Why Jesus Spoke In Parables.
t is a common teaching that the Messiah talked in parables to make it easier for the average person to understand Him. Is that really why He spoke in parables? He tells us why He used parables, and it appears to be for a different reason.
Jesus hid the truth about Salvation from the general society. He came to earth about 2000 years ago 'not' to set up His Kingdom; not at this time: John 18:36; Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
This was the same 'world' which Satan offered to Jesus while tempting Him in the wilderness (Matthew 4:8-9; Luke 4:5-7). Satan showed Jesus 'all the kingdoms' of this world in a moment of time. And he offered it 'all' to Jesus, together with all it's glory; but only if He would worship him.
Jesus said His kingdom was not of this world, or not of this age or era, but of the world to come. John reveals it as the time after the last trumpet is blown, which is after the great tribulation: Revelation 11:15; And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. While Jesus was on this earth He preached about the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.
As Satan stated; today's kingdom is his, to give to whom he pleases (whoever takes pleasure in his influential trappings): Luke 4:6; And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
The Messiah's first coming was 'not' to call all to Salvation, but to deliver His Father's message; the Gospel of the 'Kingdom of God'; the world to come. That message included the plan of salvation, to which He called but a select few for this era. That is why He always spoke in parables: Matthew 13:34; All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them.
He plainly told His disciples why He used parables: Mark 4:11-12; 11And 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: 12That 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 (Also Matthew 13:10-15).
Jesus preached to the world about the 'Kingdom of God' as a public witness. But He taught the truth about salvation and about His future governing of tomorrow's world (after His return to earth), only to a 'chosen few'; only those which His Father called onto Him (John 6:44, 65). That is why He never muscled His way into crowds, but would rather secretly steer away from them (Matthew 5:1; 8:18; 13:36; Mark 3:13; John 5:13; 7:10). It wasn't that He didn't have compassion for all the people, because he had. But as He made clear, this is not the time for salvation to be delivered to all of mankind. (I Know this is not the common teaching, and to fully understand we must learn the Truth about it from God's Word. And His true salvation plan is spelled out in the layout of His Holy Days. So to know God's true plan for mankind, we need to study His instructions, which are made clear by studying God's purpose for 'HIS' Holy Days and 'HIS' Feast Days.)
Jesus would often tell the people whom He healed not to tell others who had healed them (Matthew 8:4; 9:30; 12:16; Mark 3:12; 5:37, 43; 7:36). At that time He did not even want the public to know that He was the Messiah (Matthew 16:20; Mark 3:12). In God's true plan of salvation (after which He has depicted and ordained His Holy Feast Days), this common era is fulfilled upto Pentecost, which depicts God's calling out just a remnant, the late-spring/early-summer harvest; His firstfruits, which are being sanctified (set apart for His Holy purpose) and trained in this era to become His priests and saints to help Him rule and reign in the millennium after He returns to earth (The Feast of Trumpets); which occurs after the great tribulation (Revelation 20:4). This is when He delivers the new covenant which brings with it peace and salvation, to all those who died in Him, and those still alive in Him at that time.
This theme, and everything that will occur from there forward, is depicted by the late-summer/early-fall harvest festivals (The Feast of Trumpets, The Day of Atonement, The Feast of Tabernacles, and The Last Great Day). That is the time when salvation will be offered to the whole world, with Satan locked away, after which the Day of Atonement is depicted and ordained. That is when the 1000 year millennium will begin, when the majority of mankind will learn about the true salvation plan whereby many of His brethren will receive it; while Satan and His influences are locked away! This final gathering of the people from 'all' nations is foreshadowed by the 'Feast of Tabernacles'; which is depicted as the great late-summer/early-fall harvest. (All people, including Gentiles, that are not keeping this Holy Feast of God will go through a terrible extra-ordinary tribulation [Read Zechariah 14, Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28]).
And after that 1000 year period He will resurrect to mortal life all those who never had the chance to get to know the Messiah during their lifetime, and they will get a chance to choose between salvation which is offered only through the Messiah's ways; or death which is offered by Satan the deceiver's ways. The valley of dry bones of Ezekiel 37 is a part of these bodies that will be resurrected at this time. And that is why Satan will be brought into the world once more for approximately a 100 year period after the millennium; for to give all mankind 'ONE' opportunity to 'CHOOSE' between God (the Messiah's ways), or Babylon (Satan's ways). This is NOT a second chance, but every person ever born will have had a chance to choose; God is just and fair, beyond human comprehension. What a plan!!
hus God's plan of salvation resembles the seven day week of creation. The first six days have been, and still are, ruled by mankind which is influenced and governed by Satan. The seventh day (the millennium), resembles the seventh day Sabbath; the LORD's Day. This is the LORD's Day into which John was taken spiritually in Revelation 1:10 when Jesus showed to him all the things which are about to come to pass (also Mark 2:28; Joel 2:1; Zechariah 14). I hope you can understand it. As Peter says, one day is as a thousand years to God (2 Peter 3:8). Accordingly, the six day common era is drawing to it's close, with the seventh day (the Messiah's return), rapidly approaching.
Jesus thanked God His Father for hiding His Truths from theologians: Matthew 11:25; ....I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. He knows that theologians (the wise and prudent) are glory-seeking commandment breakers who take pride in perverting God's Truth in order to itch the ears in the pews, which is to man's destruction. On the contrary, babes search for Truth from the heart, wherefore God, as a Father, is motivated to reveal His Truth to them. That is why Jesus spoke in parables! GOD BLESS !!
http://corniebanman.com, 2011, Rev 2012. Bible quotes are from the KJV. All emphasis is mine.