The Purpose of Parables … Again

“No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light. Then pay attention to how you listen; for to those who have, more will be given; and from those who do not have, even what they seem to have will be taken away.”

Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” But he said to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”

Luke 8:16-21

Ahhhhh! I finally understand! Yesterday Jesus said the parables are like secrets for only the disciples to understand. But then in today’s passage He is saying that all secrets will be made known. To those who have opened their ears and opened their hearts understanding WILL be given. Everyone who hears (or reads) the parables is capable of understanding, but only if they listen correctly.

See, it doesn’t make sense for God to send Jesus down to earth but then  hide His message from the people. That would be like leaving the front porch light on for company but then covering the lights up with paint or something. It just isn’t logical. In the same way it doesn’t make sense for God to harden our hearts against the parables, but rather it is our own doing by not listening or being open to what we hear. When the Devil takes the Word away it is because we listen with a cynical heart. When we don’t form roots it is because we don’t listen often enough. When our faith is choked out it is because we didn’t listen to the whole Message. When we turn away from God it is OUR fault, not His.

On a completely unrelated note, this story of Jesus not showing preference for His family makes the most sense to me out of any version so far. It doesn’t read like He is somehow angry with them, or snubbing them, or anything like that. He is just saying that everyone needs Him just as much as they do, and many people need Him more. And I”m sure His mother understood exactly what He meant.

See, this is why Luke is my favorite gospel. Everything just makes more sense. Good ole’ Luke.

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