In every parable of scriptures are packages of wisdom. Jesus spoke to this end in Mark 4:11 when he told his disciples, "And he said unto them, Unto you, it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables".
Parables are meant to conceal the wisdom of God that only the understanding heart can unravel. Deuteronomy 29:29 tells us, "The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law". In other words, whatever is concealed belongs to God and whatever is revealed belongs to men and through the power of revelation we are able to walk in the laws of the lord. God conceals his mysteries so that we can grow by the process of searching for them. These mysteries are concealed so that we can find them, they are hidden to be revealed.
Proverbs 25:2 throws more light on this, "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter". There is honor in searching out that which is concealed. Revelation brings honor! This is the honor that God wants to become ours as we search out the mysteries of his word! This was the intent of the masters in using parables to speak and teach, for those who are not given, those who are without the kingdom, its just another fable. But for those that are within the kingdom inside every parable of scriptures are packages of wisdom!
"It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter". There is honor in searching out that which is concealed. Revelation brings honor!
In one of the most popular parables of scriptures, Jesus spoke on the power of understanding the word. The parable of the sower has always been a fascinating one to me while growing up and it is about the most important parable. In another place where this parable of sower was narrated, Mark 4:13, Jesus asked the disciples if you don't know this parable how will you know other parables? This parable is the master parable, unlocking it's treasures is the key to unlocking other treasures in the parables of the master and indeed all the blessings of the kingdom! Let's read Matthew 13:1-11, 18-19, 23
"The same day went Jesus out of the house and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 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....Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side....But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."
Clearly, when you read Matthew 13 you will see that it is understanding that grants us access to the treasures in the word. Three verses I will pick from this passage, verse 18-21 Which shows us that without understanding the word does not take root in our heart! And whatever is not rooted downward cannot bear fruit upward(2Kings 19:30) We must have roots in the word in other to bear fruits in life and It is understanding that gets the word rooted in our heart!
And then in verse 23, the master makes us understand further, the depth of every man's understanding determines their level of results. According to the master, results vary according to the level of understanding, some brought forth 30, 60, and some 100! This tells us that we may hear the same word and not produce the same level of result, what determines each one level of spiritual productivity is their depth of understanding! Our depths in the word determines our levels in the world! And depth in the word is determined by understanding. The more we understand the word the deeper we understand God and the more we know God the more of his power we experience in our lives!
This is why despite all that Paul knew he still prayed in Ephesians 1:16-19 for God to open the eyes of his understanding. And this is one prayer that should become our daily prayer too: Lord grant me a deeper understanding of your word!
THE DEPTHS OF OUR UNDERSTANDING IS WHAT DETERMINES THE LEVEL OF OUR RESULTS! Therefore it is not enough to understand the word, we must deeply understand the word! Understanding is what brings to fore the hidden traesures in the word!
WHEN OUR UNDERSTANDING IS DEEP OUR RESULT WILL BE GREAT!
This new month will bring greater results our way on the platform of renewed and deeper understanding of the word! Amen!