Excerpt from Special Sermons, and Analyses of Ten of Our Lord's Parables
Webster defines a parable to be a fable or allegorical relation or representation of something real in life or nat ure from which a moral is drawn for instruction. Our Watson says a parable is an allegorical instruction, founded on something real or apparent in nature or his tory, from which a moral is drawn by comparing it with some other thing in which the people are more immediately concerned. Perhaps the latter definition is more full and satisfactory. It certainly describes well our Lord's para bles. Not one of them is founded on any pursuit or history that was unknown or foreign to the people who first heard his parables, or that was of local or temporary use; and now in the nineteenth century after their delivery as we read them we find around us and in every land the same call ings and usages of society to'which they refer. The natural objects on which the parables rest in the representation are at our door, and the Spiritual application is therefore easy, and may be immediately made.
We enter gardens, fields, houses, cities, country-places, private and public homes, amid ﬂowers, fruits, and every variety of innocent enjoyment, so that from the seen we may approach the unseen and believe and live. Our faith will be strengthened and our hand for duty quickened and encouraged until it will be our meat and drink to do the will of God. Let us sit down to a repast from our Lord's parables, following him as our leader, and fearing no evil.
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