Grace & Judgment (Part 3)
By Neil Earle
Hello again brethren.
Remember, we are on a series about the Parables.
People generally know two things about Jesus – he was
crucified and he spoke in parables. Let’s review from last time (answers
The word Parable comes from
a Greek word meaning ____________ . Jesus spoke about 51 parables when John’s Gospel is included (John
4:35). Gordon Fee sees the parables as primarily a ____________ for
confronting people with the ____________ of ____________ . Jesus expected a response
but knew that by not responding His opponents were ____________ and ____________ themselves
(Matthew 13:15). According to Matthew ____________ the Pharisees knew he was talking about them.
Some see 5 categories of
parables. These include ____________ parables, ____________ themes,
____________ vs. ____________ ; the Christian life or ____________ ; and ____________ . Others
sees Ten Themes in the Parables enshrining life-and-death lessons Jesus wanted us to learn
which help illustrate our Christian journey:
is the Hour” – The Bridegroom is here (Mark 2:19); the fields
are already white to harvest, not several months in the future (John
Extravagant Mercy – The two debtors – 10,000 talents was the
highest number in the Greek (Luke 7:41-43); Publicans and harlots
enter the Kingdom ahead of the smug, self-righteous Pharisees (Matthew
Assurance – The Sower “seems” to lose lots of seed but the
ultimate return is staggering (Mark 4:3-8); the Publican’s
repentance assures his justification (Luke 18:14).
Impending Catastrophe – the Rich Fool sleeps on a Volcano (Luke
12:16); When the tower fell, both guilty and innocent were caught in
the trap (Luke 13:15).
Some It’s Too Late – the Wedding Garment is necessary (Matthew
22:12); the Rich Man versus Lazarus (Luke 16:31).
Call to Dramatic, Unexpected Change – the Unjust but Dynamic
Steward (Luke 16:1-8); the child-like attitude, an acted parable
starts NOW – learning to forgive is an absolute (Matthew
18:23-25); go and do likewise (Luke ____________ ).
testing – Peter’s own Gethsemane (Mark 14:27-31); the stone
rejected (Mark 8:31); the kernel that dies (John ____________ ).
Well that Ends Well – the budding tree (Luke 21:29-33); the coming
Great Reversal when the lowly get the chief spot (Luke ____________ ).
Home – the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:24); Jesus serves at the Banquet
Though judgment is a
prominent feature of the parables, George Herbert’s “Love 3” shows,
Yes, God will forgive us. What better news can there be than that! Go and spread the good news.
Fill in Blanks: comparison,
vehicle, message of the Kingdom, hardened and blinded, Matthew 21:45,
Kingdom, Salvation, Wisdom and Folly, Discipleship, Judgment.