Q. Could you please advise us how many parables of Christ there are in the Holy Bible and where they are found? Please explain the parables in Matthew 13. Are these parables about the church?
3* And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow;
4* and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up.
5* “Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil.
6* “But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7* “Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out.
8* “And others fell on the good soil and *yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.
9* “He who has ears, let him hear.”
18* “Hear then the parable of the sower.
19* “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road.
20* “The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
21* yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away.
22* “And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
23* “And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”
24* ¶ Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
25* “But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away.
26* “But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also.
27* “The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’
28* “And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’ The slaves *said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’
29* “But he *said, ‘No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them.
30* ‘Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
31* He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field;
32* and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that THE BIRDS OF THE AIR come and NEST IN ITS BRANCHES.”
33* He spoke another parable to them, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.”
36* Then He left the crowds and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”
37* And He said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man,
38* and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one;
39* and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels.
40* “So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age.
41* “The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness,
42* and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
43* “Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
44* “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
45* “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls,
46* and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
47* “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind;
48* and when it was filled, they drew it up on the beach; and they sat down and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away.
49* “So it will be at the end of the age; the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous,
50* and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
51* “Have you understood all these things?” They *said to Him, “Yes.”
1) The Parable of the speck and log – Matt. 7:1-6; Luke 6:37-43
2) The parable of the two houses – Matt. 7:24-27; Lk. 6:47-48
3) The parable of the children in the marketplace – Matt. 11:16; Lk. 11:24-26
4) The parable of the two debtors – Lk. 7:41
5) The unclean spirit – Matt. 12:43-45; Lk. 11:24-26
6) The rich man’s meditation – Lk. 12:16
7) The barren fig tree – Lk. 13:6-9
8) The sower – Matt. 13:3-8; Mk. 4:31,32; Lk. 13:19
9) The tares – Matt. 13:24-30
10) The seed – Mk. 4:20
11) The grain of mustard seed – Matt. 13:31, 32; Mk. 4:31, 32; Lk. 13:19
12) The leaven – Matt. 13:33; Lk. 13:21
13) The lamp – Matt. 5:15; Mk. 4:21; Lk. 8:16; 11:33
14) The dragnet – Matt. 13:47,48
15) The hidden treasure – Matt. 13:47, 48
16) The pearl of great value – Matt. 45, 46
17) The householder – Matt. 13:52
18) The marriage – Matt. 9:15; Mk. 2:19, 20; Lk. 5:34, 35
19) The patched garment – Matt. 9:16; Mk. 2:21; Lk. 5:36
20) The wine bottles – Matt. 9:17; Mk. 2:22; Lk. 5:37
21) The harvest – Matt. 9:37; Lk. 10:2
22) The opponent – Matt. 5:25; Lk. 12:58
23) Two insolvent debtors – Matt. 18:23-35
24) The good Samaritan – Lk. 10:30-37
25) The three loaves – Lk. 11:5-8
26) The good shepherd – John 10:1-16
27) The narrow gate – Matt. 7:14; Lk. 13:24
28) The guests – Lk. 14:7-11
29) The marriage supper – Matt. 22;2-9; Lk. 14:16-23
30) The wedding clothes – Matt. 22:10-14
31) The tower – Luke 14:28-30
32) The king going to war – Lk. 14:31
33) The lost sheep – Matt. 18:12; Lk. 15:4-7
34) The lost coin – Lk. 15:8,9
35) The prodigal son – Lk. 15:11-32
36) The unjust steward – Lk. 16:1-9
37) The importunate widow – Lk. 18:2-5
38) The Pharisee and tax gatherer – Lk. 18:10-14
39) The slave’s duty – Lk. 17:7
40) Laborers in the vineyard – Matt. 20:1-16
41) The talents – Matt. 25:14-30; Lk. 19:11-27
42) The two sons – Matt. 21:28
43) The wicked vine-growers – Matt. 21:33-43; Mk. 12:1-9; Lk. 20:9-16
44) The fig tree – Matt. 24:32; Mk. 13:28; Lk. 21:29, 30
45) The watching slave – Matt. 24:43; Lk. 12:39
46) The man on a journey – Mk. 13:34
47) Character of two slaves – Matt. 24:45-51; Lk. 12:42-46
48) The ten virgins – Matt. 25:1-12
49) The watching slaves – Lk. 12:36-38
50) The vine and branches – John 15:1-6