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    Why Do You Speak to Them in Parables?

    Matt 13:9-16

    He who has ears, let him hear.

    And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?"

    Jesus answered them, "To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted."

    "For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.

    "Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.

    "In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,
    YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND;
    YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE;
    FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL,
    WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR,
    AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES,
    OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES,
    HEAR WITH THEIR EARS,
    AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN,
    AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.'

    "But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear." (Matt 13:9-16)


    Matt 11:27
    27"All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

    The words of Jesus Christ in all their glory and solemnity.

    Posted by John on April 11, 2006 02:15 PM

    Comments

    Love this John.

    Thanks for directing me to think through this particular "why" again...

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