“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.” ~ Matthew 13:10-13
When I first read this passage of scripture, I was a bit troubled as to what Jesus really meant by it as He spoke to those His closest followers, or as we would say the ones that were in His inner circle. But I did not have to ponder it too long! You see the mind is an extremely powerful thing, it holds incredible power and the word though spoken in a parable, is simply the product of a vision that Jesus holds for your life and mine.
Upon examination, the truth be told, the multitudes were the people who followed Jesus from a distance, not so much that they wanted Jesus for what He had in His heart (purity, light, holiness etc), but they were more after Jesus for what He had in His hands, that is, the blessings both tangible & intangible. Jesus further categorized the multitudes. (Mat.13:18-23) He says when some hear the word of the Kingdom, the truth is they do not understand it so the evil one comes and snatches it away for they never even took the time to spend in His presence that He could give them the understanding they need.
Then there are those who are plain out shallow, and both spiritually and morally bankrupt – not rooted and grounded in God’s word. They would gladly receive the word for they look for the quickest opportunity to get a quick fix and a high. But because the word did not sink deep into their hearts, they do not last long, they faint! When the heat comes (tribulation & persecution), because the word lack depth and strong roots these persons give up easily.
The third group Jesus says, hears the messages of the kingdom, but their worries about life and the love for the riches of the world choke the message so they do not bear fruits. I sensed Jesus’ pity for the multitudes by this time but the word must be fulfilled in them, that, by hearing they do not hear and understand and by seeing they shall see yet not perceive. If it were different then they would be turned to God and be healed and converted. (v 14-15)
By now I thought to myself Jesus must have something good to say about those of us whose hearts He has discerned as the true worshipers and those of us who are indeed His children that whether heat, sun, rain or cold, the valley or the wilderness and even the mountain top, we steadfastly serve His purpose. He says the seeds [word] when sown into the soil of our hearts, we not only hear the messages but we understand it, we live by it and so we bear much fruits! Not only that, He purposely speaks to the multitude in parables so that the knowledge and the secret mystery of the kingdom be not known to them but to us who spend the time in His presence to worship and adore Him! He says, from the multitudes I will take and even though you already have, I will give unto you more in abundance and bless you! From the ones who do not even have anything, Jesus says, because all power is in His hands, He will turn the “nothingness” of even those that do not have and make it into something and give to you in abundance! This is such a powerful truth!