All these things spake Yeshua unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
As Yeshua taught, he would frequently start by bringing some object, or human activity, to the attention of those gathered – a pearl on display on a merchant’s table, a farmer casting seed, a batch of dough, a vineyard. Then, from that visible, concrete point of reference, Yeshua would teach the people about some aspect of the Kingdom of God. The biblical record tells us that the people were amazed at his insight, and hung on his every word. Here was a man, considered unfit by the ruling religious establishment, who would take the common stuff of man’s earthly existence, and use it as a launch pad to transport his listeners into the sublime truths of the spiritual world. This is the essence of a parable, a story based on the utensils and functions of everyday life that teaches a deeper truth or spiritual lesson.
YHVH by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath He established the heavens.
YHVH possessed me [Wisdom] in the beginning of His way, before His works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water; before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth; while as yet He had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
When He prepared the heavens, I was there: when He set a compass upon the face of the depth; when He established the clouds above; when He strengthened the fountains of the deep; when He gave to the sea His decree, that the waters should not pass His commandment; when He appointed the foundations of the earth:
Then I was by Him, as one brought up with Him; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him; rejoicing in the habitable part of His earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
As the Creator God spoke the universe into existence, he designed his wisdom into all that he made. The parable is the key that unlocks this wisdom, and serves as a bridge that connects the natural with the supernatural, the physical with the metaphysical.
Atheistic humanism would have us believe that there is no God and therefore no God created order. Everything in the universe is the result of the work of purely natural forces. Such theoretical rubbish divorces the Creator from his creation, and transforms the Divinely engineered, encyclopedic visual aid of creation into a random accident with no design, purpose, or meaning. God’s wisdom is nullified – all creation is reduced to mere materialistic, scientific trivia, devoid of all transcendental value.
Parables are remarkable teaching tools. Although they are derived out of the reality of our common experience, this simplicity in no way diminishes their power. When brought to bear on a situation, a biblically sound parable will surgically cut through religious hypocrisy, philosophical smoke, relativistic grey areas, pseudoscience, political spin, psychobabble and cultural loopholes, and bring the truth into focus with stark, absolute clarity.
A number of years ago, the Lord started speaking to me in parables. As I recall, the first revelation I received made a connection between my work as a production welder and the scriptures. After this, I started seeing spiritual meaning in all kinds of things. It got to the point where I realized that I needed to start writing them down.
Once I got the initial few on paper, more came. For the next several years, parables would come in a strong, steady stream. I felt like a secretary taking dictation. My typing skills improved dramatically.
The parables contained herein come in a variety of flavors. Some do more of a “technical” breakdown of a phenomenon; others are more story-like in their presentation, while others are a combination of both. In some cases, a parable is used to explain a parable. The shortest is less than a page, the longest is over forty pages.
May we, with child-like expectancy and excitement, seek and find the mysteries of the Kingdom of God cloaked in the ordinary stuff of earth.
Peace and grace to you in the name of Yeshua, the Master Storyteller –
THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS LIKE