Our pastor gave the meaning of a parable as
"an earthly story with a heavenly meaning".
As we read thru the book of Jeremiah....we find eight different instructions that God gave to Jeremiah that turned out to have a meaning that could be applied to His people and the coming destruction.
The Parables of Jeremiah
(1) The Boiling Pot
Symbol of God's impending judgment of wicked, idolatrous Judah.
(2) The Ruined Sash
Illustrated the ruin that Judah's pride had caused in its relationship to God.
(3) The Potter and the Clay
Showed God's sovereign role in raising up and pulling down nations, including Judah.
(4) The Broken Flask
Illustrated the way in which God was going to shatter Judah for its wickedness.
(5) The Good and Bad Figs
Demonstrated the two ways that God would deal with His people; acceptance of the good and rejection of the evil.
(6) The Bonds and Yokes
Used to advise the leaders of Judah to submit to Babylonian rule.
(7) The Deed of Purchase
Served as a testimony that God would eventually bring back survivors from Babylon who would buy and sell fields in Judah.
(8) The Stones in the Clay
Testified to the fact that God would allow the Babylonians to dominate Egypt.