We Withhold From Ourselves

Matthew 13:10-15

The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables:

“Though seeing, they do not see;
    though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
    you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
For this people’s heart has become calloused;
    they hardly hear with their ears,
    and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’

 

The Disciples of Christ asked why he was teaching the masses in parables, which for many, were difficult to understand.  They wondered why Christ did not tell all the followers and all the leaders of his coming, his purpose, and the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Jesus tells his disciples that only they have been given the secrets to the Kingdom of Heaven. Why? Why have they been given this knowledge? Why is Christ passing it directly to them?  Because these twelve have cleared their hearts of worldly desires.  They have forsaken all possessions and family to follow and learn from Christ.  They are truly seeking the Kingdom of Heaven by divesting themselves of all worldly things in order to seek God.  They have chosen to be the individual that God has made them and to try and be the most righteous individual that they can be.  But even with this amount of devotion and commitment they will fall short.

Christ talks about those who are not disciples in verse 11:

…but to them is has not been given…

Does Christ say this because he holds some sort of grudge against “them”?

Well first off, who are “them”?

“Them” are those who have not forsaken anything worldly, those whose hearts are hard, those who don’t want to listen to anything that contradicts their worldly beliefs and desires.  So Christ is not the reason the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven are not given to them.

They are the reason, the individual who chooses not to seek and find righteousness and truth.  Each person, each individual makes the choice to block this out and seek worldly desires and pleasures.  Christ and God withhold nothing.

This is what Christ dealt with 2000 years ago and we still deal with it today.

Isaiah prophesied this hundreds of years before Christ.  In Chapter 13, Verses 14 and 15 of Matthew, Christ quotes Isaiah:

“Though seeing, they do not see;
    though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
    you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
For this people’s heart has become calloused;
    they hardly hear with their ears,
    and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’

And so it is today.

With the constant barrage of information, worldly information, and the constant manipulation of our desires, our hearts have grown dull.  We are filled with the world until our senses are numb.  We are trained to hear what we want to hear, see what we want to see and all else is discarded.

Until we as individuals, not a group or part of some organization, or part of some demographic, but as individuals put aside worldly desires, agendas and prejudices, will we be able to see the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven.   Until we do that we will always see and hear the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven as a story we don’t understand.

It is not Christ withholding the information from us.  It is us withholding it from ourselves.

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