Do you know why Jesus spoke in parables?
Mathew 13: 10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” 11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:
‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; 15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.
When we are reading the parables of Jesus it is good for us to understand the reason that Jesus is speaking this way, using figures of speech and stories to illustrate his teaching of God’s truth. In this passage Jesus reveals to His disciples that they have been chosen to “know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, while others have not because they do not have ears to hear, and eyes to see, and hearts to receive what Jesus is saying.
We can see that today in our lives the same truth remains. There are those who despite their religious disciplines and beliefs, their worldly achievements, leadership or political power, they have dull hearts, ears that are hard of hearing, and closed eyes. , rendering them unable to perceive the “mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven” through the truths of Christ’s teachings.
(Next post will be the parable of the sower and our Lord’s interpretation of it)
Let’s pray that Jesus will give us clear and open hearts, ears to hear, and eyes to see the truth. Remember what Jesus said; Luke 11: 9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Blessings to All Vince