Why did Jesus speak in parables? What was their purpose?
The word parable means to “cast alongside” something else, so Jesus used parables in His teachings in this manner. He would cast out a truth alongside an earthly story. Sometimes their purpose was to hide the meaning; sometimes it was to make it plain, but Jesus used parables as an earthly story about a heavenly concept. He was trying to explain the Kingdom of God, so He used physical examples that the people would be familiar with. This was His way of illustrating profound spiritual truths, and they were often tied to the Word of God,…
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