All Passages Below Are From Matthew
Can anyone explain this?
13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
13:11 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.
13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias (Isaiah) , which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
13:15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Here’s Our Take On This
re 13:11 – some are predestined to be “GIVEN” knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but it had not been given to those to whom Jesus spoke in parables.
re 13:12 – IF you have been predestined, you have it made, if not; not only will you have little, but what little you have will be taken away.
re 13:13 – IF they have not been predestined, there’s no point in speaking straight cookies to them, so Jesus will just tell them a cute “coded” story.
re 13:14 – We know this is right because the prophet Isaiah told us how this nonsense would play out.
re 13:15 – So, those who have not been predestined have been given dull ears and closed eyes lest Jesus should have to heal them.
Matthew manages to justify almost every one of his assertions with reference to prophecy – here Isaiah. He makes it up our of whole cloth. None of the prophecies were for his time.