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parables are stories used to demonstrate a point. {jesus} used them throughout his ministry.

§the parables are obscure

it is often suggested that the goal of the parables is to make jesus's teachings easier to understand. this is not the case:

And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?" He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. (matthew 13:10-13, nkjv)

jesus used the parables to obscure meaning from people.

Agreeing with Your Adversary Matthew 5:21-26
Ask Seek Knock Matthew 7:7-12 Luke 11:9-13
Barren Fig Tree Luke 13:6-9
Become As Little Children Matthew 18:1-9 Mark 10:14-16 Luke 18:16
Blind Leading the Blind Matthew 15:13-14 Luke 6:39-42
Boiling Pot, and it's scum
Bridegroom (Children of the Bridechamber) Matthew 8:15 Mark 2:19-20 Luke 5:34-35
Cedar in Lebanon
Children of the Marketplace Matthew 11:16-19 Luke 7:31-32
Dead Bury the Dead Luke 9:60
Dishonest Steward Luke 16:1-13
Dry Bones in the valley
Elijah Must Come Matthew 17:10-13
Escaped Prisoner
Eye of The Needle Matthew 19:23-24 Mark 19:23-27
Foxes Have Holes Matthew 8:20 Luke 9:58
Fruit Tree Matthew 7:15-20 Matthew 12:33-37 Luke 6:43-45
God's Vineyard (The Unfruitful Vineyard)
Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37
Good Shepherd 0
Great Eagles and the Vine
Guests and Wedding Host Luke 14:7-14
Hand to the Plow Luke 9:62
Harvest is Great Matthew 9:37-38 Luke 10:1-2 0
Hidden Treasure Matthew 13:44
House (Kingdom) Divided, Beelzibub Matthew 12:25-28 Mark 3:20-30 Luke 11:17-20
Jerusalem's Confinement
Jerusalem's Iniquity
Jerusalem's Seige
Jerusalem's Sinfulness
Jerusalem's Starvation
King of the Trees
Laborers in the Vineyard Matthew 20:1-16
Lesson of the Fig Tree Matthew 24:32-35 Mark 13:28-31 Luke 21:29-33
Leven (Yeast) in the Meal Matthew 13:33 Luke 13:20-21
Light (Candle) Under a Basket (vessel) Matthew 5:14-16 Mark 4:21-23 Luke 8:16-18
Light of the Body Matthew 6:22-23 Luke 11:34-36
Linen Waist-Cloth
Lion's Whelps
Living Waters
Lost Coin Luke 15:8-10
Lost Sheep Matthew 18:12-14 Luke 15:3-7
Mustard Seed Matthew 13:31-32 Mark 4:30-32 Luke 13:18-20
Net (Dragnet) Matthew 13:47-50
New Cloth Old Garment Matthew 9:16 Mark 2:21 Luke 5:36
Old and New Wine Bottles Matthew 9:17 Mark 2:22 Luke 5:37-39
Pearl of Great Price Matthew 13:45-46
Pearls to the Swine Matthew 7:6
Pharisee and the Tax Collector Luke 18:9-14
Plowman (good out of evil)
Poor Man's Ewe Lamb
Poor Wise Man
Potter, The
Prodigal Son Luke 15:11-32
Prophet Without Honor Matthew 13:57
Purpose of Parables Matthew 13:10-17 Mark 4:10-12 Luke 8:9-10
Rebuild the Temple 0
Red Sky Matthew 16:2-4 Mark 8:11-13 Luke 12:54-55
Reluctant Friend Luke 11:5-13
Rich Fool Luke 12:13-21
Rich Man and Lazarus Luke 16:19-31
Salt Without Savor Matthew 5:13 Mark 9:49-50 Luke 14:34-35
Samson's Riddle
Scattered Seed Mark 4:26-29
Sea Monster
Servants, Faithful or Unfaithful Matthew 24:45-51 Mark 13:32-37 Luke 12:41-48
Serving Two Masters Matthew 6:24
Sheep and Goats Matthew 25:31-46
Sheepfold 0
Shepherds and the Flock
Sign of the Prophet Jonas Matthew 12:39-42
Sluggard and His Vineyard (Field)
Sower Matthew 13:3-9 Mark 4:1-9 Luke 8:4-8
Sower Explained Matthew 13:18-23 Mark 4:13-20 Luke 8:11-15
Speck in the Eye Matthew 7:1-5
Strait Gate - Narrow Is the Way Matthew 7:13-14 Luke 13:24
Strongman's House Matthew 12:29-30 Luke 11:21-23
Talents, Three Servants Matthew 25:14-30 Luke 19:11-27
Ten Virgins Matthew 25:1-13
Theif In the Night Matthew 24:36-37 Mark 13:24-27 Luke 17:26-30, 34-36
Things That Defile Man Matthew 15:10-11 Mark 7:14-16
Things That Defile Man Explained Matthew 15:15-20
Thistle and Cedar
Treasures in Heaven Matthew 6:19-21 Luke 12:33-34
Treasures New and Old, Householder Matthew 13:52
Tree and Its Fruit Matthew 12:33-37 Luke 6:43-45
Trees making a King
True and False Shepherd
Two Debtors Luke 7:41-43
Two Harlots
Two Housebuilders, House Upon the Rock Matthew 7:24-27 Luke 6:46-49
Two Sons Matthew 21:28-31
Unclean Spirit Matthew 12:43-45 Luke 11:24-26
Unforgiving Servant Matthew 18:21-35
Use of Parables Matthew 13:34-35 Mark 4:33-34
Vineyard and Vine Dressers (Husbandmen) Matthew 21:33-46 Mark 12:1-12 Luke 20:9-19
Vision of Micaiah
Watchful Servants Matthew 24:45-51 Luke 12:45-48
Wedding Banquet and Garments Matthew 22:1-14 Luke 14:15-23
Wheat and Tares (Weeds) Matthew 13:24-30
Wheat and Tares (Weeds) Explained Matthew 13:36-43
Widow and Unjust Judge Luke 18:1-8
Widow's Olive Oil
Woman of Tekoah, etc.

§further reading


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