Parables in Thomas inspects fourteen specific parables of Christ from the Gnostic “Gospel According to Saint Thomas” by comparing each allegory with the canonized King James Version. Are we faithful servants or wicked husbandmen? This relaxed sermon teaches His parables in reverse order of importance to expand upon Yahshua’s metaphorical teachings from the perspective of doubting Thomas.
Parable of the Treasure is only found in Matthew 13:44 and Thomas (saying 109) so this sermon proves the “hidden treasure” spoken about in this allegory are obedient Israelites comprising Christ’s Body. Also examined in this relaxed lecture are damning Gospel proverbs like “Wherever your treasure is there the desires of your heart will also be” and “the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth more evil.”
Parable of the Leaven looks at one of the shorter allegories of Christ as found in Matthew, Luke and Thomas (saying 96). This sermon proves that both women and leaven can be used metaphorically in scripture as righteous OR wicked thus Yahshua’s parable on the Kingdom can be applied on numerous levels. Verification is supplied from the Gospel of Mark and Paul’s epistles to the Corinthians and Galatians.
Drawing the Dragnet is a sermon based on a lesser-known parable of Christ found only in Matthew 13:47-52 and the Gospel of Thomas (saying 8). This aquatic allegory is similar to “the tares and wheat” as the bad fish are grilled eternally! What do “fishers of men” do? Why would Yahshua teach moral tales in ordinary terms? This lecture also visits Ezekiel 47:9 and Jeremiah 16:16 to fully clarify this story.
The Faithful Servant analyzes Yahshua’s “Parable of the Door Keeper” from all three canonical Gospels where it appears in addition to the Gospel of Thomas (saying 103). Christ clearly teaches His faithful will be watching and prepared for His return even knowing no man knows the exact moment of His homecoming. This sermon expands upon other allegories taught by our Messiah and covered by CPM this year.
Parable of the Sheep proves the similarities of Matthew and Luke’s rendering of Yahshua’s parable to Thomas’ version in saying 107. Why did the “Good Shepherd” come only for the “lost sheep” of the house of Israel? Scripture clearly equates Yahweh’s chosen people to gullible lambs making this allegorical teaching of Christ essential for those who claim to be faithful yet withhold repentance from their brethren.
The Rich Fool examines Christ’s parable from Luke 12:16-21 and the 63rd statement of Thomas’ Gospel in order to stress the importance of “being rich towards Yahweh” and avoid stockpiling useless goods. What’s the meaning of life? Why are we bought by God? Yahshua warns His faithful sheep against greed and hypocrisy thus this sermon explains these dangers for both religious and godless Israelites.
The Great Banquet examines the parable of Christ from the Gospel of Thomas (saying 64) and both Matthew 22:1-14 and Luke 14:15-24 to clarify why gentiles were “grafted” into the Covenant. Yahshua taught this allegory against Pharisees who desired His death thus this narrative has the distinction of becoming a personal rebuke! Also discussed is Isaiah 25:6 and the latter marriage supper of the Lamb.
The Wicked Husbandmen looks at Yahshua’s parable from three different books before comparing the canonized accounts to the version in Thomas’ Gospel. Christ gives this riddle to explain the murderous history of the Israelite people and to foretell His own death a matter of days afterward. Yahweh’s “vineyard” (the Israelites) usually fail due to the lying pastors we erect above us thus this sermon explains.
Parable of the Pearl examines Yahshua’s story from the Gospel of Thomas (saying 76) and compares the account to Matthew 13:45-46 to establish wisdom should be most desired in life. Christ equates the Kingdom of God to a merchant that sold all he possessed to obtain a single “pearl of great price.” This sermon attempts to explain thus Job 28:18 and the virtuous woman from Proverbs are also covered.