Jesus Included Parables in His Teaching (Psalm 78:1-3)
1. This morning we showed how "Jesus taught great lessons through parables." 2. In Luke 15 Jesus presented 3 parables to illustrate how there is joy in heaven when a lost soul is saved. 3. This evening, our lesson is based on a prophecy recorded in Psalm 78:1-3 that relates to the fact that "Jesus included parables in His teaching." 4. Let us begin by examining . . . Discussion: I. PSALM 78:1-3
A. (vs.1) The Lord calls upon His people to listen to His law and His words. 1. This was a requirement of the old covenant (Exodus 19:5). 2. This is also a requirement of the new covenant (Matthew 7:24-27). B. (vs.2-3) The Lord would use "parables" as He communicated His Word. II. THESE VERSES IN PSALM 78 CONTAIN A PROPHECY THAT JESUS FULFILLED
A. Jesus often used parables in His teaching; however, on one occasion He used parables exclusively as He taught by the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 13:1-3a, 34). B. By doing so, Jesus fulfilled the prophecy in Psalm 78:2-3 (Matthew 13:35). III. IN MATTHEW 13:10-17, JESUS EXPLAINED WHY HE USED PARABLES IV. ON THIS OCCASION JESUS TAUGHT:
A. the parable of the sower (vs.3b-9, 18-23) B. the parable of the tares (vs.24-30, 36-43) C. the parable of the mustard seed (vs.31-32) D. the parable of the leaven (vs.33) E. the parable of the treasure hidden in a field (vs.44) F. the parable of the merchant man seeking pearls (vs.45-46) G. the parable of the net (vs.47-50). V. JESUS' PARABLES CAN BE UNDERSTOOD (Matthew 13:51-52) Conclusion:
1. Jesus taught many great lessons through parables. 2. By doing so, He fulfilled the prophecy found in Psalm 78:2. 3. Let us appreciate the Lord's parables and heed the lessons that Jesus taught through them.