16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it. Matthew 13:16-17
What was it like to hear the Master personally tell the parables?
Did He add nuances to the parable each time He told it?
He probably told the stories over and over again for a variety of audiences throughout His three-year ministry.
By the time of His death, His disciples probably knew the parables inside and out.
That was the point. It has been said that repetition is the mother of learning.
Jesus was telling the parables to the people, yes, but they were also designed to train His disciples.
Of course, we weren’t there so much of this is speculation. What’s not speculation, however, are the truths within parables themselves.
We can still learn a great deal from them.
In the next few days we will be treated to quite a few of these parables. Read them slowly and consider the truths they are teaching us.
Ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate the Word of God for you so that you’ll be able to get more from them than you normally would.
The Word of God is powerful and can change us every day if we let it.