Oct 092020
 

[Jesus] said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God . . .” (Luke 8:10a)

There are (at least) two great ironies at play here as Jesus explains the Parable of the Sower to his followers. First, it seems a little counterintuitive, but Jesus tells his disciples that he speaks in parables in order to let them in on “the secrets of the kingdom of God” (v. 10a) and so that others might neither perceive nor understand (v. 10b). It seems to me that it would make more sense for Jesus to let everyone in on the secrets of the kingdom so that everyone would perceive, understand, and work for the good of God’s ways. But that’s where the second irony comes into play. Jesus leaves it to us to continue to the work of scattering seed so that everyone might someday perceive, understand, and work for the good of God’s ways. We’ve been given the secrets of God’s kingdom so that we might share it with others. – rc

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