The term parable in the Greek and Hebrew languages can refer to anything ranging from allegories, proverbs, and riddles, to stories. Over one third of Jesus’ teachings were through parables. In His parables, Jesus used familiar, day-to-day things to illustrate deep Biblical truths.
Jesus used parables to illustrate God’s characters such as grace and forgiveness, warn about the end days, and provide insights on the spiritual life and its struggles. Most importantly, Jesus used parables to draw attention towards the Kingdom of God and articulate the urgency and the need to be prepared and watchful.
The Kingdom of God is God’s sovereign rule over all His creation. And in a sense, the Kingdom of God is both current and future. While verses like Matthew 7:21-23 and Mark 14:25 refer to the kingdom as something in the future, Luke 17:21 says, “For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” We have a good measure of parables explaining both aspects. Let’s look at a few parables and see how they teach us about Kingdom Mindfulness.
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