Wednesday, December 06, 2017

"They will reverence my son" - Jesus' Parables and the Secret of Christianity

Sunset and Mt. Fuji, 100 Km Far

Jesus' Parables and the Secret of Christianity

The list of parables Christ Jesus cited in His teaching is as follows, according to a study:
List of Parables in Order Brief descriptions and scripture references for all 46 parables.
Parables #1-2-3-4 New cloth, New wine. Lamp on a stand. Wise & foolish builders.
Parables #5-6 Moneylender forgives unequal debts. Lamp on a stand (2nd time).
Parables #7-8 Rich man builds bigger barns. Servants must remain watchful.
Parables #9-10 Wise and foolish servants. Unfruitful fig tree.
Parable #11 Sower of seeds into four types of soil.
Parable #12 Weeds among good plants. “Kingdom of Heaven”.
Parables #13-15 Growing seed. Mustard seed. Yeast. “Kingdom of Heaven”.
Parables #16-19 Hidden treasure. Pearl. Fishing net. Owner of a house. “Kingdom of Heaven”.
Parables #20-21 Lost sheep. The sheep, gate, and shepherd.
Parables #22-23 Master and his servant. Unmerciful servant.
Parables #24-25 Good Samaritan. Friend in need.
Parables #26-27 Lowest seat at the feast. Invitation to a great banquet.
Parable #28 Cost of discipleship.
Parables #29-30 Lost sheep (sheep as sinners). Lost copin.
Parable #31 Lost (prodigal) son.
Parable #32 Shrewd manager.
Parable #33 Rich man and Lazarus.
Parable #34 Workers in the vineyard, early and late.
Parables #35-36 Persistent widow and crooked judge. Praying: Pharisee and tax collector.
Parable #37 King's servants given minas.
Parables #38-39 Two sons, one obeys, one does not. Wicked tenants.
Parable #40 Invitation to a wedding banquet.
Parables #41-42 Signs from a fig tree. Wise and foolish servants.
Parables #43-44 Wise and foolish virgins. Servants must remain watchful.
Parable #45 Three servants given talents.
Parable #46 Sheep and goats will be separated.
The most remarkable feature is that He didn't present a kind of religious theory Paul later developed and delved into.

Those parables were directed to attitudes and the mind set people should have in their daily lives.  He taught how foolishly some people acted and thought.  He assumed that people had some idea about God and Heaven.  He sometimes presented what God wanted and what Heaven was like.  But mostly His focus was on how people should act and think.

But some parables seem to have been directed to spies sent by priests of the Jerusalem Temple.  Christ Jesus apparently gave warning to those rich priests in power through spies listening to him.  So, when those rich priests heard what Christ Jesus had said in His mission, they must have been more alarmed.

However, these parables could not allow for the establishment of the religion Christianity.  It needed one more thing: the conviction that Christ Jesus was the Son of God.

So, the secret of Christianity lies in how disciples and the Apostles realized that Christ Jesus was the Son of God.  Only because he looked like resurrecting three days after the Crucifixion?   

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Mar 12:6 Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
Mar 12:7 But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be our's.
Mar 12:8 And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.
Mar 12:9 What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.