The Bible writings contain many parables. Jesus like those before him used ‘parables,’ and when asked why, he said, because they believe what they see without…and not whats within…they hear but they do not hear whats being said within…and its because they do not understand that all they need to see, hear and understand is found within them. (my interpretation)
Parables are ‘comparisons.’
Lets investigate Joel 2:25 and assume it’s a parable.
Locust, ‘something that strips the vegetation. Vegetation, ‘to live a life devoid of mental activity, unthinking and doing nothing.
It could be saying that the locust are those in charge, who take over the life’s of those who are not being mentally aware of God and his Allness and are doing nothing to to get understanding of who, what and where God is. So maybe that’s what this parable is telling us…man should be BEING MENTALLY AWARE of God.
Looking at the word ‘cankerworm,’ we find it comes from 2 words. Canker and worm. Looking at ‘canker’ we find it means, ‘something that corrupts and destroys.’ And worm’ which can mean ‘to advance slowly.’
So the comparison could be… slowly the leaders would come and corrupt and destroy the people who did not follow the rulers of the time. Well isn’t that what the ancient leaders did to those who did not follow their rules? Corrupt and destroy them?
Next is, caterpillar, which is ‘one who preys on others by force and robs their possessions.’ Just like the ancient rules did to those who wouldn’t obey them.
So…do you see a comparison? Do you see that the saying could have been talking about MEN and not FLYING BUGS and not WORMS?
It tells me I should be mentally aware of who I hang with and who I turn to for my understanding…so not to end up corrupted and destroyed by not understanding God and me as HIS.
You should try your own investigating into parables. It’s interesting.