Jesus Christ



48. Why did Jesus speak to the multitudes in parables?




Jesus spoke to the multitudes in parables because – as He Himself said to His disciples – to those who were outside it had not been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, therefore He spoke to them in parables so that seeing they might see and not perceive, and hearing they might hear and not understand, lest they should turn and their sins be forgiven them (Matthew 13:10-13; Mark 4:11-12; Luke 8:10).

Thus was fulfilled in them the prophecy of Isaiah, which says: “Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive; 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” (Matthew 13:14-15 - NKJV; Isaiah 6:9-10).