The Parable of the Householder

The last parable in Matthew 13 is often neglected, sometimes not even considered to be a parable — and yet in this unique parable Jesus instructs scribes to bring forth new and old things concerning the kingdom. Who qualifies to be a scribe? What must be understood?...

The Parable of the Dragnet

The parable of the dragnet (Mat 13:47-50) is another unique Matthean parable and the third in Matthew 13 that receives an explanation (Mat 13:49-50; cf. 13:18-23; 13:36-43). But just because the parable has received an explanation does not mean one should not think...

The Parable of the Pearl Merchant

‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it’ (Mat 13:45-46; NKJV). Who is the wealthy merchant who sold all that he had and bought the pearl? A...

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

In Matthew 13, the disciples ask Jesus privately in the house to explain the parable of the tares of the field (Mat 13:36). Among other referents, Jesus identifies the field as the world, the sower as the Son of Man, and the field is specifically ‘his field’ (Mat...

The Parable of the Tares of the Field

The parable of the tares of the field (Mat 13:24-30, 36-43) is unique to Matthew. Moreover, it not only received a specific title, but it also is one of only three parables in Matthew 13 that Jesus explained (Mat 13:36-43). That does not mean one should not study and...