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Parable Means

Eagle in flightEzekiel, like the prophet Nathan, tells a lovely story with a hidden meaning in Ezekiel 17.3-4 saying, "A great eagle with powerful wings, long feathers and full plumage of varied colors came to Lebanon. Taking hold of the top of a cedar, he broke off its topmost shoot and carried it away to a land of merchants, where he planted it in a city of traders." You can sense with the audience the excitement building as the tale unfolds. Then the prophet adds in Ezekiel 17.11-12, "Then the word of the Lord came to me: "Say to this rebellious people, 'Do you not know what these things mean?' Say to 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 raised ranch style homes better.✞

Nathan's Parable

Perhaps the most moving of all 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." The scene is set with a story. What does the parable mean?✞

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

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