" This is why I speak to them in parables:
"Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand." "
-Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand-
We look at what the Lord shows us, hear what he says, but we do not understand. Parables, then, cause us to think. By speaking to us in parables we realise that we do not understand everything-that there is still more to be received by God's words and actions. It causes us to look closer at everything, comparing all actions to already known parables and thinking of every action as a parable. This means that each action made by Jesus now holds more weight than it had originally.
"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."
What these people have or do not have is faith. Thus, not understanding the words of God and his parables shows that we do not yet know God. Yet, those who already do have faith in the Lord Jesus will understand, and, by understanding, will grow stronger in their faith towards God and will be given knowledge, hope, and mercy in abundance through him.
What then is taken away? Those who do not truly know the Lord, will not understand, and, by not understanding, will realize how far they have come from Him and how little they understand the world and the heavens as a whole. This, then, makes the person aware that they are missing something.
As you cannot miss what you are not aware that you are missing, the people lived without being aware that there was anything wrong with how they were living. Yet, by speaking through parables they are forced to realize that there is some part of their lives that is not yet whole and they, in turn, feel a sort of emptiness because of that. Thus, in a sense, something is 'taken' from them, and the completeness that they once had in their live is shown to not be complete, and therefore, what they had-their comfortability-is taken away, and they are left with nothing.
Is this, then, a harsh act by the Lord? No, for as soon as one realises that they are missing something they begin to search for it; as soon as one realises that they are not whole they then seek fulfillment. Thus, by taking this sense of completeness from us, the Lord then brings us closer to God. He illustrates us that we are missing something, causing the false sense of fullfillment to be replaced by a true one, and allowing those who were not yet searching for redemption to move towards it, and, eventually, have the chnace of finding it.
Thus Jesus helps to bring the World to God not by showing them what they already have and reiterating it, byt by showing them that there is more to life and causing their faith to be renewed by searching for further fullfillment through the Word, both new and old.
By the time of Jesus, the old testament had already existed for a time, and, understandably, the follwers of God had grown egotistical, thinking that they knew everything and had found everything.
"In them is fullfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
"You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be seeing but never perceiving;
for this people's heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
And turn, and I would heal them." "
Thus the people had grown too comfotable. Jesus showed them what they were missing, made them once again humble, and renewed knowledge of their humanity.
they must realise that they needed a nsavior, that they were not-we are not-perfect. That without God we cannot be saved, we cannot save ourselves.
They had grown comfortable with their religion and, because of that, the obvious was no longer as such. they had to hear things differently to realise that their is more to be gotten from the pervious words and actions of God; had to be confused to realise what they were missing, or, rather, that they were missing something. They needed to be shown that their religion was far from refined-far from perfected. That over time they had grown further than they could have imagined from the Word and from God. They were mistaking the sould behind the celestial and the heart behind the acts of the Lord.
-Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even whaqt he has will be taken from him.-
What they had was their religion. Those who look to humanity and to human wisdom to understanding the verses will come to little or nothing. God, then, in the form of Jesus Christ our Lord, makes them realise how they were misled, taking away their faith and wisdome and leaving them with nothing.
But those who search will then be shown more. Thoe who look towards God will be given both faith, knowledge and understading. Therefore we must Pray because that is the communication left between us and God and meditate over his word in such a way so that we will receive answers and, in turn will be shown the truth.
Summary: There is always more to be found if we seek. thus, we must keep seeking and, by doing so, will end up in abundance. The seeking is started by the parables, thus, the Lord gives by, at first, taking away.
Thus the parables start something that works like this:
Base: We, as humans, have grown comfortable in our world and beleifs.
Phase 1: We realise by being confused by the words that we are missing something important.
Phase 2: Realising that we are empty we search for fullfillment and find it through the Lord.
Phase 3: As we continue to search we continue to ge given truth and understanding, bringing us closer to God.
Phase 4: As our faith grows what is most important is our closeness to him and, thus, being brough ever closer to him and to heaven we find our life in abundance.