A parable is a special story that tells one point. In today’s Bible story Jesus tells the a parable of two sons. Both sons are told by their father to work in the family vineyard. Jesus liked to tell parables. He told a parable about a father and his two sons. The man asked both of his sons to help out in the vineyard that the family owned. The first son refused to work, but later on he changed his mind and went out to work. The second son promised his father that he would go out and work, but he never went. Jesus then asked the people listening to the story which son did what the father wanted. They answered, "The first." Jesus agreed.
When the people of Israel were about to enter the Promised Land, the Lord told Moses to choose twelve men, one from each tribe, to go and spy out the land. The men were to check out the people, the cities, and the food. They spied for forty days and when they returned, they gave a report. The land was great for farming and they brought back samples. They also reported that the people looked like giants and were very strong, and the cities were built strong and guarded well. Ten of the spies were afraid to go back into the land. But Joshua and Caleb disagreed. They felt that with God’s help, they would be able to successfully overtake the land. They were strong and courageous!
Jesus told another parable about how a farmer who scatters seeds in the field is a picture of us sharing the Good News the seed is the word of God, and the ground represents people of the world. Sometimes when you share your faith the "seed" of what you said falls in a place where it does not or cannot grow. Other times, when you share your faith the "seed" of what you said falls on good soil, takes root, and grows. The key to this lesson is to not be concerned about where the seed falls, but to sow as many seeds as you possible can. In other words, plant a seed today by telling others the Good News about Jesus.
Jesus journeyed to Galilee, preaching about the kingdom of God. One day as Jesus was out walking by the sea, He saw two brothers fishing. Their names were Simon and Andrew. Jesus asked them to follow Him. He said He would make them fishers of people. They immediately put down their nets and followed Jesus. As He continued on, He saw two more brothers, James and John. They were with their father, Zebedee, fixing their nets. Jesus called to them, and they also immediately left their father and the boat to follow Jesus. (Source: Mark 1:16-20) Jesus is also calling out to us, "Come, be my disciples, and I will show you how to fish for people!" Mark 1:17
Jesus had been invited to a special meal. He talked to His disciples about how everyone should be seated. When you are invited to a fancy meal, Jesus said, you should in a humble seat. It is better to first take the humble seat so that the host could come over and say to you, "Friend, move up to the better seat." The guest moving up would then be honored in front of the other guests. Jesus warned that everyone who honors themselves before others will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be honored before others. Jesus also went on to tell them that they should not invite only their friends, family and rich neighbors to a meal, but He told them to invite the poor and hurt people instead. These people would not be able to repay them back and they would get blessings from God. Luke 14:8-14a
Jesus returned to the city of Capernaum. When the people heard that He had come back to town, they all came to see Him. Soon, there was no room in the house where Jesus was speaking. But four men wanted Jesus to help their friend who was paralyzed and could not walk on his own. They cared about their friend so much that they carried him to the house where Jesus was speaking, cut a hole in the roof, and then lowered him through the hole right in front of Jesus. They really wanted Jesus to heal their friend. Jesus was very impressed by this act of friendship and faith. So, He said to the paralyzed man, "Get up and walk." The man did exactly what Jesus told him to do! He walked right out of the house praising God for everyone to see. The people were amazed and they too praised God. (Mark 2:1-12 NIV)
After their long trip from slavery in Egypt, Moses brought the Israelites to Mount Sinai. Moses brought the people to the mountain where they were to wait while he went up and received God’s instructions. A cloud covered the mountain for six days. The Lord's presence was there on Mount Sinai. On the seventh day, the Lord called to Moses from the cloud. The people at the foot of the mountain saw an incredible sight! The glory of the Lord on the mountain looked like a great fire. Moses stayed on the mountain for forty days and forty nights as he received God's instructions in order to teach God’s people God’s Words and God’s ways. (Exodus 24:12-18)
When the Israelites were leaving Egypt, God did not lead them directly to the Promised Land. The direct way would have taken them into a land of enemies, who would have wanted to fight. Instead, God led them into the desert and toward the Red Sea. They camped along the way. On their journey, God provided a large cloud to lead them during the day and a column of fire to guide them at night. God never took away the cloud or fire from the people's sight. He used it as a constant reminder that He was always there to lead them, Anytime, Anywhere, ALWAYS!
(Source: Exodus 13:17-18 & 20-22)
(Source: Exodus 13:17-18 & 20-22)