Meaning of Jesus Parables

  Meaning of Jesus Parables

What is the meaning of Jesus' parables?

What is the meaning of Jesus’ parables? Why didn’t Jesus speak in plain language so everyone was sure to understand the meaning?

Jesus’ disciples wondered the same thing in Matthew 13:10-17:

“The disciples came to him and asked, ‘Why do you speak to the people in parables?’ “He replied, ‘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 he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: '”You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.” But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.’”

Meaning of Jesus' Parables - The Purpose
Jesus understood that many people do not have interest or regard for the message He was conveying. To those with a hunger for God, with genuine interest, the parable was an effective and memorable way to communicate Jesus’ message.

Sometimes the people asked that Jesus’ parables be explained. In this instance, Jesus explained his parable this way:

"Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown" (Matthew 13:18-23).

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