The Gospel of Matthew contains a large number of parables told by Jesus – stories with a hidden meaning. The disciples twice ask Jesus about the meaning of the parables and Jesus explains the meaning. It seems that Jesus’ intention is to make people who hear parables work and search for the answer. These are stories that will only yield their true meaning as we take time to think through what Jesus is saying.
All of the parables in Matthew are told to explain the same thing: the kingdom of heaven. So as we read these parables, our key question should be the same, “What is the kingdom of heaven; what is it like?”
There are thirteen individual studies in this series, which contain fifteen parables.