Why Did Jesus Speak in Parables?

Today’s Date: Feb 19, 2010

Why Did Jesus Speak in Parables?

Reading: Leviticus 7:28-9:6 ~ Mark 3:31-4:25 ~ Psalm 37:12-29 ~ Proverbs 10:5

S – Scripture:

Mark 4:33-34 “Jesus used many similar stores and illustrations to teach the people as much as they could understand. In fact, in his public ministry he never taught without using parables; but afterward, when he was alone with his disciples, he explained everything to them.

O – Observation:

Today’s scriptures goes well with Jan 19, 2010 journal entry entitled, “Storytelling Secrets.”  That was from the book of Matthew. Now Mark is confirming that Jesus taught in parables, yet with his disciples he went into detail of exactly what he was telling them. It’s always great to hear a great speaker, but if you’re one of the “inner circle” or being “mentored” by that leader – you will have the inside “scope” so to speak – of what they are really saying. In today’s world we are always trying to figure out what the successful business person’s secrets are, or what the athlete does to be ahead of everyone else in their field, or how a one person can share their vast amount of knowledge to the masses.

In the times of Jesus, he had 12 disciples that he taught personally. Yes he would go out and teach large crowds of people, but it was his disciples who had his ear, they were able to ask questions and clarify what his teachings were. In today’s world we do similar things. One person can teach millions of people, however they have a small group of people they mentor, because they know they cannot do all the work and when they are no longer able to get their message out, someone else can carry on their work.

GotQuestions.org has a explanation:  http://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-parables.html

Here’s an excerpt: Matt 13:10 Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull.

From this point on in Jesus’ ministry, when He spoke in parables, He explained them only to His disciples. But those who had continually rejected His message were left in their spiritual blindness to wonder as to His meaning. He made a clear distinction between those who had been given “ears to hear” and those who persisted in unbelief—ever hearing, but never actually perceiving and “always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7).

A – Application:

In today’s verses I am reminded that Jesus left us the Holy Spirit to disciple us – along with his people who are gifted as teachers and pastors to teach us what is written in the Word of God. I was not there during the time that Jesus walked the earth, however he said that he would leave us the Holy Spirit and God’s Word (the Bible) to help us, to mentor us, to explain the details of our past, future, God’s will and how we should live our lives and purpose.

P – Prayer:

Father I thank you for your Word. Without the Word of God – our lives are null and void. Give us the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to do your will, understand your Word, and serve with a grateful heart. In Jesus name, amen.

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Storytelling Secrets

Today’s Date:  January 19, 2010

Storytelling Secrets?

 

Reading: Gen 39-41:16, Matt 12:46-13:23, Psalm 17:1-15, Proverbs 3:33-35

S – Scripture:

Matthew 13:10-13 (New Living Translation)

10 His disciples came and asked him, “Why do you use parables when you talk to the people?”

 11 He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets[a] of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. 12 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. 13 That is why I use these parables,

For they look, but they don’t really see.

They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand.

O – Observation & Interpretation:

What is a parable? Basically it’s a story.  Jesus told stories to his disciples so that they would have a better understanding of his teachings. When his teaching was met with ‘unbelief’ he began teaching in parables so that whoever heard his teachings would have a better understanding and increases their knowledge.

For a detailed definition click this link to Smith’s Bible Dictionary online: http://tinyurl.com/bible-parable

Here’s an excerpt from Smith’s:

For some months Jesus taught in the synagogues and on the seashore of Galilee as he had before taught in Jerusalem, and as yet without a parable. But then there came a change. The direct teaching was met with scorn unbelief hardness, and he seemed for a time to abandon it for that which took the form of parables. The worth of parables as instruments of teaching lies in their being at once a test of character and in their presenting each form of character with that which, as a penalty or blessing, is adapted to it. They withdraw the light from those who love darkness. They protect the truth which they enshrine from the mockery of the scoffer. They leave something even with the careless which may be interpreted and understood afterward. They reveal on the other hand, the seekers after truth. These ask the meaning of the parable, and will not rest until the teacher has explained it. In this way the parable did work, found out the fit hearers and led them on. In most of the parables it is possible to trace something like an order.

A – Application:

In doing my devotions I am able to pray first to ask the Lord to better understand His direction. I am able to understand the Word of God based on stories (parables) that Jesus and his disciples have written. I can use bible commentaries and messages to gain understanding and use the same teachings I have learned through to share with others so that they also may come to understand God’s truths.

P – Prayer:

Father I ask for your forgiveness for my sins. I seek your knowledge and understand in your Word. I ask that you guide me through prayer, your Word, messages from your messengers, and the Holy Spirit that lives within me. Thank you for your grace and mercy. In Jesus name, amen.

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