Unlocking Parables

Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.
You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of God.
But I use parables to teach the others so that the
Scriptures might be fulfilled:
‘When they look, they won’t really see.
When they hear, they won’t understand.’
Luke 8:8,10

Jesus, I don’t know how you did it. You told stories that bounced off the hearts of those who didn’t trust you and soaked into the hearts of those who did.

The same story. Each person hears his own version.

Ten people witness the same event. Each tells a different version of what happened. Go deeper: Ask each person to interpret what happened, then you get even wilder variations.

Maybe it’s not that complicated. When we trust a person we “hear them.” When we don’t, we don’t—we fabricate our own interpretation.

Henry Cloud says trust is the breath of life that connects us to each other. If we trust no one, we suffocate. If we trust everyone, we risk breathing toxic air. The wisdom lies in knowing who to trust and how much to trust them.

Trust is the key.

Over the past few years I’ve come to trust Jesus one hundred percent. I don’t need to filter or analyze what he says. Because I trust him, the Bible has direct access to my heart and mind, like an IV. I take it in, even when I don’t understand it.

I think many people don’t understand the Bible because they don’t trust God. So they strain the message through their human filters.

Perhaps that’s the secret of the parables.