A parable is a story used to explain a spiritual lesson or show the difference between right and wrong. Jesus often spoke in difficult parables that left some followers confused. So, why did he speak this way?
He did it because the lessons he taught were meant for a special group of followers, and not the average listener.
In the book of Matthew, Jesus’ disciples plainly asked him why he spoke in parables. “He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them…this is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.” (Matt. 13:11,13 NIV)
Jesus’ mission was not to change the hearts of every person he met. He knew that not everyone would become a follower; not everyone would try to understand. Instead, he was looking for those who wanted to lead better lives – whose ears and hearts were open to his message.
The ones who received his message changed their lives and followed his teachings. Others simply walked away – they weren’t interested in finding out more.
Today, we study the Bible to try to understand its deep lessons for us. We don’t walk away if the lessons are difficult to understand; instead of giving up, we study harder and ask questions to find out more.
It’s okay if there are people you know who are not interested right now in Jesus’ lessons from the Bible. In God’s future kingdom, all will be given an opportunity to understand, as well as learn right from wrong.
So, why did Jesus speak in parables? In order to find the ones who were hungry for knowledge and truth with a strong desire to understand his message.
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