Wednesday July 11, 2008
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
"Parables Have a Purpose"

You know, God has a straight forward way of communicating His Love to you but when teaching, He uses metaphors, figures of speech, and parables. You begin to learn about this in Psalm 78:2 KJV:

I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

Throughout you bible you find metaphors, figures of speech, and parables and Matthew 13:13 KJV tells you why Christ chooses to teach in this manner:

Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

In the Old Testament, Matthew 13:14 KJV tells you that Elijah prophesied this:

And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

Understanding parables lets you know that you have “eyes to see” and “ears to hear”; God’s control over the timing for understanding them is explained in Matthew 13:15 KJV:

For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

“Waxed Gross” means Christ has created this situation; He alone is responsible for opening your “eyes and ears”…He is the one in charge! He refers to this healing as an understanding and it is at any time that you should be prepared to receive it.

If presently, you are without “eyes to see” and “ears to hear”, Romans 11:8 KJV tells you that God is protecting you; He calls it the spirit of slumber:

(According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

Matthew 13:16 KJV tells of the blessing you receive when it is removed:

But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

Matthew 13:17 KJV tells you that many great men and women preceded you, longing to see and hear the things that Christ now makes available to you:

For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

With your “eyes to see” and “ears to hear”, many of them were more than






willing to trade places with you.

Are you ready to test your ears? Christ sends you an invitation in Matthew 13:43 KJV:

Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

In this parable, Christ will be describing the Kingdom of Heaven; Matthew 13:44 KJV reads:

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

Have you ever daydreamed about what Heaven may be like? The “King” in Kingdom is Christ and you represent the dominion, the “dom” of Kingdom that He oversees. Understanding that Jesus is the hidden treasure you have found, you should be more than willing to give your earthly possessions to gain His Kingdom. To assist you in understanding this parable, Mark 10:20 KJV gives an example of one who was not:

And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.

Understanding that this man, obeying all the commandments since his youth, now wants to follow Him, Christ responds in Mark 10:21 KJV:

Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

Understanding that Jesus is placing Heaven above his earthly holdings, Mark 10:22 KJV shows his response:

And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

This story makes clear the message that Christ sends you in the parable…You are not to place earthly possessions above that that awaits you in Heaven.

Parables serve a purpose for you as well as for God. His Word guides you and here Proverbs 26:9 KJV gives you input:

As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

A fool may be born every minute but you do not have to listen to him. Scripture holds the truth you seek as God invites you to his party of understanding.

Are you hungry; He stands ready to help?

Are you ready to tackle understanding a new parable each week?



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