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Why Parables?

Posted: May 08, 2017

What is a parable?

A parable can be defined as, “a short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson,” or “a statement or comment that conveys a meaning indirectly by the use of comparison, analogy, or the like.”

Jesus often taught in parables when he was teaching and preaching to crowds. But why didn’t he just explain things outright? His disciples asked the same question in Matthew 13, to which he replied,

“’You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. 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. 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.’”
– Matthew 13:11-13 NLT

God wants you to do more than just hear the Word! He wants it to penetrate deep into your heart, so that not only will you hear it, but you will truly understand it and go forth and produce a harvest with it!

Lord, help me to have an open and soft heart, ready to read Your Word and receive it in my heart, so that I will be able to allow it to change me. I want Your Word to take root in my heart, so that it can yield a harvest 30, 60, and even 100 times more than what was planted. In Jesus’ name, amen.