As we move into chapter 8, Jesus will be speaking in parables quite a bit. In fact, some of the most familiar and beloved of His parables are found right here in Luke, yet sometimes they aren’t easy for us to understand. It is important for us to recognize that Jesus is doing this on purpose for as hard as it may be for us to understand, not everyone is His intended audience.
Does that surprise you?
Look at our text today which is Luke’s account of the Parable of the Sower, one of those familiar and beloved parables. Skip down to 8:8b… right there at the end…
“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
Does that mean that some don’t have ears to hear? In the next paragraph we find the answer to the question:
His disciples asked him what this parable meant. He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,
“‘though seeing, they may not see;
though hearing, they may not understand.’ (8:9-10)
So there are people out there who will never “get it”. After this, Jesus explained the parable to the disciples (8:11-15) and guess what the point of the parable is…?
Some people will never really “get it”.
If I were an “old school” preacher, this is where I’d play the “us” and “them” card: Aren’t we wonderful, aren’t they nasty…
I am not however, and “old school” preacher. It’s just that for a variety of reasons a lot of people don’t want to hear about Jesus. Personally, I think this is a very sad situation, and I wish that everyone would accept His grace, but that isn’t the way of love. As strange as it may sound, God loves us so much, that He allows us to make our own decisions, even when it comes to whether or not we will follow Him. Of course there are always consequences to the decisions we make, and this will result in many not receiving grace at all; think about how much grief that must cause for God!
Even so, love never forces itself on anyone.