Friday, 11 October 2019
Luke 8:10 Jesus said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that 'seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.'
Luke here has Jesus quote from Isaiah's famous vision (Isaiah 6:9) to answer the disciples' question about the parable of the sower. But it's important to see it in context and hear what Jesus is saying and what He isn't saying.
He is saying that while the disciples get Jesus' insider explanation of what the parable means, those outside their circle only hear the parable. But let's split the 'outside' group into two parts. The first - and, probably, by far the majority - will hear the parable and dismiss it as simply a story. Whether they think it is beneath them, we cannot tell, but the result is that although they hear, they do not understand what it means and how it applies to them. The second group is made up of people who will hear the parable and, after some time of thinking and praying about it, will understand in the same way as the disciples after hearing Jesus' explanation. Jesus is not saying that everyone outside His group of disciples will be prevented from seeing and understanding; He is simply saying that most people - hearing only what they think to be a story - will choose to dismiss it and so fail to see and hear its meaning.
Do you see and hear, or do you see and hear?