To place along side of; "Earthly story with a Heavenly meaning."
Purposes of Jesus' parable
To attract attention, stimulate inquiry, make truth easily remembered and later digested, convey truth to believers and conceal it from opponents.
Language of the parables
Language of story
Crossing the lake and calming the storm
Jesus fell asleep in the boat after a long day and calmed the storm (He has power over creation); disciples were afraid because they had little to no faith.
6000 soldiers or any indefinite large number; demons inside the Gerasene said "we are many," thus why he said his name was Legion
10 cities; Jesus commanded the demons out and they inhibited the swine (upset people because that was their paycheck) so they asked him to leave. Legion wanted to go with Him but he told him to tell the Gentiles what the Lord had done.