Matthew 13 is a compilation of wonderful parables. Before we dive into them in the coming weeks, I want to jump ahead to Jesus' explanation for His use of parables.
What is a Parable?
Literally, it means to “throw at” -- basically throwing to seemingly disconnected ideas together.
A parable takes something familiar and compares it to something unfamiliar.
It is the original “mashup!”
Why not simply explain everything literally and be done with it? Here are just a few potential reasons ...