Scripture: When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that,“ ‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!’” Mark 4:10-12 NIV
Observation: Jesus is talking to his disciples about teaching with parables.
Application: I need some help. I have never understood these passages. To me they say that Jesus has some people that he wants saved and others that he wants to make sure are never forgiven. I can’t believe that this is a correct understanding. So what do these passages mean? Please keep your answer simple. No deep, deep theology please. You can answer as a comment here or you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will post the answer or answers, if there aren’t too many, for others to read. Thank you.
Prayer: Father, I don’t always understand your word so I must rely on a brother or sister for help. That is why the church is what it is. There is an “ear” or a “knee” out there that does understand and can explain so that we can all learn. Thank you Lord. Amen