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Why did Jesus Speak in Parables

Did Jesus Clain to be the Son of God

Jesus often spoke in parables as a method to convey complex truths in a form that was accessible to all listeners, regardless of their background or level of understanding. Parables are simple, metaphorical stories that illustrate moral or spiritual lessons, which Jesus used to reveal truths about the Kingdom of God, human nature, and the path to salvation.

The Bible offers clear explanations for why Jesus chose to teach using parables. One significant passage is found in Matthew 13:10-17. The disciples ask Jesus why He speaks to the people in parables, to which He responds:

  • “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.” (Matthew 13:11-13)

This indicates that parables were a way to both reveal and conceal the truth. They were meant to enlighten those open to understanding God’s message while confounding those who were not receptive.

Three Main Takeaways:

  1. Parables Engage and Invite Reflection: Jesus used parables to engage His listeners’ imagination and provoke reflection, making spiritual truths more relatable and memorable by connecting them to everyday life experiences.
  2. Revelation to the Receptive: Parables were a means to reveal deeper truths to those with a readiness to understand and accept them (“He who has ears, let him hear” Matthew 13:9), demonstrating that spiritual insight is a gift granted to those who seek it with an open heart.
  3. A Tool for Teaching Across Levels of Understanding: Parables allowed Jesus to teach complex spiritual principles in a way that could be understood by people at different levels of spiritual maturity and intellectual capacity, ensuring His teachings were accessible to everyone from the simple to the scholarly.

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  • Greg Gaines

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