Speaking in parables

Luke Bible Background

04.01.2018 – New Testament: Luke 8.4

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 8.1–21 on April 1, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

Jesus taught frequently in parables. The word “parable” comes from two Greek words, meaning to cast along the side. A parable is a story that is cast along the side of a truth. If you can see the point of the parable, you can see the spiritual truth. Or at least that is how they are supposed to work, but if a person has a hard heart, then he will not see the truth. Luke wrote,

And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable…

– Luke 8.4

For that method of teaching, great multitudes followed Jesus then and they still follow Him, even as you and I are today!


  • What do you think of parables?
  • When you hear a preacher today use a parable, or we tend to call them “illustrations,” how does it affect you?

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