The Purpose of Parables!!!
On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying,………… And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” 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. 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. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 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; 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.’ But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly, 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 13:1-3,…10-17.
In our previous Study, We see Jesus warning against Leaving our Heart empty when an Unclean Spirit(Habits) is cast out lest we find ourselves in a worse condition. We also see Him showing us that Our Spiritual Relationship with the True Disciples should be far stronger than our Relationship with our Earthly Family. In this Chapters we See Jesus speaking in Parables to Explain the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven. And out of these Parables, He explained only two. But before we speak about the Parables, it is important we consider the Reasons why Jesus Spoke in Parables.
On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore: Jesus was such a tireless Preacher, on the same day that He had preached about Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, Three nights and three Days in the heart of the Earth, and the return of the evil Spirit. Although He had been opposed by the Pharisees and interrupted by His Family, yet He never gave up the work His father has sent Him to do. He was never discouraged nor took a Vacation. Let us therefore learn from Jesus who never got wearied in the Service for His Father lest we find the Church too demanding. Jesus went out of the House because it would not accommodate the Crowd and decided to use the open space at the sea side. Behold the Humility of Christ. The Greatest Preacher who ever walked on Earth had no Spacious auditorium to accommodate His audience. He denied Himself of the honour due to Him and made the best use of what circumstances made available. Even His pulpit was a boat!!! Also notice that Jesus was upon the Sea while the Multitude was on Dry land which teaches us that Preachers are more exposed to hazard and troubles than the Multitude who just listened. Let us therefore learn to Pray for those who Labour in God’s word for our sake.
Then He spoke many things to them in parables……… And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”: A lot of people think that Jesus spoke in Parables so that people may understand what He was saying, but this is not True. In fact, it is exactly the Opposite. These Parables were spoken so that Truths might be Hidden from some people. Jesus speaks to the Multitudes in Parable but whenever He was alone with His Disciples, He explains the Parable to them(Mark 4:33-34). So one good reason why Jesus spoke in parables is to Hide the Meaning from the Multitude. There are Many mysteries in the Kingdom of God. Mysteries are things which only God can reveal to you through the Holy Spirit. If it is not revealed to You, you will completely go wrong by Your reasoning. A lot of the new testament is like that. You cannot understand it without the help of the Holy Spirit. This is why many people say they don’t understand what they read in the Bible. Some say the Bible is contradicting itself when they compare two verses. They have not recognized that the Words of God are Mysteries that needs to be revealed. And God does not reveals it to the Multitude. So if you find yourself not understanding God’s word, or you find Scriptures as Parables hard to comprehend, then it means that God has not found you worthy to Explain these Mysteries to. So who are those whom the Lord reveals it to? What do they have that the Multitude does not have?
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.: This was Jesus reply to His Disciples and it is amazing to see that the Mysteries of The Kingdom of God has been granted to them and not the Multitudes. There are two groups of People who listens to Jesus namely, The Multitude and The Disciples. It is foolishness for a Disciple trying to argue and convince a Person who belong to the Multitude group about Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven. They will never Understand it because it has not been granted to them to understand it. My Advice for You if you are a True Disciple, “Don’t waste Your time arguing with People concerning things the Lord has granted to You in Scriptures!!! Don’t cast Your pearls before pigs!!! It has not been granted to them!!! They are not Disciples. They are outside the School of Discipleship. Everything come to them as parable(Mark 4:11)Even their Life is a Parable to them. They don’t understand it ” Why was it granted to the Disciples and not the Multitude? Was it because the Disciples were more clever? Not at all. The Disciples are those who are learners and Followers of Jesus Christ. Those who want to become Like their Master in Everything they do. They Love Jesus so much that their Father, Mother, brothers, Sister, wife, Husband and Children think they Hate them. Disciples are those who deny their own will and take up the Cross Daily. Disciples are those who have forsaken All that they possess and have counted it as rubbish in order to know Jesus(Luke 14:26-33, 9:23, Philippians 3:7-8). Disciples are those who have come to the Lord in total dependence upon Him like a Babe(Matt 11:25).The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him(Psalm 25:14).There is no partiality with God, if you also take up the Yoke of Discipleship upon You, then the Mysteries of the Kingdom will be granted to You also. It is God’s will that the Multitude of Converts should be made into Disciples. This is the Great Commission(Matt 28:19). And because Most Churches have Lost the Vision of Making Disciples, they end up filling the Churches with Multitude who have no clue about the Mysteries of God’s Kingdom.
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: The implication of this is that, “If God gives Me a Truth and I make use of it, I apply it to my life, I obey what it tells me to obey, then More(Truths, More Revelations on His Word, and nature and the principles of His Kingdom) will be given to Me. But on the other hand, if I have receive Truth and I do not apply it to my life, I do not open, I merely accumulate knowledge, then even the Little truth that I have will be taken away from Me” For Example, God’s word is like food. And if you keep eating food without digesting it, it would do no good to the body. Undigested food can kill a person!!! Good food can kill a person if the digestive system is not working. The same is true in God’s Word. If you keep on hearing or reading God’s word(Like Reading Your Bible or reading these or listening to a Sermon) and You fail to apply it to your life and obey it, it is Like food Undigested in your stomach. That which is suppose to give you Life may kill You!!! Many who know so much of the Bible are Spiritual dead because of Lack of Obedience to the knowledge they have received. Just like Adam and Eve ran to the Tree of Knowledge instead of Life, many of the race of Adam repeat the same Mistake of Craving for More Bible knowledge instead of obedience. Even You can read “#Everyday with Jesus” Daily and Yet not be Transformed because all the ones You have read, You Never obeyed it. And guess what, You can’t remember some of the Lessons we have learnt so far, and I hope it has not been taken away from you already because of lack of obedience. Take heed!!! Knowledge without obedience Kills.
Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand: Why don’t they see and hear? It is because they don’t want to see. They are only interested in Knowledge. They don’t hear God, they only hear the Preacher. They don’t understand Spiritually, they only understand intellectually. To understand Spiritually, we need to have a Pure Heart and obey. To understand Intellectually, You only need a clever brain. And it was a fulfillment of a Prophecy of Isaiah…. “Their Hearts have grown dull” The problem is with their Heart not their Brain or Mind!!! They have failed to understand with their Heart. They hear God’s word and have failed to repent. Their hearts have been hardened through accumulated knowledge and disobedience. Let us therefore be watchful lest we also become “Dull of Heart”
But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly, 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: Blessed indeed is the Man whose eyes and ears are opened to these Truths because He has chosen to repent and maintain a good conscience. If you come to the Scriptures with a good conscience, You will see amazing things!!!
What are the Disciples of Jesus seeing that Righteous Men desire to see but could not? Remember when Simeon carried Jesus as a Little Child, He said, “My eyes have seen Your Salvation” Many old testament Saint desire to see the Days of Jesus and Partake of His Messages, teachings, Nature, Glories and Power of the Holy Spirit. But they did not see it. Indeed we are the Most privileged People who ever lived on the Face of the Earth. We have the opportunity to know the Kingdom of God and the greatest Truths that God has ever revealed to Human beings. But we need to be Spiritually Minded otherwise we will miss the Bus completely. We have to be tremendously grateful to God for given us the opportunities to hear and read these things. But Yet, it would do us no good if we fail to obey and repent. To whom more is given, more is expected. He who has ears, let Him hear!!!
Dear Friend, The Mysteries of God’s Kingdom has been hidden from The Multitude and revealed to Disciples. God’s word has been written in such a Way that only Disciples will understand the True Meaning of it. Come out from the midst of the Multitude and get into a Discipleship relationship with the Lord. Fulfill the Conditions of Discipleship and You will see amazing things in God’s word that has been hidden for ages. Remember the secret of the Lord belongs to those who fear Him. Fear God!!! Obey His Word!!! Repent of Your Sins and More Truths will be added to You. May God give us strength to obey and not accumulate Knowledge that Kills(Amen). God bless You. Have a blessed day.
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