Nehemiah, Parable 9, Main Points

The main points of the hidden parable below are the enlarged verses. By reading just the main points a reader can get a good feel for the parable...how it has been put together and its “energy”. Read below!

Nehemiah Parable 8


PR
45 The gatekeepers: the sons of Shallum, the sons of Ater, the sons of Talmon, the sons of Akkub, the sons of Hatita, the sons of Shobai, 138. 46 The temple servants: the sons of Ziha, the sons of Hasupha,
the sons of Tabbaoth, 47 the sons of Keros, the sons of Sia, the sons of Padon, 48 the sons of Lebana, the sons of Hagaba, the sons of Shalmai, 49 the sons of Hanan, the sons of Giddel, the sons of Gahar, 50 the sons of Reaiah, the sons of Rezin,
the sons of Nekoda, 51 the sons of Gazzam, the sons of Uzza, the sons of Paseah, 52 the sons of Besai,
the sons of Meunim, the sons of Nephushesim, 53 the sons of Bakbuk, the sons of Hakupha, the sons of Harhur,
54 the sons of Bazlith, the sons of Mehida, the sons of Harsha,

BG
55 the sons of Barkos, the sons of Sisera,
the sons of Temah, 56 the sons of Neziah, the sons of Hatipha. 57 The sons of Solomon’s servants: the sons of Sotai, the sons of Sophereth,
the sons of Perida, 58 the sons of Jaala, the sons of Darkon,
the sons of Giddel, 59 the sons of Shephatiah, the sons of Hattil, the sons of Pochereth-hazzebaim, the sons of Amon.
60 All the temple servants and the sons of Solomon’s servants were 392.

CP
61 These were they who came up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addon and Immer; but they could not show their fathers’ houses or their descendants, whether they were of Israel: 62 the sons of Delaiah, the sons of Tobiah, the sons of Nekoda, 642.63 Of the priests: the sons of Hobaiah, the sons of Hakkoz, the sons of Barzillai, who took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai, the Gileadite, and was named after them. 64 These searched among their ancestral registration, but it could not be located; therefore they were considered unclean and excluded from the priesthood. 65 The governor said to them that they should not eat from the most holy things until a priest arose with Urim and Thummim.
66 The whole assembly together was 42,360, 67 besides their male and their female servants, of whom there were 7,337; and they had 245 male and female singers.
68 Their horses were 736; their mules, 245; 69 their camels, 435;
their donkeys, 6,720. 70 Some from among the heads of fathers’ households gave to the work.
The governor gave to the treasury 1,000 gold drachmas, 50 basins, 530 priests’ garments.

WT
71 Some of the heads of fathers’ households gave into the treasury of the work 20,000 gold drachmas and 2,200 silver minas.
72 That which the rest of the people gave was 20,000 gold drachmas and 2,000 silver minas and 67 priests’ garments. 73 Now the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, some of the people, the temple servants and all Israel, lived in their cities. And when the seventh month came, the sons of Israel were in their cities.
And all the people gathered as one man at the square which was in front of the Water Gate, and they asked Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses which the Lord had given to Israel.
2 Then Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly of men, women and all who could listen with understanding, on the first day of the seventh month.
3 He read from it before the square which was in front of the Water Gate

SF
from early morning until midday, in the presence of men and women, those who could understand;
and all the people were attentive to the book of the law.
4 Ezra the scribe stood at a wooden podium which they had made for the purpose.
And beside him stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on his right hand; and Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah,
Zechariah and Meshullam on his left hand. 5 Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up.
6 Then Ezra blessed the Lord the great God. And all the people answered, “Amen, Amen!” while lifting up their hands; then they bowed low and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.

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The Book of Ezra

Ezra was a significant scribe of the Hebrew Scriptures. It’s important to note that the Book of Ezra has been written using the parable blueprint.

For more insight into these parables, go back to the parables page to learn more tips. However, one point that I will repeat here is that the wisdom/truth of the Step Further section, wtSF, of any parable gives insight into the following parable and has a corresponding relationship with the following parable’s critical point, cpCP. See the enlarged verses below as you read Ezra Parable 2 and Ezra Parable 3.


Zerubabbel
Illustration of Zerubabbel from Ezra Parable 3.

Ezra Parable 2


PR
10 the sons of Bani, 642;
11 the sons of Bebai, 623; 12 the sons of
Azgad, 1,222;
13 the sons of Adonikam, 666;
14 the sons of Bigvai, 2,056;
15 the sons of Adin, 454;
16 the sons of Ater of Hezekiah, 98;

BG
17 the sons of Bezai, 323; 18 the sons of Jorah, 112; 19 the sons of Hashum, 223;
20 the sons of Gibbar, 95; 21 the men of Bethlehem, 123;
22 the men of Netophah, 56;
23 the men of Anathoth, 128; 24 the sons of Azmaveth, 42;
25 the sons of Kiriath-arim, Chephirah and Beeroth, 7
43; 26 the sons of Ramah and Geba, 621;

CP
27 the men of Michmas, 122; 28 the men of Bethel and Ai, 223;
29 the sons of Nebo, 52; 30 the sons of Magbish, 156;
31 the sons of the other Elam, 1,254; 32 the sons of Harim, 320;
33 the sons of Lod, Hadid and Ono, 725;
34 the men of Jericho, 345; 35 the sons of Senaah, 3,630.

WT
36 The priests: the sons of Jedaiah of the house of Jeshua, 973;
37 the sons of
Immer, 1,052; 38 the sons of Pashhur, 1,247; 39 the sons of Harim, 1,017. 40 The Levites:
the sons of Jeshua and Kadmiel, of the
sons of Hodaviah, 74.
41 The singers: the sons of Asaph, 128. 42 The sons of the gatekeepers: the sons of Shallum, the sons of Ater, the sons of Talmon, the sons of Akkub,
the sons of Hatita, the sons of Shobai, in all 139.

SF
43 The temple servants: the sons of Ziha, the sons of Hasupha,
the sons of Tabbaoth, 44 the sons of Keros, the sons of Siaha, the sons of Padon, 45 the sons of Lebanah, the sons of Hagabah, the sons of Akkub,
46 the sons of Hagab, the sons of Shalmai, the sons of Hanan,
47 the sons of Giddel, the sons of Gahar, the sons of Reaiah, 48 the sons of Rezin, the sons of Nekoda,
the sons of Gazzam, 49 the sons of Uzza, the sons of Paseah, the sons of Besai, 50 the sons of Asnah,




Ezra Parable 3


PR
the sons of Meunim, the sons of Nephisim, 51 the sons of Bakbuk, the sons of Hakupha,
the sons of Harhur, 52 the sons of Bazluth, the sons of Mehida, the sons of Harsha, 53 the sons of Barkos, the sons of Sisera,
the sons of Temah, 54 the sons of Neziah, the sons of Hatipha.
55 The sons of
Solomon’s servants: the sons of Sotai, the sons of Hassophereth, the sons of Peruda, 56 the sons of Jaalah, the sons of Darkon, the sons of Giddel,
57 the sons of Shephatiah, the sons of Hattil,the sons of Pochereth-hazzebaim, the sons of Ami.

BG
58 All the temple servants and the sons of Solomon’s servants were 392.
59 Now these are those who
came up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addan and Immer, but they were not able to give evidence of their fathers’ households and their descendants, whether they were of Israel: 60 the sons of Delaiah, the sons of Tobiah, the sons of Nekoda, 652. 61 Of the sons of the priests: the sons of Habaiah, the sons of Hakkoz, the sons of Barzillai, who took a wife from the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and he was called by their name. 62 These searched among their ancestral registration, but they could not be located; therefore they were considered unclean and excluded from the priesthood. 63 The governor said to them that they should not eat from the most holy things until a priest stood up with Urim and Thummim.
64 The whole assembly numbered 42,360, 65 besides their male and female servants who numbered 7,337;
and they had 200 singing men and women. 66 Their horses were 736; their mules, 245; 67 their camels, 435;
their donkeys, 6,720.

CP
68 Some of the heads of fathers’ households, when they arrived at the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem, offered willingly for the house of God to restore it on its foundation.
69 According to their ability they gave to the treasury for the work 61,000 gold drachmas and 5,000 silver minas and 100 priestly garments.
70 Now the priests and the Levites, some of the people, the singers, the gatekeepers and the temple servants lived in their cities, and all Israel in their cities.
3 Now when the seventh month came, and the sons of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered together as one man to Jerusalem.
2 Then Jeshua the son of
Jozadak and his brothers the priests,

WT
and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and his brothers arose and built the altar of the God of Israel to offer burnt offerings on it, as it is written in the law of Moses, the man of God. 3 So they set up the altar on its foundation, for they were terrified because of the peoples of the lands; and they offered burnt offerings on it to the Lord, burnt offerings
morning and evening.
4 They celebrated the Feast of Booths, as it is written, and offered the fixed number of burnt offerings daily, according to the ordinance, as each day required;
5 and afterward there was a continual burnt offering, also for the new moons and for all the fixed festivals of the Lord that were consecrated, and from everyone who offered a freewill offering to the Lord.

SF
6 From the first day of the seventh month they began to offer burnt offerings to the Lord, but the foundation of the temple of the Lord had not been laid.
7 Then they gave money to the masons and carpenters, and food, drink and oil to the Sidonians and to the Tyrians, to bring cedar wood from Lebanon to the sea at Joppa, according to the permission they had from Cyrus king of Persia.
8 Now in the second year of their coming to the house of God at Jerusalem in the second month, Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak and the rest of their brothers the priests and the Levites,
and all who came from the captivity to Jerusalem, began
the work and appointed the Levites from twenty years and older to oversee the work of the house of the Lord.

Job Parable 1

The prPR, bgBG, cpCP, wtWT, sfSF are what I call the main points of the parable. They are the bolded and enlarged verses below.


Job Parable 1


PR
1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil.
2 Seven sons and three daughters were born to him.
3 His possessions also were
7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and very many servants; and that man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
4 His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day,

BG
and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them.
5 When the days of feasting had completed their cycle, Job would send and consecrate them, rising up early in the morning and offering burnt offerings according to the number of them all; for Job said, “Perhaps my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.
6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them.
7 The Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Then Satan answered the Lord
and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.”

CP
8 The Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant
Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.”
9 Then Satan answered the Lord, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But put forth Your hand now
and touch all that he has;
he will surely curse You to Your face.”

WT
12 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power,
only do not put forth your hand on him.” So Satan departed from the presence of the Lord. 13 Now on the day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 14 a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, 15 and the Sabeans attacked and took them. They also slew the servants with the edge of the sword,
and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
16 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
17 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three bands and made a raid on the camels and took them and slew the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”

SF
18 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 19 and behold,
a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people and they died, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped.
21 He said,“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked I shall
return there.
The Lord gave

The Transfiguration

Take a look at how the writers of Matthew, Mark and Luke’s Gospels have used the transfiguration in their parables. This can be done first by reading each parable as a whole, keeping in mind the role that each section plays. (See more about this on The Parables page.)

In Matthew, the transfiguration falls in the PR, BG, CP and WT sections of one parable. In Mark it is in the CP, WT and SF sections. Luke’s gospel has it in two parables, in the SF of one parable and the PR and BG of the following parable.

Also, throughout the biblical texts the wtSF of the previous parable has a comparative connection with the following parable’s cpCP. Since the wtSF lets the hearer know what the next parable is going to be about, the previous parable is posted here as well.

[There are more relationships within the parable blueprint that give more insight into the texts, some are covered on the parables page of this website, others are covered in the books.]

A. Matthew

Jesus is speaking in the wtSF of Matthew Parable 31: “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it.” The cpCP of Matthew Parable 32 is: “While he [Peter] was still speaking a bright cloud overshadowed them.”

Peter and the disciples take the advice that came from the cloud and listen to Jesus as Jesus explains about Elijah and John the Baptist. The wtWT, the wisdom of the parable, is that they understood Jesus.

Then the parable is taken a step further preparing the reader for the next parable, with the story about the father asking Jesus to heal his son, since the other disciples who had not gone up the mountain were unable to cure him. The next parable, not shown here, Matthew Parable 33, is going to be about: “I brought him to your disciples.”


Matthew Parable 31

PR
11 How is it that you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread?
But beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
12 Then they understood
that He did not say to beware of the leaven of bread,
but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

BG
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who
do people say that the Son of Man is?”
14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah;
but still others, Jeremiah,
or one of the prophets.”

CP
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona,
because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”

WT
20 Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.
21 From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed,
and be raised up on the third day. 22 Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord!
This shall never happen to You.” 23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me,
Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”

SF
24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me,
he must deny himself, and take up his cross
and follow Me.
25 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it;
but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.



Matthew Parable 32

PR
26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?
Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels,
and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS.
28 “Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”
Matthew 17 1 Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves.

BG
2 And He was transfigured before them;
and His face shone like the sun,
and His garments became as white
as light.
3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.

CP
4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You,
and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them,
and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased;
listen to Him!”

WT
6 When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground and were terrified. 7 And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, “Get up, and do not be afraid.”
8 And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone. 9 As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.” 10 And His disciples asked Him, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” 11 And He answered and said, “Elijah is coming and will restore all things;
12 but I say to you that Elijah already came, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wished. So also the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.”
13 Then the disciples understood that He had spoken to them about John the Baptist.
14 When they came to the crowd, a man came up to Jesus,

SF
falling on his knees before Him and saying, 15 “Lord,
have mercy on my son, for he is a lunatic and is very ill for he often falls into the fire
and often into the water.
16 I brought him to Your disciples,
and they could not cure him.”


B. Mark:


The wtSF of Mark Parable 14 “and he began to see everything clearly. And he sent him home saying, do not even enter the village.” has a direct correlation with the cpCP of Mark Parable 15: “Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and brought them up on a high mountain by themselves.

The comparison: Both the formerly blind man and Jesus with the three disciples are removing themselves from people. We can also see that Mark Parable 15 is going to be about “seeing clearly.”

Indeed Parable 15 is about “seeing clearly” such as Peter saying “You are the Christ” and the disciples seeing Jesus being transfigured before them.



Mark Parable 14


PR
9About four thousand were there; and He sent them away.
10And immediately He entered the boat with His disciples and came to the district of Dalmanutha. 11The Pharisees came out and began to argue with Him, seeking from Him a sign from heaven, to test Him.
12 Sighing deeply in His spirit, He said, "Why does this generation seek for a sign?
Truly I say to you,
no sign will be given to this generation."

BG
13Leaving them, He again embarked and went away to the other side. 14And they had forgotten to take bread,
and did not have more than one loaf in the boat with them. 15And He was giving orders to them, saying, "Watch out!
Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees
and the leaven of Herod."
16They began to
discuss with one another the fact that they had no bread.

CP
17And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet see
or understand? Do you have a hardened heart?
18"HAVING EYES,
DO YOU NOT SEE? AND HAVING EARS,
DO YOU NOT HEAR?

WT
And do you not remember, 
19when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces you picked up?" They said to Him, "Twelve."
20"When I broke the seven for the four thousand, how many large baskets full of broken pieces did you pick up?"
And they said to Him, "Seven."
21And He was saying to them, "Do you not yet understand?"

SF
22And they came to Bethsaida. And they brought a blind man to Jesus and implored Him to touch him. 23Taking the blind man by the hand, He brought him out of the village;
and after spitting on his eyes and laying His hands on him, He asked him, "Do you see anything?" 24And he looked up and said, "I see men, for I see them like trees, walking around."
25Then again He laid His hands on his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored,
and began to see everything clearly. 26And He sent him to his home, saying, "Do not even enter the village."
27 Jesus went out, along with His disciples, to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way He questioned His disciples, saying to them, "Who do people say that I am?"



Mark Parable 15


PR
28 They told Him, saying, "John the Baptist; and others say Elijah;
but others, one of the prophets."29And He continued by questioning them, "But who do you say that I am?"
Peter answered and said to Him, "You are the Christ."
30And He warned them to tell no one about Him.
31
And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.

BG
32And He was stating the matter plainly.
And Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.
33But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God's interests, but man's."
34And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 35"For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it.
36"For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?

CP
37"For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
38"For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels." Mark 9 1And Jesus was saying to them, "Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power."
2 Six days later, Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John, and brought them up on a high mountain by themselves.
And He was transfigured before them; 3 and His garments became radiant and exceedingly white, as no launderer on earth can whiten them.
4Elijah appeared to them along with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus.

WT
5Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here;
let us make three tabernacles,
one for You,
and one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
6For he did not know what to answer; for they became terrified.

SF
7Then a cloud formed, overshadowing them,
and a voice came out of the cloud, "This is My beloved Son, listen to Him! 8All at once they looked around and saw no one with them anymore, except Jesus alone.
9As they were coming down from the mountain, He gave them orders not to relate to anyone what they had seen, until the Son of Man rose from the dead.
10They seized upon that statement, discussing with one another what rising from the dead meant.
11They asked Him, saying, "Why is it that the scribes say that Elijah must
come first?"



C. Luke:


The wtSF of Luke Parable 19 is “But the crowds were aware of this.” Luke Parable 20’s cpCP is: “They answered and said, “John the Baptist, and others say Elijah;”

Luke Parable 20 is going to be about being aware.




Luke Parable 19

PR
51 When He came to the house, He did not allow anyone to enter with Him,
except Peter and John and James, and the girl’s father and mother. 52 Now they were all weeping and lamenting for her;
but He said, “Stop weeping,
for she has not died, but is asleep.”
53 And they began laughing at Him, knowing that she had died.

BG
54 He, however, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Child,
arise!” 55 And her spirit returned, and she got up immediately;
and He gave orders for something to be given her to eat. 56 Her parents were amazed; but He instructed them to tell no one what had happened.
Luke 9 1 And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases. 2 And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing.
3 And He said to them, “Take
nothing for your journey,

CP
neither a staff,
nor a bag,
nor bread,
nor money;
and do not even have two tunics apiece.

WT
4 Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that city.
5 And as for those who do not receive you, as you go out from that city, shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” 6 Departing, they began going throughout the villages,
preaching the gospel
and healing everywhere.
7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was happening;

SF
and he was greatly perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead,
8 and by some that Elijah had appeared,
and by others that one of the prophets of old had risen again.
9 Herod said, “I myself had John beheaded; but who is this man about whom I hear such things?” And he kept trying to see Him. 10 When the apostles returned, they gave an account to Him of all that they had done.
Taking them with Him, He withdrew by Himself to a city called Bethsaida.11 But the crowds were aware of this and followed Him; and welcoming them, He began speaking to them about the kingdom of God and curing those who had need of healing.





Luke Parable 20

PR
12 Now the day was ending, and the twelve came and said to Him, “Send the crowd away, that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging and get something to eat;
for here we are in a desolate place.” 13 But He said to them, “You give them something to eat!”
And they said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish,
unless perhaps we go and buy food for all these people.” 14 (For there were about five thousand men.) And He said to His disciples, “Have them sit down to eat
in groups of about fifty each.”

BG
15 They did so, and had them all sit down.
16 Then He took the five loaves and the two fish,
and looking up to heaven, He blessed them,
and broke them, and kept giving them to the disciples to set before the people.
17 And they all ate and were satisfied;

CP
and the broken pieces which they had left over were picked up,
twelve baskets full.
18 And it happened that while He was praying alone, the disciples were with Him, and He questioned them, saying, “Who do the people say that I am?” 19 They answered and said, “John the Baptist, and others say Elijah;
but others, that one of the prophets of old has risen again.”
20 And He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

WT
And Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.”
21 But He warned them and instructed them not to tell this to anyone, 22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised up on the third day.” 23 And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
24 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,

but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.
25 For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?

SF
26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and
the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
27 But I say to you truthfully, there are some of those standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God. 28 Some eight days after these sayings, He took along Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And while He was praying, the appearance of His face became different,
and His clothing became white and gleaming.
30 And behold, two men were talking with Him; and they were Moses and Elijah, 31 who, appearing in glory, were speaking of His departure which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.
32 Now Peter and his companions had been overcome with sleep;


The wtSF of Luke Parable 20 is “And behold, two men were talking with Him; and they were Moses and Elijah, who appearing in glory, were speaking of His departure which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.” Luke Parable 21’s cpCP is : “I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.”

Luke Parable 21 is going to be about Jesus’ departure and his disciples not being quite ready for Jesus’ departure.


Luke Parable 21

PR
but when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men standing with Him.
33 And as these were leaving Him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tabernacles: one
for You,
and one for Moses,
and one for Elijah”

BG
—not realizing what he was saying.
34 While he was saying this, a cloud formed and began to overshadow them;
and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.
35 Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, My Chosen One;
listen to Him!” 36 And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent, and reported to no one in those days any of the things which they had seen.

CP
37 On the next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met Him. 38 And a man from the crowd shouted, saying, “Teacher, I beg You to look at my son, for he is my only boy, 39 and a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly screams, and it throws him into a convulsion with foaming at the mouth;
and only with difficulty does it leave him, mauling him as it leaves.
40 I begged Your disciples to cast it out, and they could not.”
41 And Jesus answered and said, “You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you and put up with you?
42 While he was still approaching, the demon slammed him to the ground and threw him into a convulsion.

WT
But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy
and gave him back to his father.
43 And they were all
amazed at the greatness of God.
But while everyone was marveling at all that He was doing, He said to His disciples, 44 “Let these words sink into your ears; for the Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men.”
45 But they did not understand this statement,

SF
and it was concealed from them so that they would not perceive it;
and they were afraid to ask Him about this statement. 46 An argument started among them as to which of them might be the greatest. 47 But Jesus, knowing what they were thinking in their heart, took a child and stood him by His side, 48 and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me,
and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me;
for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great.”
49 John answered and said, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name; and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow along with us.”


Scripture used with permission.
Lockman Foundation.