In Jesus’ Words: Speaking in Parables (Matthew 13:10-17)
Not many things pass the test of time. Fads quickly come and go. Languages evolve. Styles change. But storytelling has always remained constant. Two thousand years ago Jesus told parables to the people, and those stories are still memorable and relevant today. Almost everyone has heard them in some form. We cannot say the same about most other things. But it was not a common practice in Jesus’ time to speak in parables. The disciples began to ask Jesus why he was spoke in such a way. In fact, they often questioned Jesus about why he did certain things, especially things that seemed contrary to the current thinking or way of life.
Why did Jesus do what he did and say what he said?
The only explanation is that He must have known something that we did not. Something we could not see.
If someone had insight into heaven, knew the past and the future, knew God’s will intimately and had been there from the beginning, then that person would most certainly act differently and speak differently. Otherwise they would be a fraud.
Why did Jesus agree to die the humble death that he did on the cross, when his power was already well-known through his miracles of healing the sick and raising the dead? Even the people watching at the cross wondered why he didn’t just come down. The reason: He knew something more than just what was happening at that moment.
~ Matthew 13:10-17 Jesus speaking in parables ~
Isaiah also must have had knowledge of something more. Do you want to know what God is like? Isaiah 51-58 gives a wonderful insight into God’s view, the past and the future, a hope and a warning.