Today we have the parable of the sower from Mark 4:1-20 and Jesus explanation of this to the disciples.
At one point Jesus says that he teaches in parables so that those outside the circle “may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand, lest they should turn and be forgiven.” This is an interesting reason, wouldn’t Jesus want those outside to understand what He was saying so that they may all turn and be forgiven? I mean John 3:16 says that God so loved the WORLD that he gave his only begotten son so that whosoever believe in him can have eternal life. and 3:17 Indeed God did not send his sin into the world to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through him… so wouldn’t Jesus want them to understand?
That got me thinking about the last statement in the explanation of the parable, “ But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” Are you the good soil? And if you are have you ever seen your actions bear fruit thirty, sixty or a hundred fold. If you have that is great but I’m sure there are many of us who have done wonderful work in the kingdom, but have not perceived the work we have done. Or have not understood everything we have done and what impact it has had on the kingdom.
We sometimes see what is in from t of us, but that is really not what we need to be seeing. We do not perceive what we need to actually be seeing or understanding. It is not because we are dense (well not always) it is because we are looking with our eyes and not the eyes of Jesus. We are not seeing things as God sees them, but as we want them to be.
So the parables are meant to keep the outsiders from understanding, or perceiving, but how much do we actually perceive or understand the kingdom? We do not make the soil what it is, we live in a way that we can be used, not always understanding how or why just being who God called us to be…