• The Leaven of the Pharisees and the Leaven of Herod

    Mark 8:14–15

    When we harden our hearts even just a little bit and refuse to obey God on what we might consider a minor matter, we introduce leaven into our lives that can spread to other areas. It is imperative, therefore, that ...Read More

  • The Parable of the Prodigal Son

    Luke 15:11—32

    If we are not careful, we may adopt a holier-than-thou attitude just like the one that the Prodigal Son’s brother possessed. We dare not close the doors of our churches to the most notorious sinners. If they have repented and ...Read More

  • The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

    Luke 18:9—14

    Turning to God’s mercy alone does not mean turning to some vague idea of a forgiving deity. Instead, we must rest in Christ alone for our salvation, trusting that He paid the penalty for our sins and was raised for ...Read More

  • The Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard

    Matthew 20:1—16

    In our fallen condition, we are tempted to believe that God somehow owes us something other than justice. However, if the Lord were to pour out His justice on us, we could not stand. But He shows grace to His ...Read More

  • The Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price

    Matthew 13:44—46

    All Christians are called to be willing to give up everything for Christ. There is no earthly treasure so valuable that it is worth having over the Savior. No relationship or possession is worth more than belonging to our Savior. ...Read More

  • The Parable of the Rich Fool

    Luke 12:13–21

    Scripture does not condemn wealth, which can be a great tool for the kingdom of God. Instead, it condemns those who serve their wealth, men and women who make it their god and do not thank the Lord for their ...Read More

  • The Parable of the Unjust Judge

    Luke 18:1–8

    We should not think that our infinite God gets tired of hearing our pleas for justice. The Lord does not forget when injustice has been done, and He will certainly rectify it, though sometimes He waits until we have persistently ...Read More

  • The Parables of Jesus

    Psalm 78:2

    One of the things that characterize Jesus as a master teacher is His use of parables to illustrate His lessons. Vivid stories such as the parables help those who believe to understand the Word of God. Insofar as we teach ...Read More

  • Speaking Ever in Parables

    Mark 4:33—34

    We who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone have the benefit of receiving the explanation of His teaching from Him. This does not occur by the impartation of secret knowledge available only to a select few; rather, it occurs ...Read More

  • The Parable of the Mustard Seed

    Mark 4:30—32

    John Calvin comments on this parable that “the Lord opens his reign with a feeble and despicable commencement, for the express purpose, that his power may be more fully illustrated by its unexpected progress.” There is no other explanation for ...Read More

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