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Topic: Parables

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Two Sons & Ten Spies Application: Could you comment on the parallel between the Bible stories of the two sons in the New Testament and the ten spies,in the Old Testament and how that applies to Jews and us? [Matthew 21, Numbers 13].

Parable of the Talents (Minas) and the Wicked Servant: Could you comment on the parable of the talents (minas) and the wicked servant in Luke and what happened to the servant who just buried his mina? [Luke 19:25-27].

New or Old Earth and the Age of Stars: Could you talk about the discrepancy between the estimated age of creation, earth and stars in the literal view of Genesis, vs a more symbolic view, and in contrast to those in science? [Genesis 1-11].

Copies of Matthew: Caller shares how many copies of Matthews are available.
Considering Hell: Caller comments on Hell, and some of his disagreements with Steve on the topic, about parables, everlasting, etc. [Mark 4, Matthew 14, Isaiah 66:24, Luke 10:31, Luke 16:19-31].

Parable of the Sower: What is the application to us in the "Parable of the Sower"? [Luke 8:4-15, Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-20, Mark 4:34, John 3:3, John 8:31].

The Parable of the Unwise Virgins (Bridesmaids): Could you clarify the meaning of the parable of the unwise virgins (bridesmaids)? [Matthew 25:1-13, I Thessalonians 4:17, Acts 28:15].

William Lane Craig's View of Genesis as Allegory: Is William Lane Craig's view that Genesis is allegory, suggesting that Jesus got it wrong, acceptable? [Genesis 1-11, John 14:6].

Why Jesus Didn't Want People to Understand His Parables: Could you clarify why Jesus indicated that he didn't want people to understand His parables, if He wants everyone saved? [Mark 4:12, Mark 4:34, Isaiah 6, Matthew 13].

Calvary Chapel, 1970s: Caller reminisces with Steve about their mutual time at Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa in the 1970s.
Parable of the Ten Virgins: Could you comment on the parable of the ten virgins? [Matthew 25:1-13].

Truth-Somewhere In-between Two extremes: Isn't it a good assessment to consider that the truth is somewhere between two extremes?
Parable of the Sower and Calvinism: Does the "parable of the sower" lend support to Calvinism? [Matthew 13:18-23].

Parable of the Mustard Seed: Is the parable of the mustard seed not what it first appears, but about something bad developing in the church? [Luke 13:18-20, Ezekiel 17:22, Ezekiel 31:6, Daniel 4:1-18, Luke 8:5, Revelation 2:28, Revelation 22:16, Isaiah 14:12].

Ezekiel's Parable of the Women: Caller comments on Ezekiel 16 about the parable of Israel an unfaithful women. [Ezekiel 16].
Creation: Do you think that plants were reproducing before the sun and the moon were created?

Lazarus & the Rich Man: Why do people think that the story of "Lazarus and the Rich Man" is not a real story of real, named, people, and going to hell? [Luke 16].
Watering Down Hell: Do you think that people think that the story of Lazarus & the Rich Man isn't about real people in order to water down the concept of hell?

Jesus Speaking in Parables: Did Jesus ever speak without parables, like in Lazarus & the Rich Man? [Matthew 13:34-35, Luke 16:19-31].

Parable of the Unjust Steward: What are we being taught in the parable of the unjust steward, and his manipulating the funds of his employer after getting fired? [Luke 16].
Women Not Above Men: What does the Bible mean when it talks about women not being above a man? [I Timothy 2].

Steve Gregg & His Leaving Baptist Denomination: What caused you to switch from being a Baptist? And what denomination did you shift to afterward?
Path of Maturing in the Lord: As you grow and mature in your walk with God and knowledge of the Bible, does the path naturally take you to different denominations and fellowships? [Matthew 11:29-30].
Fig Tree Illustration & Meaning in Scripture: What does the story mean about the fig tree that is cursed to never produce fruit again? [Luke 13, Mark 11:12-14].

Penal Substitution, Required Payment, Parable of Unjust Servant: Would you comment on Penal Substitution-the idea of God requiring payment for the forgiving of sins and its relationship to the parable of the unjust servant? Why could He have just not forgiven without requiring payment? [2 Corinthians 5:19, Luke 16:1-13, Titus 1:2, Romans 3:25f].

Parables-Bridegroom, Wineskins, Patches: Could you clarify Jesus' answer as to why the disciples don't fast like the Pharisees do, in the parables about the bridegroom, wineskins, and patches? [Matthew 9:14-17, John 3].
Questions Answered by Email: Do you answer questions by email?

Blot Name Out of the Book of Life: What does it mean regarding the overcomers and the threat - "blot his name out of the book of life"? [Revelation 12:11,13:8, 17:8, John 16:33].
Sowing Seed on the Various Soil Parable: Would you explain the parable about the seed on the different soils?
Cut-off of the Olive Tree: When one is cut-off, after being grafted into the olive tree, does that mean one is longer longer a child? [Romans 11:24].

Secrets Only Given to the Disciples: Why would Jesus only reveal His message of salvation to only a select few? Does He not want all to be saved? [Matthew 13:11f, 23:37, 16:24, 10:28-30, 7:6, Isaiah 6, Luke 13:34, 19:41-44, Mark 4:34, John 6:44, 12:32, Matthew].

Money Management & Doing Favors: I don't fully understand this parable regarding money, particularly verse 9 and the context? [Luke 16:9, Luke 14:33, Acts 4:32, I Timothy 6:9].

The Unjust Steward: Would you explain the parable of the "Unjust Steward"? [Luke 16:1-13].

Speaking in Parables: I am puzzled by Jesus speaking in parables so that people would not understand Him-can you help me? [Mark 4:10-12, 33, Isaiah 6:9-10, Matthew 7:6, 13:11, Luke 8:10].

Parable of the Wedding Feast: Do you think the parable of the wedding feast supports street preaching? [Luke 14:21].

Lazarus: If the story of Lazarus and the rich man is only a parable, then does it follow that only Jesus could have been the one to tell it? [Luke 16:19f].

Jonah: Is the book of Jonah actually historical, or is it a parable or satirical story? [Jonah, 2 Kings 14:25, Matthew 12:40].

Sheep & Goats Parable: Regarding the parable of the sheep and the goats-were the goats Christians? [Matthew 25:44, Matthew 7].
Eternal Security: Can someone lose their salvation?

Wheat & Tares: The parable seems to suggest that the tares will be taken out first, is that correct? [Matthew 13, 24, Proverbs 2]

Usury: What about usury in the Bible? Investing wisely? Parable of the talents [Luke 6:35, Matthew 25:14f]

Parable of the Wedding Feast: How do I apply the parable of the wedding feast? How does one come to God on His terms, rather than on one's own? [Matt 22:13]

Prodigal Son: Is the prodigal son symbolic of "Antinomianism", his brother of "legalism", and the father, a higher form of love? [Luke 15:11-32].

Walking in the Spirit: What does it mean to "walk in the Spirit"?
Ten Virgins Parable: What does the parable of the 10 virgins mean? And the oil?

Parable of the talents: Isn't it good to save money for retirement?

Parable of the Sheep & the Goats: Can you please explain the parable of the sheep & the goats? [Matthew 25:31-46]

Parable of the Banquet: In the parable of the great banquet, there appears to be different groups identified, would you talk about that? [Luke 14].

Binding the Strong Man: What does it mean that Jesus bound the strong man of the house? [Matthew 12:27-29]
The Binding of Satan in Revelation: Discussion about the binding & loosing of Satan in Revelation. [Revelation 20]

Communion: What does it mean to be eating unworthily at Communion? [1 Corinthians 11]
Mustard Seed parable & the Birds: Can you explain the Mustard Seed, especially where the Birds fit it?

Parable of the 4 soils - Thorny soil: Question about the parable of the 4 different kind of soils, specifically the thorny, weedy soil, & pertaining to salvation. [Mark 4:1-20, Matthew 13:18-23, 1 Corinthians 3:15]

Rich Man & Lazarus: Discussion about the Rich man & Lazarus parable. (2 calls in a row of not being able to clarify what the question is)

Sheep & the Goats: I like the song by Keith green called, "the sheep & the goats", but what can you tell me about the sheep & the goats, judging, & so on? [Matthew 25:31-46]

Rich Man & Lazarus Parable: Isn't the story of the Rich Man & Lazarus literal since it has real names in it?
Jonah going to Hell: The Jonah & Whale story, doesn't it say that Jonah's soul went to hell?

Parable of the Sower: Can you please explain the Parable of the Sower, all the seed falling on different kinds of ground, the meaning of them? [Matthew 13, Mark 4, Luke 8]

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant: Who was the debt of the servant that didn't forgive the own who owed him a little bit? [Matthew 18:21-35]

Parables: Weren't the parables generally directed to the people of Israel?

Parable of the Talents: In the Parable of the talents what is the severity of the master about? [Matthew 25:14-30]

10 Virgins Parable Parable of 10 bridesmaids, what does it mean? Jesus told them to go away, that He never knew them, how do I know I'm not one of them?[Matthew 25:1-13, Luke 13]

Parable 3 Servants: In the parable of the 3 servants, the one who didn't collect any interest, what is that referring to, what was the purpose of the story, His point? [Matthew 25:14-30]

Images of God: People thinking God (Jesus) needs to look a certain way.
Parable of the Sower: In the parable of the sower, are they all Christians being talked about?
Tribulation: Is there going to be great tribulation in the last days? (I think Steve forgets to answer it.)

Synergism and Monergism: What is Steve's view on the prodigal son, lost coin, lost sheep with respect to synergism and monergism?

The Third Day: On 'the third day', the wedding feast, [John 2:1]

The Rich Man & Lazarus Parable: So the Parable about the Rich Man & Lazarus is not really talking about Hell but Hades & Death & people's intermediate state? [Luke 16:19-31]

Pilate's Wedding: a callers comments about it possibly being about Pilate's wedding., (i personally couldn't make heads or tails out of it.)

The Parable of the Wedding Garment: Parable about the wedding clothes, what is that all about? [Matthew 22:1014]

10 Virgins Parable: Parable of the bridesmaids & oil in lamps, we don't have a license to sin after we are saved like some seem to think. [Matthew 25]

Parable of the Unjust Steward: Can you explain the Parable of the Unjust Steward? [Luke 16:1-13]

Ten Talents Parable: What does the parable of the talents mean? [Matthew 25:14-30]

The Good Samaritan: I'm going through a program called, "Rooted" w/ my church, & we are currently studying about the Good Samaritan, & they are saying that the person who was left behind was a Jew. Is there any more sources that says that it was?

10 Virgins Parable: Why were there 10 virgins waiting for the bridegroom? [Matthew 25:1-13]

Parable of the Wheat & Tares Is the Parable of the Wheat & the Tares talking about the 2nd coming or 70 AD? Jesus might've been crucified on Thurs, a special sabbath? [Matthew 13:24-43]

Using Rabbinical Literature in Jesus' Time; The rich man & lazarus, rabbinical literature, Jesus used familiar literature for His audience.

Getting Different Rewards in Eternity: Do people get different rewards in Eternity or not? and if that is the case, i have a second question....
Workers In The Vineyard: Workers came in at different times & getting the same wage, what is the meaning? [Matthew 20:1-16]
Dangers of Deathbed Conversions: Steve also explains the dangers of waiting until a "Deathbed experience" happens.

The Rich Man & Lazarus: Is Lazarus & the rich man a real story or parable? At the time of your lectures you said you didn't know if there was related rabbincal stories. Is there a literal lake of fire?

Interpretation of 2 Parables: I'd like your interpretation of Matthew 13:44-46 talking about 2 Parables. [Matthew 13:44:46]

Parables Not Understandable for Some: Why did Jesus speak in parables? Why did He want to make it hard for them to understand? [Mark 4:34]

Parable of the Talents: what does the money represent in the parable of the Talents

Pearl of Great Price Parable: Who sells all that he has, Jesus or us? How do we obtain the Kingdom of God?

501c3's & Churches endorsing Politicians: Pastors not wanting to endorse candidates because of the 501c3 forbids it.
Obama doing a whole bunch of bad stuff on last few days of employment: Does what Obama did in the last few days of his reign parallel to what the unjust steward did in the parable? [Luke 16:1-13]

Biblical Interpretation in Luke: Can you explain that verse to me? [Luke 12:19-20]

Rich Man & Lazarus: Why does the Rich Man go to hell & the other to heaven (Abraham's Bosom)?
Speaking in Tongues: What is your view about speaking in tongues?

Abraham's Bosom: Can you please explain Abraham's Bosom? [Luke 16:18-31]

Unwashen Hands: What did Jesus mean by this? [Matthew 15:15-20, Mark 7:1-23]

Some of Jesus' Listeners not Discerning: Why would Jesus not want some people to see or hear or know what's going on? [Isaiah 6, Matthew 13:13-14]

The Sheep & the Goats & the Brethren: In the judgment parable of the sheep & the goats, who are the brethren? [Matthew 25:31]

The Parable of the 10 Virgins: Is the Parable of the Virgins talking about 70 AD or Jesus' second return? [Matthew 25:1-13]

The Aramaic Bible: Are you familiar with the Aramaic Bible in English?
"And the Bride": In the parable of the 10 bridesmaids, they (the Aramaic Bible) add the phrase, "and the bride", meeting the bridegroom AND the Bride! [Matthew 25:1]
Different Resurrections: What about the different resurrections? The first fruits coming back with Christ, so some of "the bride" is coming with the groom? What about different rewards? Even Paul wasn't sure he'd be resurrected with the righteous. [1 Corinthians 15, Philippians 3:11]

Leaven: What does leaven mean in a parable Jesus gave? [Luke 13:20-21] (same phone call as above, but different caller)

Being Tortured in Hell: Where do we get that idea that demons torture people in Hell?
The Unforgiving Servant Parable: What about the parable about the unforgiving servant sort've being tortured? [Matthew 18:21-35]

Parable of the Talents: Are the people in the parable of the talents saved? [Matthew 25:14-30]

The Parable of the Rich Man & Lazarus: Is the parable about the Rich Man & Lazarus really about the after life? [Luke 16:19-31]

Sheep & Goats: The caller doesn't take this a completely literal, that the sheep & the goats are separated at the regeneration point. [Matthew 25:31-46]

The 10 Virgins Parable: Since the Virgins all "rose" at the same time, isn't that proof that they were all believers? [1 Thessalonians 4:16, Matthew 25:1-13]

The Blind Man: Caller is concerned about the meaning of the application of the "blind" man. Is it a Parable or a real, literal Miracle? [Mark 10:51]

Parable of the Unjust Steward: Caller wants to understand about the Unjust Steward Parable. {Luke 16:8-9]

Parables of Jesus: Are the Parables that Jesus shares a result of true, real stories?
Parable of the 10 Virgins: Can Steve please explain the 10 Virgins Parable & how do we determine if we are the 5 foolish ones or the 5 wise ones?

Outer Darkness: What is the "Outer Darkness" referred to after Jesus get done talking about Talents & the Wedding Feast Parables as opposed to Hell? [Matthew 25]

The Sheep & Goats: People making it to the Kingdom just by default, helping other Christians of human beings in general even though not Christians themselves? [Mathew 25]

The Parables of the Mustard Seed & Unleavened Bread: Caller heard the Parables of the Mustard Seed & the Unleavened Bread are talked about in a negatie connotation. He would like Steve to explain both views of them. [Matthew 13:31-3]

10 Virgins Parable: What does the Oil represent & just a breakdown of the Parable of the 10 Virgins. [Matthew 25:1-13]

"Will be taken from him": What does it mean, he who has least, even that will be taken from him, since he which has much receives even more? [Luke 8:18]

Prodigal Son: When Jesus said the story about the Prodigal Son, this was in a Jewish setting? Luke was writing to the Gentiles? The prodigal son had a broken & contrite heart, so that was why he didn't bring a sacrifice, like what David said in Psalms 51? [Luke 15:11-33, Psalms 51:17]

Sheep & Goats: When do we come a Sheep or a Goat? [Matthew 25:31-46] Wasn't David's son who died at 2 years old a sheep? Are we all sheep & become goats?
People's Level of Importance: Why is the President esteemed so much important than a garbage man?

Parables, Grain of Seed & Leaven: Most people consider these parables w/ a negative connotation, but caller has an issue w/ it because it's talking about the Kingdom of God. [luke 13:18-21]

Parables Meaning Hidden even for Today?: So are these parables that are in the gospels now supposed to be understand by everyone now or only by spiritually discerning people? [Matthew 13:13-14]

Parable about the Vineyard: What's is Steve's take on the parable about the Vineyard, & has he ever heard of God's justice being God's love? Universal Reconciliationists. [Matthew 20]

Kingdom of Heaven & the Wedding Feast: What was the purpose of the Wedding Feast parable & one guy coming w/ out wedding attire? [Matthew 22:1-14]

Parable of the 10 Virgins & Universal Reconciliationism: Doesn't the Parable of the 10 Virgins do away w/ the notion of the possibility of Universal Reconciliationism?

Rich Man & Lazarus: If you are transitioning your belief of Eternal Torment in Hell to Annihilationism, what do you do with the story of the Rich Man & Lazarus? [Luke 16:19-31]

Parable of the Soils We need to implement this, & figure out our spiritual gifts, but what do the rock & seeds mean, growing deeper & deeper in your Christian walk? [Luke 8:4-21]

Parable of the Barren Fig Tree: Can you explain the parable about the Barren Fig Tree, the players the Parable represents? [Luke 13:6-9]

Parable of the Sower: It almost seems like the Devil has power to prevent us from learning about God. Is that true? [Luke 8:12]

Parable of the Wheat & Tares: Is the Parable of the Wheat & Tares talking about End of the World or the end of the Old Jewish Covenant? Who are the Wheat & Tares? [Matthew 13:24-52]

Parables of Jesus: Were the Parables of Jesus true stories?

Parable of the Kingdom & Leaven: What was the point of the parable about the Kingdom of God & the woman & leaven? [Matthew 13:33, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Luke 17:21]

Parable of the Unjust Steward: Can you explain this Parable about the Unjust Steward, but especially explain verse 8? What is the point of the parable? [Luke 16:1-8]

Music (follow-up): Spiritual music should appeal to our spiritual nature & not our fleshly nature, according to the caller.
Rich Man & Lazarus: Jesus wouldn't use a story that would introduce false or deceptive delusion that would cause us major confusion. [Luke 16:19-31]

The Parable of the Tenants: Can you explain the meaning of the Parable about the tenants or the householder's vineyard where they kill the servant & then his son? [Matthew 21:33-46]

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant: What was the purpose of the Parable about the Unforgiven Servant?

The Parable of the Steward: Can you explain the parable about the Steward who was about to be fired? What was the purpose of it? [Luke 16:1-12]

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