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Series: The Mysteries of the Kingdom - A Study of the Parables of Jesus
Well, if you have your Bible, please turn to Luke chapter 8. We're starting a new series today on the parables. We're going to look at probably six or eight parables. And, I've entitled this series, ''The Mysteries of the Kingdom.'' That's what Jesus said about the parables. He said to His disciples, because they were asking Him, ''Why do You teach them parables?'' He said, ''To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom, ''but to the crowds He spoke in parables. The mysteries of the kingdom - those are the secret things of the kingdom. And the Lord says the parables contain those secret things.
Now you are familiar with the term ''parable.'' You know, parable is a transliterated word. The Greek word is parabole. And the, guys that went from Greek to English, they didn't come up with a word for parabole. They just transliterated it and said parabole, parable. That's it! It literally means ''to throw alongside.'' It's a comparison. We learned, many of us, in Sunday school when we were, we were little that a parable is an earthly story that has a heavenly meaning. And that's a good definition. That's what a parable is. And Jesus spoke in parables. Now the disciples didn't understand. ''Why are You speaking so much in parables?'' because there was a marked change in Jesus' ministry. At first, He spoke and He spoke very plainly to the people. Do you remember where it talks in Luke chapter 4, about the first time He went to Nazareth to preach? Well, what did He do? He found in the scroll Isaiah 61, ''The Spirit of the LORD God is upon Me because the LORD has anointed Me to preach.'' And He went through that passage with the people, and He said, ''This is being fulfilled in your day. I'm the One that was prophesied who was going to come.'' And He was very plain about the fact that He was Messiah. And they did ...
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