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Parable Means

Eagle in flightEzekiel, like the prophet Nathan, tells a lovely story with a hidden meaning in Ezekiel 17 saying, "There was a giant eagle with beautiful feathers and huge wings spread wide. He flew to the Lebanon Mountains and broke off the top of a cedar tree, which he carried to a land of commerce and placed in a city of merchants." You can sense with the audience the excitement building as the tale unfolds. Then the prophet adds, "The Lord said to me, Ask these rebels if they know what the parable means. Tell them" and so the message is shared. Eagles and cedar trees may not be quite as familiar to today's audiences but they might appreciate Toyota cars and a raised ranch style home better.✞

Nathan's Parable

Perhaps the most moving of parables was told by the prophet Nathan to David in 2 Samuel 12.1-3. "There were two men who lived in the same town; one was rich and the other poor. The rich man had many cattle and sheep, while the poor man had only one lamb, which he had bought. He took care of it, and it grew up in his home with his children. He would feed it some of his own food, let it drink from his cup, and hold it in his lap. The lamb was like a daughter to him."

"Prophet Nathan Confronts"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2018

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