Has This Ever Bothered You? ( Mark 4: 11-13, WYC ) by Carley Evans

11 And he said to them, To you it is given to know the private of the kingdom of God [To you it is given to know the mystery, or private, of the kingdom of God]. But to them that be withoutforth, all things be made in parables,

12 that they seeing see, and see not, and they hearing hear, and understand not; lest [that] sometime they be converted, and sins be forgiven to them.

13 And he said to them, Know not ye this parable? and how ye shall know all parables?

The implication in this exchange between Jesus and His disciples is that God hides certain truths from certain people lest those people “see” and “hear” and “understand” and “be converted” and have their “sins be forgiven to them.” At the beginning of His parable about seed (which is His Word), Jesus speaks of the birds of heaven eating the seed before it has a chance to sprout, which implies the same keeping from certain people certain truths.

Parables, says Jesus, are designed to hide truth not reveal it.

Why is this?

He asks His disciples, “Know you not this parable? And how shall you know all parables?”

And the answer?

Knowledge of God and His truth is a gift. Truth is hidden from everyone — from all people — unless God the Holy Spirit opens the eyes, the ears, the mind, the heart, the soul to that Truth.

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  1. We cannot know God’s Truth Carley without God’s wisdom and empowering which is for all who ask but how many ask and believe they have received. I have been told I’m arrogant and a know it all but do they want me to say God lies, that I don’t have His wisdom even though I asked for it. If people don’t believe and Trust God how can He give them His gifts they won’t ask for them with assurance of receiving them, so they will just keep asking or give up.

    Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

    James 1:5-6 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

    Luke 11:13 …..how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?

    1 Corinthians 2:9-16 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that Love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with Spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are Spiritually discerned. But he that is Spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the Mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? but we have the Mind of Christ.

    1John 2:26-28 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you but as the same anointing Teacheth you of all things, and is Truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath Taught you, ye shall abide in Him.

    Matthew 10:26-28 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops (KJV) perhaps our Computers.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

        1. lambskinny says:

          In the U.S. “hey” means “hi” or “hi there.”

          1. Hi Carley, good to catch up with you again, I found one of your comments on a Post of mine, that said I’m always welcome to visit you so I did.

            in Aussie Land Hey means … Hey can you hear me or Hey I’m talking to you but we also have other differences, we use a U in some of our words like Saviour the same as it is in the K.J.V but you don’t and we also consider Oh My God as taking The Lord’s name in vain but one American Blogger told me he was just saying Oh My Goodness so perhaps that is the same with others who write OMG.

            Blessings – Anne.

  2. lambskinny says:

    “Knowledge of God and His truth is a gift.” — and that gift is from God, available to all who seek it. That’s what Jesus is telling His disciples.

    1. Yes very True Carley, it is a gift, Jesus tells us to Seek, Ask and Knock but sadly many don’t do this or do they know what to ask for so they can understand God’s Truth and have His wisdom and knowledge in all things.

      Matthew 7:7-11 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

      Luke 11:9-10 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.(KJV)

      Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

      Matthew 10:26-28 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in Light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops (KJV) perhaps our Computers.

      Christian Love in Christ Jesus – Anne.

      1. lambskinny says:

        How will they seek if they are not told what to look for? Blessings, Anne. Carley

        1. They have been told Carley, they just don’t listen with their heart.

          Romans 1:19-22 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of Him from the Creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.(KJV)

          Jeremiah 29:12-13 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.(KJV)

          1John 2:26-28 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you but as the same anointing Teacheth you of all things, and is Truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath Taught you, ye shall abide in Him.

          Blessings – Anne

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