By Pastor John Mateos Ong
A parable is a short story that did not really happen but which illustrates or teaches a lesson. As followers of Jesus, it is important because since Jesus used them in His time, I am sure that we will also learn something from it.
One of the prophesies about the Messiah is that He will speak in parables. So when Jesus was speaking this way, the disciples were confused and asked Him why He could not answer them directly but instead, spoke in parables. He answers in Matthew 13:11 when He says “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not.” We study the parables because through these, Jesus teaches us about the secrets of the kingdom of heaven. We were given the key to discover the mysteries that God has prepared for us.
We can understand and study the Bible by using this tool:
O bservation (facts) ask who, where, what, when