Daniel Dye Shamy
Feb 9 · 7 min read
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Parables are one of the most unique attributes employed by Jesus Christ in his teachings. Parables are simply analogies through stories that illustrate and instruct, principles and lessons. When asked by his fellow disciples, why he taught them in parables, Jesus replied…

Matthew 13:10–17 KJV

[10] And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? [11] He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. [12] For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. [13] Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. [F14] And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: [15] For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. [16] But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. [17] For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them ; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

God has been speaking to His people and compiling parables throughout history. From Genesis to Revelations, every scripture is a type and shadow of each other. This particularly unique way of teaching, has a timed understanding to it. God’s parables slowly reveal themselves and their mysteries as time progresses. Through imagery, events, people, and promises, God has laid a foundation of parables throughout all Holy scripture. Right down to the very names of the people involved, depicting their qualities or accomplishments, well before ever exuding those traits.

Take Jesus Christ for example, his name means “Yahwehs anointed savior”. What about Eve? Her name means, “mother of all living”. They didn’t earn their titles or names before they were called that. They were born into a choice name that reflected who they were and what they would accomplish, before they accomplished it. This is a great insight into the mind of God and how he uses parables.

Let’s take a look at a parable that is not regarded as a parable, Yet, exudes every quality of one…

Jesus was being tempted to produce a sign of the times for the unbelieving…

Luke 11:29–30 KJV

[29] And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. [30] For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.

To use Jonah as an example for unbelieving Jews, spoke directly to their hearts and their beliefs. They neither believed in Jesus or his teaching, but they believed in Jonah and his accomplishments. This would be a parable, set up for the express purpose of aiding Jesus in his ministry. Jonah was swallowed by a fish that God prepared and spit out on shore three days later. This too points straight to Christ. God prepared a fish that gave Jonah salvation from his hellish (almost) demise at the bottom of the sea. He prayed to God to be saved and just look at how HUGE that payer became. He was not only saved from his own devices but saved a whole city through repentance. Jonah represented a Christian quite well. A man, saved by God, sent out to a sinning world to bring them into repentance and save them as well. It’s hard to find a better example of a Christian in the Old Testament. This is just as much a parable as the sower and the seed. This means of comparison and likeness covers every angle of a parable.

Why parables? Parables are employed by every Christian without even knowing it. When you read any book, hear any story, watch any movie, you naturally compare yourself to the people and their circumstances. This natural, God given ability is called empathy. It’s instilled in you. You develop empathy as a child, your not imbued it upon birth. You have to develop empathy and wield it through your everyday life. If you deny the natural affections of empathy and sympathy, you deny yourself the ability to ever really love.

Without empathy, you cant walk in another persons shoes. Without empathy your stuck with your simple selfish, needy, ungrateful self. No one learns how to be ungrateful, they’re born that way. It’s an affliction from the garden till Christ returns.

God has proclaimed his teachings through parables to the ends that you MUST employ empathy to understand them. Without empathy, a parable is just a story you cant relate to. No lessons learned. No moral applications. Just bewilderment towards the importance of someone else and not yourself.

The need for empathy to make parables work is interesting when applied to the Jews that Jesus spoke to. Jesus declares it as having eyes to see, and ears to hear. Again we read…

Matthew 13:10–17 KJV

[10] And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? [11] He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. [12] For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. [13] Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. [14] And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: [15] For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. [16] But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. [17] For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them ; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

Did God not reconcile the world unto himself? How these Jews of Jesus’ time fell short was their inability or resistance to see the world through empathetic eyes. Think of what Paul proclaims the qualities of the people who walk by the Spirit of God are….

Galatians 5:22–26 KJV

[22] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. [24] And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. [25] If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. [26] Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Empathy is how God teaches us. Empathy is needed to understand parables. Parables are fruitless without placing yourself in the story. Thus, God has hid his mysteries and truths behind a shield of empathy. Why not? God is love, and empathy is love in action. God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son. THATS LOVE!!! And you cant come to the cross without it. Repentance means you understand your shortcomings in the flesh and your sin addled ways. This in turn means you understand a need for a savior, which further means you have empathy towards His cause. Without empathy, Paul would still be Saul. God had to literally give him eyes to see! Jesus himself had to open up that brothers heart to empathy, otherwise, like Jonah of old, he would of never seen his salvation reflected in the lives of others. Even Jonah fell short by wishing the worst for Nineveh, after they came into repentance. No empathy employed there.

Since parables are Gods way of teaching, and empathy is needed for the understanding of them, now consider the hearts of those who reject Christ…

Galatians 5:19–21 KJV

[19] Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these ; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, [20] Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, [21] Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Any empathy in this list of self serving depravities? Those who love this stuff never really have love, do they? What is guilt? Guilt is empathy in action. You can see the wrong you did, because you have enough sense to know you don’t want that wrong turned on your own head. A person without empathy has no heart. A person without empathy is incomplete. They have a God sized hole in their hearts, replacing love with self interests. How easy a tempest can toss the heartless to and fro.

God uses empathy indeed. How can you have charity and grace without it?

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