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Understanding Parables

Mark 4:9-12
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Stephen Johns

on 6 October 2013

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Transcript of Understanding Parables

Understanding Parables
'He that hath ears to hear'

It is Divine Judgment
Isaiah 6:9-10
It is Divine Kindness
Hope found in Isaiah
Divine Kindness in the Parable of the Soils
The seed of the Gospel is not weak
Mark 4:9-12
The First Declaration
“9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. 10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.”
Isaiah 6:11-13
“11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, 12 And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land. 13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.”
'Hardening Truth' in other places
John 8:45

“But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me.”
Acts 7:54, 57-58

“54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. 57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, 58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.”
By speaking in parables, Jesus is communicating divine judgment in the hiding of truth from the hardened people.
“1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; 3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.”
Isaiah 11:1-5
Isaiah 6:13
“But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.”
Hope found in Psalm 78
Matthew 13:34-35

“34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: 35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.”
Psalm 78:1-4
1 Maschil of Asaph. Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: 3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.
The soil of a person's heart determines the response
Some seem to 'get it' but they were never saved
Saved people bring forth a harvest of spiritual fruit
God must prepare the heart of the listener
Applying these truths
It is Divine Kindness that you understand these truths so be humbled and grateful
Proclaim the Gospel like Isaiah, Christ, and the Apostles
Rejoice in Reception and in Rejection
By speaking in parables, Jesus is communicating divine kindness in unveiling truth to His followers
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