Posts Tagged ‘Jesus explains His parables’

Mark 4:10-20 Why The Parables

Sitting at Jesus' feet

Sitting at Jesus’ feet

We are joining Jesus today for an intimate explanation of His teaching methods and His parables. The crowd is gone and it is just His close followers, including His disciples, who will get to sit at His feet and learn the deeper meaning to His stories. Times like these were few and far between. I’m sure each of the regular attendees cherished these quiet times together with Jesus.

Once the crowd is gone, the first thing Mark reports Jesus being asked is, “Why the parables?” Jesus answer was simple. So the masses wouldn’t really understand what was being taught. The masses had a role to play in God’s plan. They, as a society, had to reject Jesus. If they truly understood all He was saying, they would have turned to God for forgiveness of their sins. It is not that Jesus wants to damn them all to hell, but that He wants them to wait until the right time for their understanding and turning. Read more »

Matthew 15:12-20 Jesus Explains What Defiles the Body

Out of the heart the mouth speaks

Out of the heart the mouth speaks

Jesus has just finished another encounter with the Pharisees. His final remarks to them were, “It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person” (verse 11). The Pharisees left after hearing this but they made their feelings known on the matter during their exit.

Jesus’ disciples came to Him right after the Pharisees departure. I’m assuming it was Peter, since he was most often the spokesperson for the group, asked Jesus a strange question. He said, “Do you know the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” (verse 12). No! Say it ain’t so! Sorry, couldn’t resist that. Of course Jesus knew this offended the Pharisees. Read more »

Matthew 13:36-43 Jesus Explains the Parable of the Two Seeds

Spoiler Alert! Jesus WINS

Spoiler Alert! Jesus WINS

Jesus has left the crowd He was teaching. He and His disciples have retreated into the house. I wonder how hard it is for Jesus to leave the crowds. Just thinking about it reminds me of someone being mobbed by reporters. There is always one more question. One more person who wants a minute more of the interviewee’s time. I don’t know how He did it. I know Jesus has patients with all of us now but what was it like then? I know He had patients then too, but was there ever an end to “one more question” or “one more healing?” No wonder He sent the disciples out to minister too. Otherwise He would have been constantly exhausted. Yes, He was God, but He was also human and had to live within those limitations.

Sorry, got sidetracked. Back to today’s point. Once inside the house, His disciples had “one more question.” You were so patient Jesus. You didn’t even let out a frustrated remark (or not one that Matthew recorded anyway) when asked to explain the parable. I wonder why Jesus’ disciples didn’t ask for all the other parables to be explained too. That would have come in handy yesterday. Again, I digress. Read more »