From: Su Min
Subject: Three Modern Parables
Dearly Beloved, we had a great time at our choir fellowship last night:
I got the choir group to develop the main themes from the gospel of Matthew Chapter 13 for a contemporary presentation and we came up with these three modern parables:
- Parable of The Condominium
- Parable of The Investment Company
- Parable of The School Final End Of Year Examinations
1) Parable of The Condominium
The kingdom of heaven is like a classy condominium that an office worker greatly desires: It is in a prime
residential area, with sophisticated neighbours, 3600 square feet, built in cupboards, marble floor, solid
gold fittings in the bathrooms, private jacuzzi, a covered car park, an olympic sized swimming pool and
an attached 18 hole golf course. It will cost many many million dollars: more that 40 years of his total
income: He mortgages himself to the eyeballs, takes bank loans, sells everything he has, and buys that
2) Parable of The Investment Company
The kingdom of heaven is like an investment company where there are four investment officers.
The first investment officer places a quarter of a million dollars investment in a project in Bonga Bonga
Land. It is a criminal fraudster's scheme and all is swindled, all is lost.
The second investment officer places a quarter of a million dollars investment in a small grocery store.
The town is small. Overheads are low. There is trade: the people are pleasant: But business turnover is too
low and the store has to fold after a year.
The third investment officer places a quarter of a million dollars investment in a farm on a tropical island.
The weather is good, the soil is fertile and good crops are reaped. But the politicians are corrupt, and
demand too much in invisible taxes. The farm goes bankrupt.
The fourth investment officer places a quarter of a million dollars investment in a computer chip factory.
The demand is good and the government honest. The investment reaps profits 30-fold, 60-fold, 100-fold.
3) Parable of The School Final End Of Year Examinations
The kingdom of heaven is like a school final end of year examination.
Students who have been lazy, not studying, copying homework and cheating during class tests will not
pass the school final end of year examination. They will fail and will be dismissed from school.
Students who have been diligent, studying regularly the whole year through, doing their own homework,
preparing their own assignments, will do well for the school final end of year examinations.
They will pass the examination and will be admitted to the next year of study.
SUMMATIONThose who have ears, let them hear!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace
as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.
For any comments or enquiries please write to Dr. Lim Su Min
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