In his book Stories with Intent, Klyne Snodgrass explains that in the parables, "nothing is hidden except that it should be made clear; that is, nothing is placed in parables except in order to reveal. The parables hide in order to reveal."
Whether it be profound truths concerning the nature of God's character or the function of the Kingdom of God, the hardness of the human heart or the powerful, counterintuitive nature of love, the parables seek to clarify and reveal.
In an age of confusion, doubt, and a desperate hunger for truly good news, the parables are food for thought. More than this, these teachings of Jesus are a continuation of the work of the Old Testament prophets, calling the people--calling you and me--to hear and to see. To recognize our need to turn (again and again) to the Lord God; to reorient our hearts to the Kingdom and its King; and to know what it means to live rightly as God's redemptive, renewing work in the world continues to unfold.
Though it sometimes takes effort to find the meaning and understand the parables--the answers don't come as easily as a google search--the rewards are great. Though the answers and truths unveiled in Jesus' teachings are not always easy to swallow, they are for our eternal good, our joy, the flourishing of humanity, and the glory of God.
This spring, we are taking time to study these parables. I hope that you might consider joining us this (and every) Tuesday at 7PM in the Memorial Union (Room 3517) as we discuss what Jesus' teachings tells us about life, love, and the Kingdom of God. And I pray that having ears, you may hear, and having eyes, you might see, the truth, beauty, and goodness of the Christ and His word to us.
If you have any questions, please contact Tyler Helfers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 515.518.6072.