Many times Jesus taught truths about God and His Kingdom by telling parables. Parables are stories with a moral. I selected this background with the picture of the woman "Painting the Dawn" because it reminds me that Jesus was painting us a picture with stories about the Dawn of the New Kingdom that He was going to prepare for us.
I think the study of these parables are important because they were the last stories that Jesus told before He died. During the last week of Jesus' life He went to the Temple in Jerusalem and told several Parables. From studying the Gospels it appears that these parables were told on Tuesday. Jesus was arrested on Thursday evening at the Garden of Gethsemane after He ate the Last Supper with His disciples. Jesus was crucified on Friday, and was resurrected on Sunday.
On the way to the Temple the Disciples noticed that the fig tree that Jesus had cursed the day before was withered to the ground. Jesus replied that if they had faith and believed they could even tell a mountain to go throw itself in to the sea and it would be done. CLICK HERE TO READ.
In Matthew 21: 23-27 we read that Jesus went to the Temple and the Chief Priests questioned His authority to do the things that He was doing. Jesus said that He would answer them if they would answer just one question.
Jesus’ Authority Questioned
23 "Now when He came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people confronted Him as He was teaching, and said, “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?”
24 But Jesus answered and said to them, “I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things: 25 The baptism of John—where was it from? From heaven or from men?”
And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘From men,’ we fear the multitude, for all count John as a prophet.” 27 So they answered Jesus and said, “We do not know.”
And He said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things."
Then Jesus started telling them parables.
Parable of the Two sons.
Parable of "The Talents"
Parable of "The Wedding Banquet"
The Pharisees: "Is It Lawful to Pay Taxes to Caesar?"
The Sadducees: "What About the Resurrection?"
The Scribes: "Which Is the First Commandment of All?"
"Whose Son is the Christ".
To the crowd and disciples Jesus told "The Seven Woes".
Jesus left the Temple and went with His disciples.
Jesus Predicts the Destruction of the Temple and told them the "Signs of the End of Age".
"The Great Tribulation".
"The Coming of the Son of Man."
"The Parable of the Fig Tree".
"The Day and Hour is Unknown."
"The Faithful Servant and the Evil Servant."
Parable of the "Ten Virgins".
Parable of the "Talents".
"The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations".
Parable of the "Sheep and Goats".
The Plot to Kill Jesus
1 "Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He said to His disciples, 2 “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”
3 Then the chief priests, the scribes,[e] and the elders of the people assembled at the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, 4 and plotted to take Jesus by trickery and kill Him. 5 But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.”
List of Jesus' Parables by Turn Back to God.com