The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”
(Matthew 13:10 NIV)

The parable paints a portrait with heavenly meaning using an earthly story. The common element of all parables is that they use everyday experiences to draw a comparison with the truth about the Kingdom of God. The Lord Jesus purposely taught in this manner to prompt His disciples to draw closer to Him and encourage dialogue when they asked questions. Through dialogue people develop a relationship and Jesus desires to have a genuine relationship with His people. Through investigation comes learning and Jesus wants His people to have an unforgettable learning experience in order to grow spiritually themselves and to be able to competently instruct others in the truth of the kingdom of God. Jesus’ use of parables challenged the hearer to respond to the kingdom. There are only three responses to the Lord Jesus; rejection, uncertainty or belief. The choice is yours.