Parables in the Old Testament
There were many parables spoken in ancient times and
especially in the Bible. The Hebrew word "mashal" referred
to a comparison of a familiar earthly thing with a heavenly
or spiritual truth that was to be understood.
Parables pointed to the fact that man is made in the image
of God, he is of the earth but also of the divine. The power
of a parable lies in its ability to use a simple every day
experience to help the hearer to understand a truth set
forth about the kingdom of God. Parables help man to
perceive the difference between the kingdom of God and the
kingdom of man. The parable leads the listener to a choice,
to choose this day whom to serve.