Week 7: Parables as Reversals
Jesus taught in Parables and that is very significant. Parables are a kind of “street theatre” where there is a sudden reversal of expectations. In this week, Bible study participants will be asked to write some parables and perhaps even act them out.
1. CTS student Ali Baker who works with bullied youth did this “reversal” of the Parable of the Sower.
2. The Parable of the Talents
Have copies of the “Parable of the Talents” from #OTB pages 69-70. Divide the Bible Study into groups of 3 or 4. Who is the “Master” today? Who are the “slaves”? What is the reversal?
Re-write the Parable in small groups using today’s economy as the “reversal”.
3. If you have time, a couple of groups may volunteer to act out their re-written parable.
4. Ali’s “Parable” as text:
Now a sower went out, took a handful of seeds, and scattered them.
Some fell upon the path and the birds came and devoured them.
Some fell on rock, did not take root in soil, and so they did not produce.
While others fell among thorns and the thorns grew up into a noose.
And yet few fell into good soil – bringing forth fruit,
Coming up and growing, bearing good fruit to boot.
Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.
Now a bully went out, with hate as his tool,
Homophobia and bigotry to spread throughout the school.
Some was in jest, in one ear and out the next
Some was untrue, the kind that most kids can see through
However some scarred the surface, leaving bruises behind
While others would bury deep, taking years to find,
But find they would, a great harvest of hate
Found in teen closets, just moments too late.
Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear and be clear;
What kind of sower are you?