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Keys to scripture

Updated: Aug 23, 2022

How to interpret the parables

Philip the evangelist [Acts 8:30] asked the Ethiopian church as he read the scroll of the prophet Isaiah, “Do you understand what you are reading?” Today, I would like to ask you the same question “Do you understand the scriptures that you are reading?” We cannot understand anything in the scriptures unless the Holy Spirit reveals it to us. However, God is not in the business of making it difficult for his church to understand his word. In fact, he has appointed some keys in the bible to make it easier for us to understand what he is saying through his word. Today, we are going to look at 3 examples of keys to unlocking the meaning of Psalms, Proverbs and Parables. We are starting with the parables.

Parables: is a story comparison where something is laid against something else. It usually is something spiritual laid alongside something natural, with a view to give understanding to God`s people and hiding it from his enemies.

The key to understanding the parables is found in the parable of the sower.

Mark 4:3-20; Parable of Sower

Verse 12; Unbelievers do not understand

Verse 13; If you do not understand this parable, how will you understand others. This is the most simple of parables and shows us how to interpret all the other parables.

A. Sower (believer) sows’ word (gospel) field (human heart)

B. Those by Road (do not understand) birds (Satan) steals it

C. Those by Rocks (understood) joyful acceptance but does not give word time to develop roots and when persecuted falls away.

D. Word sown in thorns is choked by cares and worries desire for worldly things. Their eyes are off Jesus.

E. Word sown on (good) heart understands it and is obedient to it. Produces fruits (good works) by *100, *50, *30 (minimum)


Seed = Word of God

Ground field = Human heart

Birds = Satan and demons

Rocky ground = Hardened heart

Thorns = Hearts preoccupied with worries and worldly desires

Good soil = Open hearts

Fruit = Good work/character

So in each parable, the things in it represent the elements of God`s truth revealed in a way to make his people understand.

Try another example now

Matthew 13:24-30; Parable of the Tares

Sower of Good seed = Son of Man, Jesus Christ

Field = World

Good seed = Sons of the Kingdom of God

Tares = Sons of Evil one

Enemy = devil

Harvest = End of Age

Reapers = Angels

Tares Burning = evil

Check your answer against

Matthew 13:36-42

Prayer: May the Lord open his word to each one of us and cause us to understand what the Spirit is saying to us in his church.


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