Why Jesus spoke in parables

But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. – Matthew 13:16

In this passage, Jesus’s disciples have just asked Him why it is that He speaks to the crowds in parables.  And the Savior’s response is that to the disciples, it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to the crowds, to them it has not been given.  

Jesus spoke in parables to fulfill the prophecy in Isaiah that that people would hear but not understand…see but never perceive.  And the reason why this is the case is that their heart has grown dull and their eyes they have closed.  They didn’t want to hear the truth anyway.  So Jesus spoke in parables that they couldn’t fully understand.  

That’s when Jesus says to His disciples, But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.  This wasn’t because they were smarter or more noble.  (They were fishermen, a tax collector, etc.)  It was because they were chosen of God.  God gave them eyes to see, ears to hear.

This is an important reminder for us, sheep.  Before Christ, we were like the crowds.  We didn’t want to hear.  Our hearts were dull.  But because God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world, we were given eyes to see, ears to hear.  And we have no room to boast, but only to praise God wholeheartedly.  Were it not for His grace, we would not have understood the depth of our sin and the beauty of His salvation. 

Father, thank You for giving us eyes to see and ears to hear.  Strengthen us this day to be your witnesses and evangelists.  

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