“A parable is not merely a simple analogy. It’s an elongated simile or metaphor with a distinctly spiritual lesson contained in the analogy.”
I have actually been looking for a book like this for quite a while, so when I saw this I was pretty excited. Parables delves into the parables that Jesus shares throughout the Bible. John Macarthur does an amazing job of clearly explaining the background behind the stories that Jesus shared. I found it super helpful to have the parables unpackaged so comprehensively and clearly. It allowed me to gain an appreciation for not only the cultural but the eternal and timeless messages Jesus imparted to us through His Word. Macarthur also did a great job of showing how the parables Jesus shared are connected.
For example how the parables about the servants, the virgins and the talents.
“The three parables combined give us one clear message: “You do not know when the master of the house is coming-in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster or in the morning” (Mark 13:35). “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:44). Meanwhile, keep watching, waiting, and working faithfully.