Daily Devotional

Nov. 21, 2014 – The Lost and Found Son

The continuation of this parable is the story about the son who deliberately chose to leave his father’s home and love and squandered his wealth in wild living.  This is probably the most well-known and most-told story of all of the parables.  These stories were told in response to the self-righteousness of the Pharisees and scribes who were grumbling because of Jesus’ acceptance of and rejoicing with the sinners who were repenting.  There are three people in focus: ...

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Nov. 20, 2014 – The Lost and Found Coin

Jesus continues with the story about a woman who had ten silver coins and misplaced one.  Bill Bryant wrote, “Considering the abundance of coins and money today, some might read this parable and wonder why the woman would search so diligently for one lost coin and celebrate with such fervor when found.  In Bible times coins were rare.  Much of the trade was by barter.  Coins were far more precious then.  Another reason for her diligent search, perhaps, ...

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Nov. 19, 2014 – The Lost and Found Sheep

William Barclay said, “There is no chapter of the New Testament so well-known and as dearly loved as the fifteenth chapter of Luke’s gospel.  It has been called ‘the gospel in the gospel,’ as if it contained the very distilled essence of the good news which Jesus came to tell.”   The circumstances that prompted this parable are revealed to us at the beginning: “Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. ...

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Nov. 18, 2014 – The Pharisee and the Publican

This is one of the shortest and yet one of the best-known and most profound of all the parables.  This is about a Pharisee and a Publican.  The record says: Jesus “spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others.”   The word “Pharisee” comes from a Hebrew word meaning “to set apart” or “to separate.”  The Pharisees were the most influential of all the Jewish religious sects of Jesus’ day.  They ...

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November 17, 2014 – The Persistent Widow

This parable is sometimes called the “Parable of the Impertinent Widow” and sometimes the “Parable of the Unjust Judge.”  It depends on which character is given the prominent place.  William Barclay in his commentary on Luke points out that the judge in this parable was not Jewish.  Disputes between Jews were usually settled by 3 elders – one chosen by the plaintiff, one by the defendant and one independently appointed.  The judge in the parable was probably a ...

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November 14, 2014 – “Who Is My Neighbor?” (Luke 10:25-39)

The parable of the “Good Samaritan” is probably one of the most familiar parables spoken by our Lord.  This parable was occasioned by the questions asked by the lawyer, an expert or scholar of the Law of Moses, testing Jesus.  He asked Jesus, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”  Jesus answered him with a question:  “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?”  The scholar answered by quoting Deut. 6:5 and ...

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November 13, 2014 – The Great Supper (Luke 14:15-24)

This parable is a response by Jesus to a fellow guest, as they dined in the home of one of the chief Pharisees, (14:1), who exclaimed, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!”  The Pharisees assumed that if anyone were to be at this messianic meal, this banquet of the kingdom of God, it would be him and all of his cronies.  The Pharisees saw themselves as being above the common people.  Jesus ...

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November 12, 2014 – Working in the Vineyard (Matt. 20:1-16)

The literary skill of Jesus as a story teller is unequaled as I am sure you have concluded by studying the parables of Jesus.  A fundamental lesson is imparted to us in this fascinating parable, found only in Matthew.  This parable is actually in response to the question Peter had asked in the previous chapter.  We really should be thankful to Peter for all of the questions he asked.  Peter asked the Lord, “See, we have left all ...

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November 11, 2014 – The Drag-Net (Matt. 13:47-50)

The parables of Christ were designed to interest all classes of people.  Jesus, the Master Teacher, was able to present divine truth in such a way that even the common man could understand and appreciate His remarkable presentations.  As Jesus is teaching near the Sea of Galilee it is not surprising that He would use some image from the fishing industry.  In Palestine there were two main ways of fishing.  One was with a casting-net or hand-net which ...

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November 10, 2014 – “The Treasure and the Pearl” (Matt. 13:44-46)

C. H Dodd said the following about the parables of Jesus: “At its simplest, the parable is a metaphor or simile drawn from nature or common life, arresting the hearer by its vividness or strangeness and leaving the mind in sufficient doubt about its application to tease it into active thought.”  What a beautiful way to express it.  We are forced into thinking about the parable and making some kind of decision.  The similarities of these two parables ...

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