It is most critical that you understand the parables of Jesus!

#21
I've always wondered why the disciples had the parables explained to them, while the hundreds of those following Jesus as He went about were left in their ignorance.

To me it seemed that if one were not to be endued with understanding and a ready intellect, there was less of an easy path to the Kingdom. Jesus said that to follow Him was easy. But it's a bit like a racing cyclist telling a five-year old that he will find it easy to ride a cycle. "Just get on and away you go". Crash.

I can't remember a time when I didn't have a clue as to the teaching of the parables, but I suppose more than eighty years ago I didn't let it worry me. But if I had died then, what would be my position at the Judgement ? It is a blessing to (think that we) understand the meaning of the parables, but is no allowance made for mental disabilities ?

For some people it's a worry on some days, and not any worry on others.
Hello Samuels,

You say that you '... have always wondered why the disciples had the parables explained to them, while the hundreds of those following Jesus as He went about were left in their ignorance.'

Yes, I can understand why you should wonder about this, but looking at Matthew 13, and the words of verses 13-15, we have the answer, don't we? For in response to the disciples question, 'Why speakest thou unto them in parables?', our Lord answers with the words,

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

I agree that this seems unfair at first glance, but this is a figure of speech, and means, 'they are determined not to hear and not to see.' This takes away all thoughts of unfairness, doesn't it, Samuels? This reminds me of the words of John 2:24,25:-

'But Jesus did not commit Himself unto them,
because He knew all men,
And needed not that any should testify of man:
for he knew what was in man.'


Praise His Name!

In Christ Jesus
Chris
 
#22
I've always wondered why the disciples had the parables explained to them, while the hundreds of those following Jesus as He went about were left in their ignorance.
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Hello again Samuels,

It is good also to acknowledge that on fourteen occasions in the New Testament the Lord uses the expression, 'He that hath ears to hear, let him hear,' (Matt. 11:15), or words similar to this. This was a solemn injunction made by our Lord, no other but He could make it, and it means, 'He whose ears are opened, let him surely hear, or let him take heed to give the most earnest attention!'

It was this injunction to attention and obedience that many failed to heed in Israel. Isaiah 6:9,10, foretells that judicial blindness would be the consequence, and so it ultimately was.

In Christ Jesus
Chris
 
#23
When Jesus gave His parables, He kept asking, “Do you understand?”
Yes, it is most critical at this late hour that we understand His parables!
Let us look closely at one of them …


Matthew 13:24-30 (AMP, 2015 edition) --- Jesus’ Parable of the Wheat and Weeds
24 The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.
25 But while he was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed also darnel
(weeds resembling wheat) among the wheat, and went on his way.
26 So when the plants sprouted and formed grain, the darnel (weeds) appeared also.
27 And the servants of the owner came to him and said,
Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? Then how does it have darnel shoots in it?
28 He replied to them, An enemy has done this.
The servants said to him, Then do you want us to go and weed them out?
29 But he said, No, lest in gathering the wild wheat (weeds resembling wheat),
you root up the [true] wheat along with it.
30 Let them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will say to the reapers,
Gather the darnel first and bind it in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my granary.

••• NASB footnote: “darnel, a weed resembling wheat”

Matthew 13:37-43 (NLT) --- Jesus’ Explanation of His Parable of the Wheat and Weeds
37 The Son of Man is the farmer who plants the good seed.
38 The field is the world, and the good seed represents the people of the Kingdom.
The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one.
39 The enemy who planted the weeds among the wheat is the devil.
The harvest is the end of the world, and the harvesters are the angels.
40 Just as the weeds are sorted out and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the world.
41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will remove from his Kingdom
everything that causes sin and all who do evil
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42 And the angels will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom.
Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!

••• The NASB states the underlined above like this:
41 “they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness”
••• The Amplified Bible (2015 edition) states the underlined above like this:
39 “The harvest is the close and consummation of the age”
41
“they will gather out of His kingdom all causes of offense
[persons by whom others are drawn into error or sin] and all who do iniquity and act wickedly”
43
“Let him who has ears [to hear] be listening,
and let him consider and perceive and understand by hearing.”


Above we see Jesus saying: Satan plants false believers into God’s Kingdom,
who will be thrown out of His Kingdom into the eternal fire, and these are:
• those who cause sin
• those do evil
• those who cause offense
• those who draw others into error (doctrinal errors?)
• those who draw others into sin
• those who do iniquity
• those who act wickedly

Please note: Jesus’ dire warnings about SIN are carried on by Paul and the other NT epistle writers!


“Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires.
… Instead, gives yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life.
… Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey?
You can be a slave to sin, which leads to (eternal) death, or you can choose to obey God,
which leads to righteous living. … Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living
so that you will become holy.” (Romans 6:12-19, NLT)

••• “new life” – “born from above” believers (with a new nature and the indwelling Holy Spirit) are
no longer slaves of sin; they no longer have to sin; now they are able to choose to sin or not to sin!
 
#24
Hello again,
The parable of the tares and the wheat is designed to meet the possible difficulty which might arise as to the reason why the gospel of the Kingdom should be so long refused, by those to whom it was given. The key words are, 'an enemy hath done this'.

The parable of, 'the sower', reveals the 'sowings', or ministries of the gospel of the Kingdom, and the various, 'grounds', the state of the human heart universally . It showed also the characteristics of the hearers at the different points in the history of the Kingdom's proclamation.

In the parable of, 'the wheat and the tares', the scene of the wheat field does not change but the symbols do. Now the wheat field is not the human heart but 'the world', and 'the Sower' is, in this parable, 'The Son of Man'. ' The good seed' are 'the sons of the Kingdom', and 'The tares' are, 'the sons of the evil one': the enemy that sowed them is, 'the devil', and 'The harvest' and 'The harvesters', are, 'the consummation of the age', and 'The Angels'.

Interesting.
In Christ Jesus
Chris
 
#25
Many thanks for your thoughts, Chris.
There's a lot to think about in the whole of the topic, which for me has led on to the search for understanding of other similar texts,
I'll be back, I'm sure, after more consideration.

All blessings.
 
#26
Many thanks for your thoughts, Chris.
There's a lot to think about in the whole of the topic, which for me has led on to the search for understanding of other similar texts,
I'll be back, I'm sure, after more consideration.

All blessings.
Praise God!

There is no better occupation that that which you are engaged in, ©Smiler, is there? It cannot but be fruitful.

In Christ Jesus
Our risen and glorified
Saviour, Lord and Head
Chris
 
#27
Hello there,

Staying with the parable of the wheat and the tares, it reveals that the prime cause of defection and apostasy in Israel is Satan. Throughout the course of the ages Satan has sought to overthrow the purpose of God, in Christ Jesus, hasn't He?

This conflict is seen in the words of Genesis 3:14,15, and throughout the record of the history of Israel. In Genesis 3, as here in this parable, two seeds are spoken of, 'the seed of the woman' and 'The seed of the serpent (Satan)'.

Among those who were professedly religious people at the time this parable was spoken, who in their own estimation were 'sons of the Kingdom', were those who were really 'sons of the wicked one'.

In Christ
Chris
 
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#28
Hello there,

Staying with the parable of the wheat and the tares, it reveals that the prime cause of defection and apostasy in Israel is Satan. Throughout the course of the ages Satan has sought to overthrow the purpose of God, in Christ Jesus, hasn't He?

This conflict is seen in the words of Genesis 3:14,15, and throughout the record of the history of Israel. In Genesis 3, as here in this parable, two seeds are spoken of, 'the seed of the woman' and 'The seed of the serpent (Satan)'.

Among those who were professedly religious people at the time this parable was spoken, who in their own estimation were 'sons of the Kingdom', were those who were really 'sons of the wicked one'.

In Christ
Chris
You are so very correct sister. What Satan accomplished through Adam and Eve has become the condition of all men and women who have ever lived. Their action fixed our position. Paradise was lost for everyone and everyone who has ever been born into the world, with the exception of Jesus Christ, the virgin-born son of God, has been born a sinner with the principle of sin operative in their nature. Rebellion against God, no desire to repent, only a desire to justify themselves, exonerate themselves and put the blame for their failures on somebody else and no ability to alter their sinful condition or do anything to bring about their own salvation, that is the curse on all humanity.

To that he has added "religion". IMO, religion is one of his best tools to deceive and trick us into thinking more of ourselves that we think of the Lord Jesus Christ.