One of Jesus’ most well-known parables is the parable of the seed and the sower. It’s chock-full of spiritual truths that can help us discern God’s character, our own character, the character of others in several ways, and the spiritual truths of how his kingdom works. It’s simple, yet at the same time complex.
After the Lord Jesus finished sharing it with the crowd in Luke 8, he ended by saying, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Most of the people just walked away without further inquiry of what he meant. His disciples, on the other hand, stuck around because they had a spiritual craving for more godly knowledge and asked him about the deeper meaning behind it. Jesus then replied:
Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. (Luke 8:10)
Jesus, who could see into the hearts of men, was keenly aware that his heavenly gospel would not attract the ordinary listener, but would be snubbed instead. Most hearers of his words would be so focused on earthly pursuits and preoccupations that having their souls healed God’s way would be pushed aside. So he spoke in veiled language to deliberately test the spirits of the hearers to divide the careless and indifferent from those who had a hunger for investigating God’s truths more thoroughly.
Those of us who genuinely seek the Lord just can’t be satisfied with a shallow glance at God’s word. He has placed the desire in us, as he did in his disciples in Luke 8, to probe further to draw out more from the endless well of God’s truth. When we genuinely pursue his hidden truths as a way to see if we line up with them, it is then that the Lord reassures us that it is his intent for us to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God. And little-by-little, precept upon precept, line upon line, he will reveal those mysteries to us when we are ready to receive them. It’s a joyous feeling of satisfaction and encouragement when he gives us such epiphanies to verify we are important and trustworthy enough to share his secrets with us.