Did Jesus Expect the Disciples to Understand the Parables in Mark Chapter 4?

Nov 11th, 2009 | By | Category: Questions You Ask (click for the full answer)

Did Jesus expect the Disciples to understand the parables in Mark chapter 4?

Yes!, and if they didn’t they they were to ask. God is a rewarder of those who Diligently seek Him! So if we don’t understand something, we need to apply ourselves to finding the answer, and if need be fast and pray as did Daniel when he earnestly wanted to know what his prophecies meant.

But as we can see in the last text quoted,  he expected them to understand the parables. He gave them interpretations of several of the parables, because they asked, and they were supposed to use those keys to unlock the other parables.

In the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares, we are told the field is the world, that also holds true for the other parables, such as the pearl of great price, the sower and so forth. Besides teaching a lesson, these parables are also prophetic in nature. The parable of the Wheat and the Tares tells what would happen after the Aposltes had died, and brings us right up to our day, when the wheat (true Christians) will be separated from the tares (false Christians), in the “harvest which is the end of the Age.” The parable of the Good Samaratin tells about Jesus, who bound up the man left for dead by paying the “Ransom” and he pays ahead for when he will return (his second coming). The parable of the treasure has nothing to do with giving all your money to the church, it pictures Jesus who gave his all to buy the field (world), but he main desire was for the treasure (his bride, his jewels).

And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.  (Luk 8:9-10)

And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. (Mat 13:10-16)

And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? (Mar 4:10-13)

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