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  1. Introduction
  2. Getting the response
  3. Jesus and his experience
  4. Conclusion

What is the structure of the parable? Someone who is familiar with the bible would be able to tell you that they are allegorical stories in which each part of the parable signifies something. This is not always true. The parable is not an illustration of Jesus' message. The parable is the message. The parable is created to produce a response from the listener.

[...] Jesus takes this idea and turns it on its head. He tells them this would be wrong. This is the unexpected twist that helps explain the kingdom. Jesus later explains the parable to His disciples and tells them that if you were to weed all who do evil, you might uproot those who do good as well. In this way Jesus takes an ordinary story, and makes it extraordinary. He takes an ordinary task out of everyday life and adds a twist to [...]

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