“The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. This is why I speak to them in parables: Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand (Matthew 13:10-13).”
The disciples of Jesus are curious. They’ve listened to their Lord communicate with the crowds and the religious rulers and have noticed something peculiar. He has a tendency to teach in a sort of code language. So they inquire, “Why do you always speak in parables (Matthew 13:10)?”
His answer is pretty straightforward, “Your Heavenly Father has some secrets that He has chosen to share with you, but those secrets aren’t for everyone.” By speaking in parables, Jesus unfolded secrets to those who were supposed to hear them and to hide those very same secrets from those who weren’t.
Why would God keep secrets? While it is a hard thing to hear, He does this so that those who are unspiritual, “in the flesh,” will be kept in the dark. This is why Jesus quoted the prophet Isaiah, “Because these people’s hearts and minds have become calloused, deaf, and blind, I will speak and act in their midst, but they will never see or hear Me.”
Jesus’ words here remind us of Paul’s in his letter to the Romans. There, he taught that because people choose to suppress the knowledge of the Creator and choose to worship the created instead, God grants the people their desires (Romans 1-3). He steps back and lets them have what they want… to be ignorant of His presence. They can’t see, nor can they hear, because they don’t want to.
But to His children, Jesus tells us that God is desirous of sharing His heart with us. God keeps secrets so that He might exclusively reveal them at the proper time to those they were intended for. He unveils the truths of His kingdom to those whose hearts zealously seek Him.
The power of Jesus’ parables is such that they can reach those intended but still be hidden from those without receptive ears. Isn’t that true of God’s Word entirely?
Do you hear Him speaking today? He tells us that He is longsuffering, not willing for you to perish (2 Peter 3:9). Won’t you come to Him today? He longs to tell you of His love for you. So great does He love you that He became a man and dwelt among us, tempted and tried as we are, yet remained sinless, and went to a cross and died there for our sin. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, arose victoriously from the grave and offers life to all who will come to Him. Won’t you turn to Him now. He is speaking…
Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts… (Hebrews 3:7)