no… you went wrong right off the bat!
Oil is salvation. The parable means Get saved. If you wait until you see the Son of Man coming in power, YOU WAITED TOO LONG! Get saved now, because you never know when He’s coming.
Read the parable for what it is. Don’t try to stretch it out to make doctrine from every point.
Indeed, this is the very parable that was cited in Seminary, because it’s easy to get lost right off the bat in trying to interpret it.
It’s like the parable of the dragnet. Here’s the other biggie.
47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: 48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. 49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, 50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 51 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. Matthew 13:47-51 (KJV)
Post-trib believers cite this parable as justifying their post trib belief. Apparently, the question the LORD is asking in Matthew 13:51, they have to answer, “No, Lord!”
They tried to make doctrine of a parable. The parable is diesgned to keep knowledge hidden so that those who are not ready to be saved will not make the mistake of thinking they are.
By the way, the dragnet is talking about the Great White Throne judgment, not the rapture. So they doubly get it wrong. Matter of fact, you couldn’t get that any more wrong if you tried!
Is this something I’m possibly wrong on? No, the rule about not making doctrine from a Parable is widely known.