Why did Jesus speak in parables?
His followers (disciples: “learners”…some “learned” and stayed, some “learned” and left) wanted to know why Jesus spoke in parables.
The Twelve wanted to know.
Jesus told them why…
As soon as He was alone,
His followers, along with the twelve,
began asking Him about the parables.
And He was saying to them,
“To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God,
but those who are outside get everything in parables,
so that WHILE SEEING, THEY MAY SEE AND NOT PERCEIVE, AND WHILE HEARING, THEY MAY HEAR AND NOT UNDERSTAND, OTHERWISE THEY MIGHT RETURN AND BE FORGIVEN.”
The Kingdom of God.
It was given to those who listened and believed.
Those who listened and did not believe?
They were/are “outside”.
Outside of faith.
Outside of belief.
Outside the Kingdom.
Jesus then quotes Scripture…
9 And he said, “Go, and say to this people:
“‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;
keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’
10 Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes;
lest they see with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.”
There are many other Scriptures that speak of the people not hearing, listening, understanding, etc.
What is the point?
Those who believed/would believe would have understanding of the parables and the Truth of the Lord.
Those who did not believe/would not believe would continue.
They would see but not perceive.
They would hear yet not understand.
Remember, Jesus only spoke what Father told Him to speak.
Jesus only did what Father told Him to do.
John 17 gives much insight.
Listen to the Words of Jesus…His teachings…His parables.
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