So why couldn't they understand Jesus parables?
Mark4 But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable.And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, so that Seeing they may see and not perceive,
And hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn,And their sins be forgiven them.’”And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?
Jesus disciples did understand. it was those who did not believe in Jesus teachings that were blind and deaf spiritually. They still are.
Jesus treated his listeners with understanding. When his disciples did not get the point of an illustration, he patiently explained it to them. (Mt 13:10-23) Aware of their limitations, he did not give them too much information. (Joh 16:4, 12) When needed, Jesus repeated practically identical information. (Mr 9:35; 10:43, 44) In answering questions, Jesus often fortified his reply by means of illustrations or object lessons, thereby leaving a deep impression on the minds of the listeners and stirring up their thinking faculties.—Mt 18:1-5, 21-35; Lu 10:29-37.
Jesus primarily spoke in parables in the book of Mark. This is the book that most strongly emphasizes the "messianic secret." By the time John was written, the notion of Jesus keeping his identity somewhat secret had faded, and in that book, he clearly explains who he is. It's just one of many examples of how each gospel presents a somewhat different Jesus.
Jesus’ illustrations took many forms, including examples, comparisons, similes, and metaphors. He is well known for his use of illustrations, in fact without an illustration he would not speak to them. What’s the difference between illustrations and Jesus’ parables? Well, parable has been defined as “a short, usually fictitious, narrative from which a moral or spiritual truth is drawn.
A number of Jesus’ illustrations and parables reveal his acquaintance with plants, animals, and the elements. While growing up in Galilee, he no doubt had ample opportunity to observe Jehovah’s creations. He put this knowledge to skillful use in his teaching.
Jesus knew how people would react under various circumstances, and he used that knowledge in selecting pointed illustrations.
His use of illustrations became characteristic of his teaching. Instead of making complicated comparisons, he used everyday matters. He made use of little things to explain the big things, and easy things to make plain the hard things. These illustrations drove home the points so forcefully that no one could argue back.
This annoyed some, because it pointed out a serious weakness. Because of their stubborn and unspiritual attitude, they would not respond—would be as blind as if their eyes were pasted shut with super-glue. Unseeing, and unhearing, they do not understand; and see again and again, but do not get any knowledge.’ The reason is obvious; it’s because of attitude. The fault lay with the people, not with Jesus’ teaching methods.
With eyes and ears unresponsive they may not see with their eyes and with their ears they may not hear, and that their own heart may not understand and that they may not actually turn back and get healing. (Isaiah 6:9-10)
Jesus told the disciples that they knew the mystery of the kingdom of God. But to those who didn't know, these things are told in parables. If they saw, they wouldn't perceive, and if they heard, they wouldn't understand. They were told in parables in case they should be converted and their sins forgiven.
See Isaiah, Chapter 6, Verses 9 and 10
i'm guessing your a born-again christian. people don't understand babbling, maybe that's why silly parables are misunderstood.
When Jesus spoke in parables, He was trying to relate to the Apostles in a way that was simplistic and easy for them to grasp. There difficulty was in trying to apply his story to what he wanted them to really learn and understand.
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