THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS Matthew 25:14-30 Introduction The New American Standard Bible entitles this portion of Matthew’s gospel as “The Parable of the Talents” (New American Standard Bible, Ref. Ed. Anaheim, CA: Foundation Publications, 1995, 44-45).  In passing, it might be more accurate to define this portion as a prolonged or extended simile because […]

Introduction Here’s something worth thinking about if you were chosen as a “doorkeeper” in your household. The biblical job-description for a doorkeeper can be learned from Jesus’ simile regarding a doorkeeper’s assigned role (Mark 13:34-37). In the simile, Jesus is the departed Lord of the servants who each have assigned tasks during His absence. His […]

the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:3-8; 18-23; Mark 4:3-8; 13- 20; Luke 8:5-8; 11-15)     Introduction       Jesus couched a significant portion of His earthly teaching ministry in parables—significant not only in numbers (48, by one count) but also in content and timing.       The first and foremost of Jesus’ parables […]