New Testament
Lesson 11
“He Spake Many Things unto Them in Parables”


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us develop "ears to hear" so we can understand how Jesus’ parables apply to us (Matthew 13:9).

Scripture references for study:  Matthew 13
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Lesson 11 Handout (PDF format)


Jesus Continues to Travel & Preach With His Friends

READ LUKE 8:1-3. Jesus travels and preaches with the Twelve and others.


Jesus Teaches In Parables

Note: Much of the discussion in this section is based on Elder Bruce R. McConkie's writing on parables in Volume 2 of The Mortal Messiah.

WHAT ARE PARABLES?

WHY DID JESUS TEACH IN PARABLES?


Parable Of The Sower

READ LUKE 8:5-8. Parable of the sower.

READ MATTHEW 13:10-13. The Lord's explanation regarding parables.

Explanation of the Parable of the Sower:


Parable of the Wheat & Tares

READ MATTHEW 13:24-30.

Interpretation:

WHY DID THE LORD ALLOW THE WHEAT TO GROW ALONG WITH THE TARES?

"As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear." (v40-43)

Elder Bruce R. McConkie: "The scope and sweep of the message here revealed is as broad as the earth and as enduring as the ages. The wheat is now being gathered out from among the tares. Israel is being gathered into the sheepfold of the Good Shepherd. Messengers from heaven--Peter, James, and John; Moses, Elijah, and Elias; and all the angelic host who have restored priesthoods, conferred keys, and given powers to men--have joined hands with mortals on earth to gather the elect and to seal up the law and bind up the testimony against those who are to be burned when the Son of Man comes. Soon the harvest will be fully ripe; the wheat will be stored in the Lord's barns; the tares will be bound in bundles; and the burning will commence." (Mortal Messiah, 2:259)


The Parable of the Mustard Seed

READ MATTHEW 13:31-32. Parable of the mustard seed.

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS PARABLE?


Parable Of The Leaven

READ MATTHEW 13:33. Parable of the leaven.

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS PARABLE?

WHY DO YOU SUPPOSE THE LORD USED THREE MEASURES OF MEAL IN THIS PARABLE?


Parable of Hidden Treasure

READ MATTHEW 13:44. Parable of hidden treasure.

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS PARABLE?


Parable of the Pearl of Great Price

READ MATTHEW 13:45-46. Parable of the pearl of great price.

This parable is much like the previous parable, except:

Consider the story of Parley P. Pratt:


Parable of the Gospel Net

READ MATTHEW 13:47-50. Parable of the gospel net.

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS PARABLE?

Elder McConkie: "There are many reasons for coming into the earthly kingdom of heaven; salvation is a personal matter, and only those who meet the divine standards will find eternal place and lot with the saints." (Mortal Messiah, 2:266)


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Though repetitious, I want to conclude with this previously quoted statement from Elder McConkie, "Parables are a call to investigate the truth; to learn more; to inquire into the spiritual realities, which through them, are but dimly viewed. Parables start truth seekers out in the direction of further light and knowledge and understanding; they invite men to ponder such truths as they are able to bear in the hope of learning more. Parables are a call to come unto Christ, to believe his doctrines, to live his laws, and to be saved in his kingdom. They teach arithmetic to those who have the capacity to learn calculus in due course. They are the mild milk of the word that prepares are spiritual digestive processes to feast upon the doctrinal meat of the kingdom." (Mortal Messiah, 2:245)

Record your thoughts on the parables of the Master. What did you learn by a study of these parables?


Resources Used In This Lesson

Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Volume 1, by Bruce R. McConkie.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith selected and arranged by Joseph Fielding Smith.

The Mortal Messiah: From Bethlehem to Calvary, Volume 2, by Bruce R. McConkie.


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