Jesus Teaching in Parables

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Hypocrisy
In this passage we find three parables. A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. Jesus used several parables drawn from everyday life to illustrate the principles He was teaching:
  1. The Eye and its Focus (vv. 39-42) - Discernment is the key as we tend to judge.
    1. To see clearly
    2. To judge carefully
    3. To act compassionately
  2. The Tree and its Fruit (vv. 43-45) - Life needs good fertilization and pruning.
    1. Is the tree prepared
    2. Is the tree productive
    3. Is the tree profitable
  3. The House and its’s Foundation (vv. 46-49) - Make sure it is built on Christ the rock.
    1. The foundation must be deep
    2. The foundation must be dependable
    3. The foundation must be durable

Application

These character qualities given by our Lord in these parables are needed in my life in order for me to not be a hypocrite and for Him  to be able to produce good spiritual fruit that is lasting?

Luke 6:39-49 (English Standard Version)

He also told them a parable: "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye. "For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. "Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great."

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