Purpose of Parables in Mark and Daniel: SunGrist BibleBooks B&W LC series (Kindle in Color) Kindle Edition

by Jerry Vaughan McMichael (Author), Ann McMichael (Editor)

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Table of Contents

PREFACE: A Cup of Water2
“He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’” (Matthew 13:28)18
Chapter 1 PARABLES.19
“All Things Come in Parables” (Mark 4:11)19
Chapter 3 The Pattern of Sound Words & Works.55
Chapter 4: THE MINISTRY OF JESUS the70
Chapter 5: Preface to the 18 quotes of Mark.79
Chapter 6: Mark 4 and Exegesis in Context.95
The Gospel of the Boat99
The Healing Touch of Jesus108
The Parable of the Leaven of the Bread in the Boat109
The Second Half of the Gospel of the Kingdom112
Chapter 7: WITH COMMENTS.113
Chapter 8: How Did It Get So Personal So125
Chapter 9: Kingdoms in Mark & the Bible.135
Chapter 10: “Hear Him”.148
Chapter 11: The Tares and the Kingdom.157
Chapter 12: Service and Separation with Salt.178
Chapter 13: Some Marvels of Daniel.202
Chapter 14: Where Did the Word “Kingdom” Go ?210
Chapter 15: Sweeps of Daniel and the Finalized Kingdom.227
Chapter 16: Mark 13-16 and the Second Coming.237
Chapter 17: Signs for the Time, Times, and the Half Time.256

PREFACE: A Cup of Water
The nations of the whole world stand before Jesus at the End of the Age, and what does Jesus use as a basis to separate the sheep from the goats, a cup of water. It is certainly scary enough to think that our eternal welfare, can depend on a single act of kindness like a drink of water, or a free meal, or visitation of the sick and needy; and that it is our treatment of the “least” in the kingdom of God that is most important; but beyond the significance of our eternal welfare in hell or heaven…

Here is the real break thru in Bible study both on the kingdom and on parables from THE PURPOSE OF PARABLES IN MARK AND DANIEL–

  1. All Things COME in Parables.

Jesus in these words of Mark 4, “all things come in parables” establishes an important guideline for understanding the Bible.  Perhaps, you never realized that parables go beyond the approximately 12 parables that we considered in SOUND MORE SOUNDS, or even beyond the approximately 52 total parables from the four Gospels.  Also perhaps you have never realized that the “come” in Mark 4:11 is a word carefully chosen by Jesus. Why did He not say, “all things are spoken in parables”?  Or why did He not say, “all things are delivered in parables?  The reason is that Jesus is talking about a method that God uses to communicate to His Creation in the revelations of the Bible.  In short, “come” is the equivalent of “are inspired”.  The phrase is easily the equivalent of “all things are inspired in parables.”  And what that means is also in the verse context of Mark 4:11.

 “And He {Jesus} said to them (the 12 apostles} to you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables….” 

2. The “they” in do not understand parables.

10 But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. 11 And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables,12 so that

‘Seeing they may see and not perceive,
And hearing they may hear and not understand;
Lest they should turn,
And their sins be forgiven them.’ ”

The “you” is clear in Luke, it is only devout disciples like the original twelve, those taught by Jesus, that can understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God.  The “they” is more difficult to comprehend, and even apply today.  Jesus had just taught the multitudes, so it was obvious that He did not want all in the multitude to understand and be converted.  And somewhat more specifically he states, that the “they” is “to those who are outside”; thus it is that those who are outside the kingdom are not to understand, be converted, and understand parables or the mysteries of the kingdom of God.

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