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1. What is a parable ?
A parable is a comparison, teaching spiritual things by natural things; it holds up a picture to the mind, and teaches something we do not know, by something with which we are familiar,
2. What are the particular advantages of parables ?
They easily secure the attention, and are remembered without difficulty; they pleasingly excite the mind to discover their meaning, and they carry conviction to the understanding.
3. How are Christ's parables distinguished ?
They are plain, easy, beautiful, and impressive, in their style; and clear, pointed, comprehensive, and divinely instructive and important, in their meaning.
4. How may we learn the meaning of Christ's parables.?
He often explains them; the context often shows their meaning; and by considering the occasion on which they were delivered, their general object will be discovered.
5. Is it necessary that every circumstance mentioned in a parable should have a particular meaning?
No: because some circumstances are introduced which are ornamental, or designed to make the similitude more interesting and attractive.
6. How do the parables show the excellency of Christ as a teacher?
They prove that Christ knew what was in man; that he was a divine teacher ; and that his simplest instructions contained such beauties, and imparted such knowledge, that, truly, “ never man spake like this man."
7. Are the parables peculiarly suited to the young?
Yes : because they are plain, easily remembered, pleasing, and instructive.