SOME PARABLES IN PEREA
Luke xii: 1, to xv: 32.
ESUS went with his disciples through the land of Perea, on
the east of the Jordan, the only part of the Israelite
country that he had not already visited. The people had
heard of Jesus from the seventy disciples whom he had
sent through the land, as we read in Story 134,
and in every place great multitudes of people came to
see him and to hear him. At one time, one man called
out of the crowd, and said to Jesus:
"Master, speak to my brother, and tell him to give me
my share of what our father left us!"
"Man, who made me a judge over you, to settle your
disputes? Let both of you, and all of you, take care
and keep from being covetous, seeking what is not
Then Jesus gave to the people the parable or story of
"The Rich Fool." He said:
"There was a rich farmer whose fields brought great
harvests, until the rich man said to himself:
" 'What shall I do? for I have no place where I can
store up the fruits of my fields. This is what I will
do. I will pull down my barns, and will build larger
ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have goods laid
up enough to last for many years; take your ease, eat,
drink, and be merry." '
"But God said to the rich man, 'Thou foolish one; this
night thou shalt die, and thy soul shall be taken away
from thee. And the things which thou hast laid up;
whose shall they be?' "
And Jesus said, "Such is the man who lays up treasure
for himself, and is not rich toward God."
On one Sabbath-day, Jesus was teaching in a synagogue.
 a woman came in who for eighteen years had been bent
forward, and could not stand up straight. When Jesus
saw her, he called her, and said to her:
"Woman, you are set free from your trouble of body."
He laid his hands upon her; and she stood up straight,
and praised God for his mercy. But the chief man in the
synagogue was not pleased to see Jesus healing on the
Sabbath. He spoke to the people, and said:
"There are six days when men ought to work; in them,
you should come and be healed, and not on the
But Jesus said to him and to the others:
"Does not each one of you on the Sabbath-day loose his
ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to give
him water? And should not this woman, a daughter of
Abraham, who has been
 bound for eighteen years, be set free from her bonds on
And the enemies of Jesus could say nothing; while all
the people were glad at the glorious works which he
At one place Jesus was invited to a dinner. He said to
the one who had invited him:
"When you make a dinner or a supper, do not invite your
friends, or your rich neighbors; for they will invite
you in return. But when you make a feast, invite the
poor, the helpless, the lame and the blind; for they
cannot invite you again; but God will give you a reward
in his own time."
And there went with Jesus great multitudes of people;
and he turned, and said to them:
"If any man comes after me, he must love me more than
he loves his own father, and his mother, and wife and
children, yes, and his own life also; or else he cannot
be my disciple.
"For who of you, wishing to build a tower, does not
first sit down and count the cost, whether he will be
able to finish. For if after he has laid the
foundation, and then leaves it unfinished, every one
who passes by will laugh at him, and say, 'This man
began to build, and was not able to finish.'
 "Or what king going out to meet another king in war,
will not sit down first, and find whether he is able
with ten thousand men to meet the one who comes against
him with twenty thousand? And if he finds that he
cannot meet him, while he is yet a great way off, he
sends his messengers and asks for peace.
"Even so, every one of you must give up all that he
has, if he would be my disciple."
While Jesus was teaching, many of the publicans, those
who took up the taxes from the people, came to hear
him; and many others who were called "sinners" by the
Pharisees and the Scribes. The enemies of Jesus said:
"This man likes to have sinners come to see him, and he
eats with them."
Then Jesus spoke a parable called "The Lost Sheep," to
show why he was willing to talk with sinners. He said:
"What man of you, who has a hundred sheep; if one of
them is lost, does not leave his ninety and nine sheep in the
field, and go after the one that is lost until he finds
it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his
shoulders, glad to see his lost sheep again. And when
he comes home he calls together his friends and
neighbors, and says to them:
" 'Be glad with me; for I have found my sheep that was
"Even so," said Jesus, "there is joy in heaven over one
sinner who has turned to God, more than over ninety and
nine good men, who do not need to turn from their
THE SHEPHERD GOES AFTER THE LOST SHEEP
Jesus gave to the people also the parable of "The Lost
Piece of Money." He said:
"If any woman has ten pieces of silver, and loses one
piece, will she not light a lamp, and sweep her house
carefully until she finds it? And when she has found
it, she calls together her friends and her neighbors,
" 'Be glad with me; for I have found the piece of silver
that I had lost.'
"Even so, there is joy among the angels of God over one
sinner that turns from his sins."
THE LOST PIECE OF SILVER
Then Jesus told another parable, that one called "The
Parable of the Prodigal Son." A prodigal is one who
spends everything that he has, as did the young man in
this parable. Jesus said, "There was once a man who had
two sons. The younger of his sons said to his father:
 " 'Father, give to me the share that will come to me, of
what you own.'
"Then the father divided all that he had between his
two sons; and not many days after the younger son took
his share, and went away into a far country; and there
he wasted it all in wild and wicked living. And when he
had spent all there arose a mighty famine of food in
that country; and he began to be in want.
"And he went to work for one of the men in that land;
and this man sent him into the fields to feed his hogs.
And the young man was so hungry that he would have
filled himself with the husks that were fed to the
hogs; and no one gave anything to him. At last the
young man began to think of his father's house; and he
said to himself:
 " 'How many hired servants of my father's have bread
enough and to spare, while I am dying here with hunger!
I will arise, and will go to my father, and will say to
him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your
sight. I am no more worthy to be called your son; let
me be one of your hired servants." '
"And he rose up, to go back to his father's house. But
while he was yet afar off, his father saw him, and ran,
and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said
" 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your
sight. I am no more worthy to be called your sonó'
"But before he could say any more, his father called to
the servants, and said:
" 'Bring out quickly the best robe, and put it on him;
and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and
bring the fatted calf, and kill it, and let us eat and
make merry; for this my son was dead and is alive
again; he was lost and is found.' Now his elder son was
in the field; and as he came and drew nigh to the
house, he heard music and dancing. And he called to him
one of the servants, and asked what these things might
be. And the servant said to him:
" 'Your brother has come; and your father has killed the
fatted calf, and is having a feast, because he is at
home safe and sound.'
"But the elder brother was angry, and would not go in;
and his father came out and urged him. But he answered
his father, and said:
" 'I have served you for these many years; and I have
never disobeyed your commands; and yet you never gave
me even a kid, that I might make merry with my friends.
But when this your son has come, who has wasted your
living with wicked people, you killed for him the
"And the father said to him:
" 'My son, you are always with me, and all that I have
is yours. But it was fitting that we should make merry
and be glad; for this your brother was dead, and is
alive again; he was lost and is found.' "
By these parables Jesus showed that he came not to seek
those who thought themselves so good that they did not
need him; but those who were the sinful and the needy.
THE FATHER FELL ON HIS SON'S NECK