The first four Gospels in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) are my favorite books in the Bible. I have taken a class on the Ministry of Jesus which generally studies Jesus’ life from his birth to after his death and resurrection. I have also taken a class on the Parables of Jesus which I find to be very interesting. I find it fun breaking down the parables to understand the “hidden” message behind them. I am just going to briefly talk about two of my favorites.
My first favorite appears in Luke 7: 41-43, the Parable of when the money lender forgives unequal debts. The context of the parable was at the time where the sinful woman, Mary Magdalene, anoints Jesus, and Simon scorns her for not donating the expensive perfume to the poor. When Jesus heard Simon say those things, Jesus told a parable to explain a teaching. In this parable, a very rich man lends two amounts of money to two different men. One amount is a lot higher than the other, one owed 500 denarii and the other owed 50 denarii. When neither men are able to repay their debts the rich man forgives both of them. Jesus asks the question, “Which one of them will love him more?” Simon responds with “the one who owed the moneylender more money.” This was the correct answer that Jesus was looking for. The meaning to this parable taught by Jesus was that those who are forgiven more, love more, and those forgiven less, love less. This parable can be understood regarding many situations with difficult people in our lives, and the relationships that we have to grow in order to preserve them.
My next favorite parable is the parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders. This parable is found in Matthew 7:24–27 and in Luke 6:46–49. The context that the parable was told in was that Jesus was explaining how in the second coming, there would be false prophets and evil doers, but we are not to listen to them or give them a hold on our hearts. Jesus says, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”. These famous words lead into the parable. The first man who built his house on the rock had a sturdy foundation on a solid place. There then was a storm and a flood, but the house stood firm because it had been carefully planned out to have a strong foundation to keep it standing through all trials. The second man build his house on the sand. On the sand, it had no foundation and when the storms and wind came, the house crumbled because without a foundation, it had nothing to keep it standing. The meaning of the parable is that in order to withstand judgment as well as all the trials of earth before the second coming, you must have a strong relationship with God, and a foundation of faith to keep you standing strong!