Most people are aware that Jesus taught using parables. Matter of fact, some, like that of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son, have become woven it the fabric of popular culture. However, while Jesus’ use of parables is well known, what is not so well know is why he does so and of course, what he is actually teaching about.
As to why Jesus chose to use parables, he says, “because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you [the disciples], but not to them [the crowds]” (Mt 13:11). Parables then were a way for Jesus to further instruct those who “get it” while leaving those who did not “get it” scratching their heads in wonder. Basically, Jesus is saying, “parables and illustrations are not intended to convince anyone of the kingdom’s coming, but rather, to teach those of you who are already receiving it more about it!” It is kinda like if you sat down in a room filled with people discussing a subject you knew nothing about. Unless their intention was not to teach you about the subject you would certainly leave more confused that you came. So, while parables might confuse some, they are intended to give more knowledge to those already in on the conversation!
So, how does this relate to the current series on Call and Commission? Well, two weeks ago, in a message titled The Focus, we talked about the Church, its mission and the Gospel. We discussed the Church as a gathering of diverse people unified in the mission of announcing the kingdom of God with Jesus as it’s King and to witness to it by living, by faith, its rule of justice, love and mercy. It is only fitting then, in light of Jesus’ intention with parables, that we seek to have ears to hear and eyes to see what Jesus is saying about the kingdom that we might better understand it and our responsibilities as it citizens!
Please join us this Saturday as we discuss such matters 🙂
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