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Special Testimonies On Education, Page 67

Chapter 11—The Parable of the Growing Seed

The Lord Jesus Christ came to our world as its Saviour. He “was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” He assumed humanity, that humanity might touch humanity, while his divinity grasped the throne of God. In his life was manifested “the glory as of the only begotten of the Father;” but he veiled his divinity in humanity,—the invisible glory in the visible human form.

The same principle appeared in his teaching; the unknown was illustrated by the known. Jesus taught by illustrations and parables drawn from nature and from the familiar events of every-day life. The inspired record says, “All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.” Matthew 13:34, 35. In this way he associated natural things with spiritual, linking the things of nature and the life-experience of his hearers with the sublime, spiritual truths of the written word. And his lessons were repeated whenever their eyes rested on the objects which had been associated with eternal truth.

Here is indicated the higher education that is to be given by parents and teachers. The truth simplified and illustrated is quickly discerned even by children. The figurative language arrests the attention and pleases the mind; and the lesson is firmly fixed in the memory.

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