Matthew 13:10–17 (ESV)
The Purpose of the Parables
10 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 11 And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the
kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 13 This
is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:
“ ‘ “You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
15 For this people’s heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them.’
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 17 For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it,
and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
I grew up in Texas and was able to speak English and Spanish. While attending the seminary in Fort Wayne,
I missed my Tex-Mex food. I found a hole in the wall place and would eat there. I was the only gringo in there and everybody spoke Spanish when they didn’t want me to know what they were talking about. Little did they know… that
I was hearing every word. It was my third year that they WERE talking about me… and I smiled at them and spoke Spanish back to them. You should have seen their faces when they realized that I had been listening all that time. Speaking
Spanish was a way to conceal what they were saying about me… it just didn’t work. I gave this example because this is kind of how parables worked. If you were a believer, you should understand the parable with it’s hidden
message. If you were not a believer… then you heard it, but you just didn’t get it. There was a slight problem though… the disciples did not get yesterday’s parable and Jesus had to explain it. I’m glad he
did that… now I don’t have to feel stupid. The best teacher in the world, Jesus, explained it. Truth be told, there are other parables that are not easy to understand and easy to misinterpret.
I pray: O Lord, I give thanks for your Word. Help me to understand your Word and to seek clarification when I don’t understand. Help my eyes see and my ears hear. Amen.