One way to appreciate God’s teachings is to read the parables in the Bible. These are short stories that depict everyday events but they have spiritual lessons in the end. In fact, Jesus Christ used parables to convey his lessons on His time on Earth. If you still have a little knowledge of the Bible, perhaps you should start reading these. Parables are not only easy to read but these also leave impactful message.
Are you new to the way of Jesus Christ? Let us explore some great parables in the Bible.
The Unmerciful Slave (Matthew 18:23-35)
This parable is a cautionary tale about the limit of God’s forgiveness to our sins. It depicts a lord who showed mercy to his slave whose every possession is about to be sold because of his debts. However, the same slave did not show the same compassion to the others who had debts in him despite their promise to pay. He even mistreated his fellow slave and sent him to prison.
As they say, what goes around will come around. His fellow slaves told the lord of his doing. In the end, he received a severe punishment for his actions and he was ordered to repay his debts. This parable tells us to forgive like how God forgave us in our wrongdoings. We cannot dwell on resentment for so long because it will lead us to sin.
The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37)
One of the best known parables in the Bible, the Good Samaritan tells us that we should help each other in times of need regardless of our beliefs. It tells a story of a man who was attacked and robbed off in the road. Jesus used different people to depict that we should love our neighbor as we loved God. A Samaritan helped him in the end, who is considered a foreigner during the time of Jesus. Indeed you can have eternal life by loving your neighbor just as God showed his love on us. Never stop showing acts of kindness to those who need these.
The Laborers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16)
On the other hand, this parable speaks how God accepts people in His Kingdom regardless as to when they come to know Him. Jesus paralleled this to a vineyard owner who hired laborers to look after his farm. After they agreed to their salaries, the laborers went to work. There were some who started early in the morning, and some started late in the day. In the end, they received the same amount regardless of their starting time.
It is a given that the laborers who started earlier complained. However, the vineyard owner responded that they agreed on their daily wage and he is generous enough to give them work. It mirrored our daily lives as Christians. Some feel a sense of self-entitlement just because they have been longer in the Church than others. We should know that God’s mercy does not work that way.
There is no shortage of good parables in the Bible. Start by reading one parable a day. Later, you will be hungrier for God’s wisdom. Then you will be more surprised on how epic the Bible can be once you go deeper in it.