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