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Why did Jesus use parables to teach the people?

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INTRODUCTION:

1. Why did Jesus use Parables to teach the people?

Matthew 13:11–17 NKJV
11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; 15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.’ 16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; 17 for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

A. The Answer is two fold.

1. Gospel was first given to the Jews

Romans 1:16 NKJV
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

2. Jesus wanted only those Jews that chose to understand.

BODY:

1. THE GOSPEL WAS FIRST GIVEN TO THE JEWS.

A. The Great Commission had not be given.

B. The Limited Commission of was still in affect.

C. Cornelius was the first recorded Gentile to be converted.

2. JESUS WANTED ONLY THOSE JEWS THAT CHOSE TO UNDERSTAND.

A. The parables are not impossible to understand.

1. All one must do to understand the parables is seek the answer.

Matthew 6:33 NKJV
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

A. If a person is seeking the truth they will find it.

John 8:32 NKJV
32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
1. The truth was there for people that want to find it but hidden from those that don’t really want to find.
2 Thessalonians 2:10 NKJV
10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2. All we have to have to understand the parables is a love for truth.
3. God’s word which the parable are a part of is truth.
John 17:17 NKJV
17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

3. LASTLY JESUS SPOKE TO THEM IN PARABLES BECAUSE IT FULFILLED PROPHECY.

Psalm 78:1–2 NKJV
1 Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old,
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