Parables of Jesus (The Growing Seed)

The parable of the growing seed is only recorded in the gospel according to Mark. It is a short little parable that has a powerful message hidden within the words of the parable. We are going to look at this parable’s meaning and significance to help us develop the best understanding for this parable. Let’s…

Weekly Message: Lamentations (Ch.5)

Chapter 5 5:1-18 This is a description of the conditions after the fall of Jerusalem and possibly even in exile. The “slaves” described in verse 8 is an ironic way to describe the Babylonian rulers. The joy has been taken from them as their beloved city has fallen because of their rebellion against God. 5:19-22…

Parables of Jesus (The Talents)

The parable of the Talents comes right after our previous parable of the ten virgins. The context of the parable remains the same. Jesus has just described the fall of Jerusalem and of his second coming. These two parables follow directly after this teaching and there is much to learn from them. The parable of…

Weekly Message: Lamentations (Ch.4)

Chapter 4 4:1-10 This is a poetic description of the conditions of Jerusalem because of the siege. The people and the city were a light to the nations, they shone like precious stones but now they are unrecognizable. 4:11-20 This is about the taking of the city and it’s fate. The cause of this desolation…

Parables of Jesus (The Ten Virgins)

The parable of the ten virgins comes right after a decisive teaching of Jesus in the gospel of Matthew. In the chapter before, Jesus just gave his teaching on the destruction of Jerusalem and his second coming. These parables that follow are all connected to the idea of Christ’s return. The parable of the virgins…

Weekly Message: Lamentations (Ch.3)

Lamentations Chapter 3 3:1-18 The author now introduces himself as “I” the man who has seen affliction. The author has suffered right along with Jerusalem from God’s wrath. He now expresses his own suffering in poetry. 3:19-36 Though the author has suffered, he is reminded of God’s love and mercy. He knows that men will…

Parables of Jesus (The Wedding Banquet)

The parable of the wedding banquet may be one of the most important parables for understanding how the kingdom of God works. This parable can seem very confusing with a bunch of moving parts. This parable also carries with it the major themes that Jesus has been discussing through his parables. What is this parable…

Parables of Jesus (The Tenants)

The parable of the tenants is loaded with the history of Israel, the message of the prophets, and a future prediction. It can also be called the parable of the vineyard. This parable is one of the most important parables for understanding what Jesus was doing at the time and what is happening in the…

Weekly Message: Lamentations (Ch.2)

Chapter 2 2:1-10 Jerusalem is speaking in the third person here. This section describes the result of the wrath of God that has taken place on the city. The Lord no longer dwells there. 2:11-19 The author begins to speak in first person here. Grief and sorrow over Jerusalem is a common theme throughout. Look…