A parable is a teaching with a hidden meaning, for it takes meditating and study to learn the true meaning of a writing. Jesus taught many parables and disclosed to His disciples that those who were truly of Him would understand the mystery of the kingdom of God and those who were without the teaching is done in parables. (Mark 4:10-12). And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
The previous passages shows us just how important it is for God to protect what He holds most sacred, and how He just as us do not like one who lies or deceives and unless their heart turns to Him in a sincerity will they be converted and their sins be forgiven.
This same lesson was spoken of in Isaiah’s vision when he understood he was a man of unclean lip’s and was surrounded by the same, and then was he purged of his sin and would be sent to a people that would hear and not understand or see yet not perceive. He was told to continue to speak Gods word to the people even till the land is no more. (Isaiah 6:5-11). Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,
We see that later in the time of Jesus that Isaiah’s vision was a prophecy that had come to pass as we read in Matthew of just how blessed are the eyes that see and the ears that do hear. His people hear and understand to this day! (Matthew 13:14-17). And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.