Come Follow Me - New Testament
“Who Hath Ears to Hear, Let Him Hear”
March 18–24


Lesson Highlights

Scripture references for study:  Matthew 13; Luke 8; Luke 13
     Note: Underlined scripture references have been hyperlinked to the Scriptures at LDS.org.

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Jesus Teaches In Parables

WHAT ARE PARABLES?

WHY DID JESUS TEACH IN PARABLES?


       View a brief video explaining why Jesus taught in parables

READ MATTHEW 13:10-17. The Lord's explanation for teaching 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.


Our Hearts Must Be Prepared to Receive the Word of God

READ MATTHEW 13:3-8 (see also Luke 8:5-8). Parable of the sower.

Explanation of the Parable of the Sower:

Joseph Smith: "This parable was spoken to demonstrate the effects that are produced by the preaching of the word. And we believe that it has an allusion directly to the commencement, or the setting up, of the kingdom in that age." (TPJS, p97)
 

Jesus's Parables Help Us Understand the Growth, Destiny, and Value of His Church

Parable of the Wheat & Tares

This parable will be discussed in the next section.

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:

Elder E. Ray Bateman:  "You and I know the gospel of Jesus Christ is the pearl of great price. Each of those little grains of sand are Abraham’s children. They need to be cultured to become pearls. They need the right friend, a responsibility to help them grow in service, and nourishment with charity to retain them to truly become pearls of great worth in our Father's kingdom." (General Conference, October 1998)

Elder Delbert L. Stapley:  "Each of us has the responsibility to seek that goodly pearl, the kingdom of heaven, which is, according to the Savior's parable, the pearl of great price. Its attainment is worth every effort and sacrifice we make. To be saved in the kingdom of God is the greatest of all the gifts of God, for there is no gift greater than the gift of salvation, and he that hath eternal life, proclaims the Lord, is rich." (General Conference April 1973)

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?


At the end of the World, the Lord Will Gather the Righteous and Destroy the Wicked

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)


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 (DNTC)

General Conference

Journal of Discourses

New Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual

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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