The Laggard, The Lapper
Broadcast on every television in every land, the race would crown the fastest miler in the world.
The contestants lined up on the track.
The stadium roared.
The starting pistol fired, and instantly the racers leapt into motion.
But then, in all the homes, pubs, and sports bars across the globe, the images and sounds of the race winked out -- and roars of frustration bellowed from those places that day, mingled with a faint announcer's voice, "Due to a technical difficulty..."
For agonizing minutes, none except those in attendance at the very event knew what was happening in the race.
Then the satellite image was restored, still without audio.
Back to the world's eyes appeared the silent vista of a tight pack of runners -- with one lone runner loping far, far behind.
As the camera zoomed in on the laggard, laughter filled the homes, pubs and sports bars -- with yells of, "How did that pathetic runner get in this race?!"
The crowds jeered even more as the laggard fell further and further behind the pack of world-class runners straining for dominance -- and jeered most of all when the laggard simply threw up his hands, stopped and walked off the track, instead of following the others into their final lap.
Only at that moment did the audio come back on.
And only when they heard the laggard runner sob and wave to an insanely cheering crowd, did the now hushed peoples of the world understand.
The "laggard" had nearly lapped all the others.
Thus, running behind others means you are much slower -- or much faster.
from The Parables of Reason © 2007-2014, by Frank H. Burton.
Jesus had a simple day to day life, either talking and telling his followers stories in parable form.
parable of the sower
A modern day dictionary would tell us that a parable is a short allegorical story designed to teach a moral principal, but the first-century Greek translation defines a parable as an illustration, a comparison, or an analogy, most likely in the form of a story, using every day events to teach a moral or spiritual truth.An allegory is a story that contains many metaphors. Every part of an allegory must be noted, for allegories are not known to contain fill-in material.
The first laborers insisted upon a denarius for the day and no contract was made with the rest of the laborers - the chief point of the parable.
the parable of the mustard seed, the parable of the good seed, the parable of the leaven bread, the parable of the wheat and tares, ect.
A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. Some examples can be found in Matthew chapter 13. These parables include: The parable of the sower, The parable of the weeds, The parable of the mustard seed, The parable of the hidden treasure and the pearl, and The parable of the net.
Parable of the Prodigal Son Parable of the 10 virgins Parable of the lost coin Parable of the lost sheep Parable of the vineyard
Egypt (modern day Egypt), Judah (modern day Israeltine (Israel and Palestine)), Kizzuwatna (near the Gulf of İskenderun in modern day Turkey), Syria (modern day Syria), Uartu (modern day Armenia), Cilicia (modern day Çukurova), Zamua (modern day Sulaimania Governate of Iraq), Elam (modern day Southwest Iran), Bazu or Bamileke (modern day Cameroon), Kush (modern day Sudan), Mittani (modern day Northern Syria), Media (modern day Northwestern portions of Iran) Babylon (modern day Southern Iraq), Phoenicia (modern day Lebanon), Philistia (modern day coastal region that stretches roughly from Gaza in the South to Ashdod in the North of Israeltine), Samaria (modern day correspondence to the North of the West Bank (Israeltine)), Mannea ( a territory in modern day Iran), and Persia (the rest of modern day Iran).
The parable of the seeds and the sower
a modern day is just a regular day in life
a parable is a short story with a message