Matthew 13:10-13   And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.” 

     Interestingly, after Jesus said, “It has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven,” the very first parable He told began with the words “The kingdom of heaven is like,” not the Kingdom of Heaven is. The parables are keys to solving this mystery, and that is what we will venture to do in this book—solve the mystery.

     We don’t understand the true meaning of the parables because we have eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear. Many, including the handpicked disciples of Jesus, were left scratching their heads, not having a clue as to what He was actually saying.

Mark 4:13   And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?” 

     The disciples pursued Jesus for the interpretation of what the parables meant.

Mark 4:33-34   And with many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to hear it. But without a parable He did not speak to them. And when they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples. 

     If you are like me, you like doctrine to be black and white. There’s the scripture. I believe it, and that settles it. Yet, the Lord hides truths in parables and enjoys it when we pursue Him to receive more understanding of them.

Proverbs 25:2   It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. 

     Jesus told the Church of Laodicea: “Anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.” We will only anoint our eyes when we have convinced ourselves that there are some things we just don’t see well enough yet.

     If the parables seem obscure and lacking in practical use, it may indicate that we aren’t seeing all that is there or hearing all that is being said. There’s more there, much more, more than I understand. I want to solve “the mystery of the kingdom of heaven” with you. It was Jesus who said, it’s been given to you to know this mystery. If we are going to be in the Sherlock Holmes or Columbo mode, we must start with a blank slate. Seeing with new eyes and ears while asking for wisdom along the way. I think you’ll be surprised.

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