His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10 He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, ‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.’
My earliest memories of the parables of Jesus was acting out the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son at VBS in 3rd grade. Back then, I loved these stories as examples of how we should act to be 'good'. As I grew older, I slowly began to realize the parables are not just morality tales. I think this is the true wonder of the parables, and the Bible in general, - the ability to convey truth on multiple levels.
God gives us His Word knowing full well we are not going to get it all. When I am teaching Confirmation, I often relate Biblical understanding to onions. As you understand one layer of the Scriptures and begin to pull it back, a new level is exposed for us to contemplate and understand. Once we grasp that one, another new level is there for us to wrestle with for deeper understanding. The more we read, contemplate, discuss and explore the Bible, the deeper our understanding of God's Kingdom grows.
Sometimes what we take as granted in the Bible has not been 'peeled back' for someone else. We have to understand that we may see something as plain truth that others just may not grasp yet. We need to encourage others and let them come into that understanding in time.
Lord, Bring us to understanding of Your Will so that we may work towards the Kingdom. Grant us patience and love as we all grow together. Amen
Chad Ryberg firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: Those who seek truth and understanding.