Figure of Speech: Parables

A multitude of books have been written, sermons preached and lessons taught on the parables of Jesus. For the sake of brevity we will explore two purposes of the Lord’s parables.


Commentary writer on the book of Matthew and member of the church, Leo Boles defines the parable’s first purpose: “The parabolic form veils the truth from those who do not want it, but unveils the truth to those who were ready for it and will receive it.”


Second, the parable was a way to solidify a concept so that it would never be forgotten in the minds of the hearers. The parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) strikes a cord with so many. We can almost see the   father with open arms receiving the son. The parable of the good samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) reminds us all of how much God has helped us in our time of need and how important it is that we reach out to a dying world.