From: Su Min
Dearly Beloved For our choir fellowship this Friday I am given the opportunity to share. I am led to share with my choir the lessons learnt from the 7 parables we have been reviewing over the last few sessions. To put it into a formal teaching session I have envisaged the following EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
At the end of the session you should be able to:
LIST, EXPLAIN and USE the parables in Matthew Chapter 13 for the edification of the saints and theworld.
LIST is easy.
- Sower (3-9)
- Tares (24-29)
- Mustard seed (31)
- Yeast (33)
- Treasure (44)
- Pearl (45)
- Net (47)
I can group them as Agricultural: Sower, Tares, Mustard, Yeast, Net (Fish) and Physical: Treasure and Pearl
There are seven days in the week and we can also link these parables to the days of the week
- Sunday: Sower
- Monday: Mustard Seed
- Tuesday: Tares
- Wednesday: Wow, great pearl
- Thursday: Treasure
- Friday: Fish (net)
- Saturday: Spreading Yeast
We can also categorise the parables as to the main thrust: it seems to me to be the best way to categorise them.
- Great value (pearl, treasure)
- Growing family (sower, mustard, yeast)
- Final judgement (tares, net)
Explaining these parables in word pictures that are congruent to the listeners ears is the task we fill with trepidation yet excitement. We can use the original parable, or repaint the parable with our own words, or spin out our own parable from the present day..
This exercise will form the main topic for the sharing:
The kingdom of heaven is a desired possession of great value (pearl, treasure)
Let us pause to think of a modern analogy or two:
What are the physical possessions of great value that modern man craves for?
A mansion? a fancy car?
The kingdom of heaven is a growing family: (sower, mustard, yeast)
The parable of the sower speaks of 4 groups of recipients:
the stony path
the shallow soil
those amongst the thorns
and the good soil to yield 30 fold, 60 fold, 100 fold
Not all will respond to the call: but those who do will be fruitful.
Let us pause to think of a modern analogy or two.
What are the present day examples of things that are given an opportunity to develop but fail to get off the
What are the present day examples of things that grow and spread, things that begin with small humble
beginnings but eventually end up large and influential?
The kingdom of heaven is a destiny for all to receive final judgement (tares, net)
Let us pause to think of a modern analogy or two What are the common day events that where we sort things out into two groups?
Dearly beloved, when you share these parables with your friends, believers and non-believers, you are like a man who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.
Grace, peace and love.
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