Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet:
“I will open my mouth in parables,
I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”
Matthew 13 : 34 – 35
This short passage is an explanation of why Jesus spoke in parables or stories, and Matthew takes care to tie the answer back to the prophecies of the Old Testament. He points out that Jesus is following a practice that was foreseen for him, a technique that was common as a way of illustrating and communicating subtle truths about the nature of God and God’s plan for the world. We’re still discussing and benefiting from those stories, 2000 years on – they’re vivid, human and memorable, and they tell us a lot about how everyday life can help us understand what God is like. Parables and stories, from the Bible and our own lives, allow us to illustrate and understand God’s work in our lives.
Prayer: Lord, we praise and thank you for the parables and Bible stories that have taught us so much about you. Shine your light of understanding on them for us, so that they help us understand how you’re working in our time and in our lives. Amen
Action: Think about a story from your own life that helped you to understand or learn something about God, and maybe tell it to someone.