Friday, November 6, 2015

Parables by John MacArthur

I am a huge fan of the parables Jesus told.  They taught us things using analogies that were easy to understand in that time, but might to hard to understand now.  Some things are different such as our words, jargon, and generally how the world is viewed.  In John Macarthur's book "Parables,"  he takes a deeper look into the parables and their meanings.  He looks at what the time period was all about and what people did and why it was so important.

Jesus used the parables to give His followers and understanding of faith and what it means to follow Him.  John MacArthur does a good job at breaking each parable down and addressing each aspect individually.    He uses historical and cultural facts to provide readers with the materials we need to understand and grow closer to God.  He provides readers with ways to appropriately interpret Jesus parables.   Something I enjoyed was that MacArthur pulls in other scripture,  showing even these teachings run deeper than we originally thought.

There were times when it felt like the book dragged on.  While he gives us a lot of information,  sometimes it feels like information overload.  I know some people have read this book quickly.   I suggest taking it slow and actually study the teachings John MacArthur provides along with the Bible. 

I completely enjoyed this book and learned a lot.  I think others would enjoy this as well.  If you are looking for ways to understand Jesus' s teachings,  then this book is the one you need to invest in.  I give this book a 3 out of 5 because there is so much information.  At times it was too much and actually made things a little harder to understand.

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