70 Parables Of Jesus

The Gospels are packed full of the parables of Jesus, but have you ever taken the time to count how many of them there actually were?  It may surprise you to know that Jesus told 70 of them, yep, 70.  That is a lot of illustrated stories!

Why did Jesus choose to tell parables instead of telling people the actual, plain meaning of what He was teaching?  Let’s look at what Jesus said about why He told them:

  • 10 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 11 And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.”  Matthew 13:10-11
  • 13 This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: “‘“You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.” ” Matthew 13:13-14

What exactly are parables told by Jesus?  They are stories or illustrations that use objects and situations that are common in order to reveal deeper, spiritual principles and information.  They are a physical comparison that we can see, taste, touch, or hear, to a spiritual principle that isn’t tangible.

Why 70?  Do you think that God uses numbers to confirm concepts in His Word?  Yep!  God has favorite numbers and His favorite number is 7.  How do we know that?  We don’t have time to discuss it fully now, but if you do an in depth study of God’s numbers, you’ll see some trends of when God uses particular numbers.  Here’s just a few points to peak your interest:

For example, the number 7 is used 735 times in the Bible (54 times in Revelation alone).  If you also include ‘sevenfold’ or ‘seventh’ it jumps to a total of 860 references.  Seven appears to be the number of completeness and perfection (both in physical and spiritual).  The Bible is divided into 7 sections and God has designated 7 days of the week.  7 Men in the Old Testament are mentioned as a man of God and there are 7 titles referring to Christ by Paul.  There are 7 churches in the book of Revelation.  We could go on and on with the references to ‘7.’  70 is made up of two perfect numbers = 7 for God’s perfection + 0 for God’s completeness & His law), and so symbolizes perfect spiritual order with all power.  It can also represent a period of judgment.

19 Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. 20 As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.”  Revelation 1:1-20

The 70 Parables:

The book of Matthew

  1. Salt of the earth (5:13)
  2. Light of the world (5:14)
  3. Birds of the air are fed by God (6:25 – 26)
  4. Consider the Lilies and amazing flowers God has created (6:28 – 30)
  5. They will be known by their fruits (7:16 – 23)
  6. House built on a rock (7:24 – 27)
  7. The good physician (9:12 – 13)
  8. Friends of the Bridegroom (9:15 – 17)
  9. New cloth on old (9:16)
  10. New wine in old bottles (9:17)
  11. Children in the marketplace (11:16 – 17)
  12. Wisdom justified by children (11:18 – 19)
  13. Kingdom divided against itself (12:25 – 29)
  14. The unclean spirit that wanders and returns home (12:43 – 45)
  15. The Sower (13:3 – 23)
  16. Shine your light before the world (5:15 – 16)
  17. The Mustard seed (13:31 – 32)
  18. Kingdom of God like leaven (13:33)
  19. Treasure hidden in a field (13:44)
  20. The costly pearl (13:45 – 46)
  21. Kingdom of God like a net (13:47 – 50)
  22. Scribe is like man who brings out old, new things (13:52)
  23. The Blind religious leaders of the blind (15:14 – 20)
  24. Become as little children (18:3 – 6)
  25. Offensive hands and eyes spiritually speaking (18:7 – 9)
  26. The lost sheep (18:12 – 14)
  27. The unforgiving servant (18:23 – 35)
  28. The workers in the vineyard (20:1 – 6)
  29. One faithful and one rebellious son (21:28 – 32)
  30. The evil servants in God’s vineyard (21:33 – 46)
  31. The wedding feast (22:1 – 14)
  32. Vultures and the carcase (24:28)
  33. Fig tree seasons like seasons of prophecy (24:32 – 35)
  34. The watchful servants (24:42 – 51)
  35. The Ten Virgins (25:1 – 13)
  36. The talents (25:14 – 30)
  37. The Sheep and the Goats (25:31 – 46)

The book of Mark

  1. The growing seed (4:26 – 29)

The book of Luke

  1. Creditor owed by two people (7:40 – 47)
  2. Good Samaritan (10:30 – 37)
  3. A friend needs food at midnight (11:5 – 8)
  4. Ask and it shall be given (11:9 – 10)
  5. The Giver of good gifts (11:11 – 13)
  6. The rich fool (12:16 – 22)
  7. Life is more than food and the body more than clothes (12:22 – 24)
  8. Barren fig tree (13:6 – 9)
  9. Narrow gate of salvation (13:24)
  10. Master refuses to open door of those who knock (13:25 – 30)
  11. Be humble (14:8 – 14)
  12. Cost of discipleship (14:26 – 33)
  13. The lost coin (15:8 – 10)
  14. Prodigal son (15:11 – 32)
  15. Friends of mammon (16:1 – 9)
  16. Lazarus and the Rich man (16:19 – 31)
  17. Mustard seed faith (17:6)
  18. Unprofitable servant (17:7 – 10)
  19. The widow and the Judge (18:2 – 8)
  20. The Pharisee and the Tax Collector (18:10 – 14)
  21. Nobleman pays his ten servants (19:12 – 27)

The book of John

  1. The wind is like Holy Spirit (3:8)
  2. Fields are white for harvest (4:35 – 38)
  3. The Son follow the Father (5:19 – 20)
  4. Servant of sin freed by repentance and forgiveness through Jesus (8:35)
  5. The Good Shepherd (John 10:1 – 18)
  6. Make the most of your 12 waking hours of daylight (11:9 – 10)
  7. Wheat must die to live (12:23 – 25)
  8. Walking in the light (12:35 – 36)
  9. A place prepared (14:2 – 4)
  10. Christ is the True Vine (15:1 – 8)
  11. Weeping and rejoicing (16:20 – 22)
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