Matthew 13:10-13 says” The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables:
Have you ever asked yourself ” why did Jesus use parables when He spoke? Some say He used them to relate to the people. Do you find that understanding some of the parables in which Christ spoke about confusing to you at times?
Well just like you I too struggle with different ones, but before we get to understanding the many different ones we must first understand why Jesus spoke in parables. And the answer is found in Matthew 13:10-13 Jesus clearly states the purpose for parables.
Jesus told His disciples that they have been given insight into God’s Kingdom and that they know how it works. But not everybody has this gift insight, it hasn’t been given to them so that is why when Jesus spoke to the crowds He spoke parables so they can get and understanding of what He was saying. Had Jesus spoke without the parables those who was not His disciples would have never understood what He was talking about.
When ever someone has a readiness heart for God’s word the insight and understanding flows freely, but if there is no readiness nor trace of receptivity soon disappears. That is why Jesus spoke in parables to create a readiness in the people’s heart, to nudge the people towards receptive insight. The prophet Isaiah prophesied this very thing saying, ” Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, seeing you will see and not perceive for the hearts of this people have grown dull. To God be the GLORY! I pray today you have a better understanding as to why Jesus spoke in parables.