Mat 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
A parable is a story that represents a moral or spiritual truth. It may be understood in the natural and with meditation it is understood by the spirit. Even his disciples didn't understand why he spoke in parables. They did not yet have the indwelling spirit of God , still they were willing to be disciples. Many are not even willing to try to understand. These are why he spoke in parables.
Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
The understanding of the mysteries of the kingdom are for those that God has chosen to be his people. What a privilege to be chosen for his kingdom. Who are the chosen? Whosoever will believe. Do you understand in your heart? Do you believe in Jesus as Lord?
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Seeing is Believing
Mat 13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Being connected to Jesus, brings the knowledge of God and the blessings of God. Being separated and not wanting an understanding of God's word and wisdom will make you spiritually destitute. It is the thief, the devil who comes "to steal and to kill and to destroy."(John 10:10) It is the liar that places lies in the children of disobedience.
Mat 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
People who will not hear from God, who would rather mock his word or block it's hearing for others, may sit quietly and listen to a parable thinking it interesting, but to them it remains just a story. We are to dig deeper and find the truth that the parable story represents. It is tragic when a church service becomes stories that entertain because people are satisfied with stories more than the meat of God's word.
1Pe 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
Parables and illustrations can make people want to hear, but how much better is it to hunger for the meat of God's wisdom and understanding?
Heb 5:13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
Heb 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
I want more of God, how about you?