As we know from our touchstone, 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, (and) for instruction in righteousness.”

Accordingly, we approach every detail with the assumption that it has been included for a reason that contributes to the intended message. This is especially important in the case of the parables in the New Testament, for we are told explicitly that they do not consist simply of a chronicle of events observed by the Savior in the world around him in his earthly ministry, but instead they consist of illustrative accounts — perhaps fictional, or at the very least, selected by the Christ with clear, unalloyed intention — as portrayal of all or part Jesus’s message.