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Animal Parables

Animal Stories From The Bible

He raised that little lamb and it grew up with his children.
He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter.

One day the prophet Nathan appeared before King David. He told David the story of two men. The first was very rich and owned many sheep and cattle. The second was very poor and worked very hard to buy one little lamb. He raised it as one of his children, and cuddled it like a baby in his arms. It drank from his cup and ate from his plate.

The rich man had a guest come to visit. Instead of killing one of his own animals, he came and took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for his guest.

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I have worked for 20 years and you have reduced my wages 10 times.
God has made me wealthy at your father’s expense.

Jacob bought Esau’s birthright and tricked his father Isaac into giving him the Blessing that belonged to his older brother. In fear of what Esau might do, Jacob ran away to the land of his mother, Rebekah, and started working for his Uncle Laban. Jacob had lived a very deceitful life and those seeds of deceit came to harvest under Laban. First, Jacob worked for 7 years to marry the younger daughter, Rachel. Instead, Laban tricked him into marrying the older one, Leah. This meant that Jacob had to serve him for 7 more years for the right to marry Rachel. During this long period of time Jacob was becoming a different man and turning his attention to God. (Genesis 25-29)

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Let Down Your Nets

Posted by Harrison on October 17, 2013
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Let down your nets and you will catch many fish.

Jesus was teaching near the Sea of Galilee and the crowds were overwhelming him. He saw some fishermen cleaning their nets and asked one of them named Peter to push out from the shore so he could address the crowd. After teaching, Jesus told Peter to head back out and cast your nets for a massive catch.

Peter was an experienced fisherman. He knew that catching fish in the daytime was virtually impossible in the clear waters of the Galilee. But he agreed to go back out. He threw out his net and immediately was overwhelmed with the number of fish that had filled it. He called to his partners who came out in their boat and they filled both boats with fish. Immediately, Peter fell to his feet and worshiped Jesus. (Luke 5:1-11)

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“Don’t you understand this parable?
How then will you understand any of the parables?”

One of the most important parables given by Jesus is the Parable of the Sower. This teaching forms the foundation for understanding how the Kingdom of God works. And since Jesus explains the meaning, there is no excuse for not understanding the parable, and acting on it.  (Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-20, Luke 8:4-15)

The sower goes out to sow some seed. The seed is the Word of God. The same seed is sown in four different soils, but each results in a different outcome.

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