What is a parable, and how does it compare with a metaphor and a simile? The Westminister Dictionary of the Bible gives an excellent explanation. It also coincides with previous explanations on metaphors and similes.
Parable: “A method of speech in which moral or religious truth is illustrated from the analogy of the common experience. The comparison may be expressed, as by the word like, or may be implied. The limits between the parable and simile and metaphor are not well defined. Often scarcely is there any difference, except that the simile and metaphor are short and the parable comparatively long. ‘Ye are the light of the world’ is a metaphor; ‘as a lamb before his shearer is dumb’ is a simile; ‘but the kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till it was all leavened,’ is a parable. (Matthew 13:33) The parable has certain advantages. One is, that this means of CONVEYING TRUTH MAKES IT ADHERE TO THE MEMORY MUCH MORE THAN A PLAIN DIDACTIC STATEMENT WOULD DO. For instance, no didactic statement as to the willingness of our Lord to receive penitent sinners would have had an effect at all equal to that produced by the parable of the Prodigal Son.” (Luke 15:11-32)
The Parable of the Wheat
And the Tares
“Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, HE THAT SOWETH THE GOOD SEED IS THE SON OF MAN; The field is the world; THE GOOD SEED ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE KINGDOM; but THE TARES ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE WICKED ONE; THE ENEMY THAT SOWED THEM IS THE DEVIL; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear...Then said he unto them, THEREFORE EVERY SCRIBE which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.” (Matthew 13:33‑52)
The false teachers in Christian Identity state: Consistency demands that if the tares sown by the devil in this parable represent the literal sons and daughters of Satan from a sexual liaison with Eve, then the wheat sown by the son of Man, Yahshua from sexual liaisons with an untold number of women. This is of course, absurd. Instead, this parable is simply contrasting righteous Israelites with wicked Israelites...
1). Verse 37: And He (Christ) answering, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of Man (Yahshua).”
2). Verse 38: And the field is the world, and the good seed, these are the sons of the Kingdom, and the darnel seeds are the sons of the evil one; (Here we can clearly see that the two seedlines are explicitly described and the “Dual Nature of man” doctrine is completely trashed).
3). Verse 39: And the enemy that sowed them is the ‘adversary’ (Devil; not a “bad nature of man”), and the harvest is the conclusion of an age, and the reapers are “messengers, angels.”
4). Verse 40: Just therefore as “collected” (the tares are gathered) is the darnel (The Darnel (tare) is a poisonous weed that looks like wheat, but will turn red in harvest. Because of its color and its lack of fruit, it stands up noticeably above the wheat and is more easily removed), and with fire is burned, so will it be in the conclusion of the age;
5). Verse 41: The Son of Man (Yahshua) will send forth His messengers (angels), and they will collect out of His Kingdom all, the CAUSES OF STUMBLING, AND THE DOERS OF LAWLESSNESS.
6). Verse 42: And WILL CAST THEM INTO THE FURNACE OF FIRE (where they will be destroyed, not to shake and bake forever): there will be wailing (oi-vay) and gnashing of teeth.
7). Verse 43: Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father. (Christian Israel will lead in righteousness and the whole world will benefit; due to the absence of the CAUSES OF STUMBLING AND THE DOERS OF LAWLESSNESS. He that hath ears let him hear!
The above was taken from the Holy Name Bible based on the Rotherham Translation)
Again, Yahshua is explaining a simple fact: by removing the cause of evil doing, all evil can be removed. This is in conformity to Divine Law that is consistent in its insistence that evil, and the source of uncleanness, must be removed in order to prevent contamination and destruction of the whole community. We would never deny that there have been evil Adamites and Israelites, of all intensities from Noah’s time to the present. But, an EVIL SOURCE through Jews who are descended from Cainite/Canaanite/Edomite peoples. Yahshua is the source of truth and history proves it. There is no doubt that the accuracy of Yahshua’s choice of the darnel representing communist Jewry is divine prophetic and historically accurate. (Taken, in part, from The Apple Story)