And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” (Matthew 13:10 NASB)
Why indeed! I have heard preachers tell me Jesus spoke in parables that related spiritual things to the land and farming so that simple farmers could understand these high and lofty principles of the kingdom of God.
That is not how Jesus answers this question. He does not say, “I am keeping it simple so the simple folk get it.”
His answer is actually a bit sobering. Matthew has more here than Mark and Luke, so let’s look there.
And He answered and said to them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. For whoever has, to him shall more be given, and he shall have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him."
"Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, ‘YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND; AND YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE; FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL, AND WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR, AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES LEST THEY SHOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES, AND HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN, AND I SHOULD HEAL THEM.’
But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. For truly I say to you, that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it; and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it." (Matthew 13:11-17 NASB)
This is pretty staggering to me. Jesus is actually telling stories in order to leave those who will not hear in their ignorance.
Jesus quotes Isaiah’s judgment on the people. You have turned your hearts from me, which is evidenced by your refusal to hear. And so when I speak, I will speak in such away that you will not understand.
So is it hopeless? Is the die cast? Is there no hope if you have once turned away from the Lord?
I don’t believe that for a second.
But you do need to turn to the Lord, and away from all that has drawn you from Him. You must choose to hear only Him, and forsake that which has drawn your eyes from the wonder of His beautiful holiness. [Tweet This]
Otherwise you will never see that which your heart needs in order to be healed.
Today, don’t harden your heart, but stop, look, and listen to the voice of the Spirit calling to you.
Come back tomorrow when we start looking at the soils