10 His disciples came and asked him, “Why do you use parables when you talk to the people?” 11 He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. 12 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. 13 That is why I use these parables, For they look, but they don’t really see. They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand. Matthew 13:10-13 (NLT)

Jesus’ disciples wanted to understand why Jesus spoke in these stories and why only some people can understand it. Those who want to learn more about Jesus and His words, will. They will ask questions and truly listen. In this Jesus clearly states there is a difference between looking and seeing, between hearing and listening. Everyone has the same opportunity to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, just some people are more open to it.

Action Steps: What are some ways you can work on understanding the Bible this week? Make a list and do at least three items on it this week.

The Parable