Jesus was famous for telling parables. Throughout his life on earth he told more than forty of them. A parable by definition is a short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson. (Harper) When you hear the story, you can relate it to your own life. It is like an illustration for the points in a sermon. It conveys its message of truth through analogy, through comparison or contrast. Jesus spoke to the people in this manner for a few distinct reasons. Parables are told to reveal the truths about the kingdom of God. To be revealed in a manner in which only those who truly care will come to know. By doing so Jesus was able to separate the audience into two groups, the…show more content… He was now alone with the disciples when they wanted to know why he spoke in these parables. This passage can be confusing at first glance. It sounds like Jesus is stating that he intentionally uses parables so that he can reach out to some and not others. At this point the crowds who came for miracles are also full of skeptics, critics, and enemies. This group would hear his words, but then refuse to really listen to the message. They saw great acts of power, but would refuse to believe that Jesus is from God. The true meaning of this passage is that only those open to his teaching, would more understanding be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But to those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. Speaking in parables allowed Jesus to conceal the power and radical claims of his Kingdom from those who will not believe and do not seek the truth. At same the time, his stories reveal the powerful message of God's Kingdom to the hearts of those seeking truth and following Jesus. He could and would continue to minister to the crowds, but no longer try to teach them because they would refuse to listen. Their inability to penetrate to the meaning of Jesus and his mission is the result of their obstinate disbelief and dullness of heart, as Isaiah had prophesied (13:10-15).
In the book of Mark, Jesus goes on to warn us that “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear. Consider carefully what you