Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Is it for all to hear or is it a secret?

Why did Jesus speak in parables? Was it to make his point with pithy analogies and grab the attention of men with catchy stories? On the contrary, Jesus used parables so that people would not be able to understand him. What? Didn’t God say that he “wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth”? 1 Timothy 2:4

Well, take a look at this statement made by Jesus himself as he likens his use of parables to the ministry of Isaiah:
The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, “they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!" - Mark 4:11-12
Yes, God wants everyone to come to a saving knowledge of him. However, he wants sincere faith and hearts that are turned to him out of love and humility; not in order to simply gain the Kingdom, forgiveness, and a “get out of hell free” card.

Therefore, the Kingdom of God was presented by Jesus in a way that the hard-hearted would reject and those with sincere and pure hearts would embrace. I suggest we daily examine the condition of our hearts so that we might hear God clearly.


jeff said...

I think you also have to consider the fact that He was going to be crucified by these people, if they clearly knew He was the son of God they would not have killed Him. 1 COrinthians 2:8 seems to back up that idea as well.

Eric Jones said...

Nice added perspective and insight. I appreciate your work over at anti-itch meditation.