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Matthew 13:1-23, Parables of Jesus/Parables of Life

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

Then the disciples came and asked him, ‘Why do you speak to them in parables?’ He answered, ‘To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
— Matthew 13:10-11

NL Daily Devotion for Saturday, March 2, 2019

by Daniel D. Maurer, Clergy Stuff


In the simplest terms, I believe what Jesus is telling his disciples in this story is that he uses parables so that those who think they are wise will not understand.

It’s strange; I could never figure out why Jesus seems to obfuscate everything. I mean . . . why doesn’t he just come out and say exactly what he means to say? But, perhaps, he does not do this because that’s not the way God functions.

God functions within parables & story—albeit sometimes very strange stories—for the very reason because God created human beings to live in relationship and through those stories. If you’ve ever read any of my books, you’ll know that one point comes out loud and clear, that human beings are story creatures.

So, Jesus hides the simplest truth of God’s grace to those who are “wise” and reveals it to children and those living in the story of the Good News.

Dear God, thank you for entering into my story. Keep me always questioning and striving to live in it with you. Amen.