In His teaching Jesus utilised stories. This not only awakened interest almost immediately but also served to hold the attention of those who listened. It is a method which helps to impress truth indelibly on the mind.
1. Why did Jesus speak in parables?
“And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.” Matthew 13:10-13
NOTE: When He taught in parables, those who wanted to know what Christ taught could easily understand. However, His method of using parables made it easy to veil the truth from the enemies who wanted to condemn Him.
2. Where did Christ get the stories He related?
Generally,His stories were taken from nature, the things with which His hearers were acquainted. He talked about the tares (Matthew 13:24-30), the barren fig tree (Luke 13:6-9), the lost sheep (Matthew 18:12-14), the sower (Mark 4:3-9), the mustard seed (Luke 13:18, 19), and the fig tree (Matthew 24:32, 33). Many of his other parables had to do with the various experiences of such as labourers in the vineyard (Matthew20:1-16), the ten virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), or the houses on the rock and the sand (Luke 6:47-49)
3. Did Jesus often teach in parables?
“All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them.” Matthew 13:34.
NOTE: As Jesus taught in parables He was fulfilling a prophecy mentioned in Psalm 78:2 in which David had foretold Christ’s use of this method of teaching.
4. To understand truth what basic principle did Jesus mention?
“If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine,whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority.” John 7:17.
NOTE: Onetime Jesus asked the question, “Why do you not understand My speech?” Then He gave the answer: “Because you are not able to listen to My word.” John 8:43. A prerequisite to understanding truth is commitment and dedication to God. “He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.” John 8:47.
Remember that most parables teach one truth. Years later His hearers could see some of the things Christ used in His parables and then remember His teaching. Parable teaching caused the people to ask questions. Christ’s method appealed to all classes of people.