Sower, tares, mustard seed, leaven, hidden treasure, pearl, net, scribe – What do these have in common? Each is one of eight parables presented in succession in Matthew 13. These, along with all the other parables of Jesus, are short figurative analogies similar to fables, which, like the lengthy allegories and legends throughout the Old Testament, are intended to communicate timeless spiritual messages. The enduring nature of Biblical teachings is owing in general to their inspiration by the Holy Ghost and in particular to their innate quality of universal, eternal application. They are as old as old can be, yet fresh and new each time they cross our minds.
Excerpt from the manuscript of the sermon preached by
Rev. Bill Lawson on July 30, 2023, at Briensburg UMC.