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The Secret Message

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I read in a chapter of Italian history of a poor girl in a dungeon, on a damp floor, in a dark room, with scanty fare, her life ebbing out. One year she stays, three years she stays, six years she stays; and after the sixth year there is a corpse on the marble floor. They throw i … More

Secrecy

As the disciples noticed a change in Jesus’ method of teaching they came and asked Him why He was speaking in parables. The Lord gave them three reasons:

  1. To make known to them the secrets of the kingdom of heaven (vv. 11-12). This referred to truths not revealed in the Old Testament about His reign on earth. Many Old Testament prophets had predicted that the Messiah would deliver Israel and establish His kingdom on earth.
  2. To hide the  truth from  unbelievers (v.11). The secrets of the kingdom would be given to the disciples, but would be hidden from the religious leaders who rejected Him; “but to them it is not given”. Thus they carried a judgmental aspect.
  3. To fulfill Isaiah 6:9-10 that people would not understand his message (vv. 13-15). He preached the Word of God and many people saw but they did not understand. By contrast the disciples were privileged to hear and understand truths that people in the Old Testament times longed to know (v. 17).

Application

What did the disciples see and hear that the prophets longed to see and hear? What new insight has God given to me about himself and yourself in the last year. What spiritual truth have you applied in your life in the past month?

Matthew 13:10-17 (English Standard Version)

Then the disciples came and said to him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?" And he answered them, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: "'You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive. For this people's heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.' But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it."

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