Hold on tightly for this one…
Why did Jesus speak in parables? He gave the answer to his disciples as recorded in Mark 4:11-12. “But to those on the outside everything is said in parables, so that, ‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!'”
Implication? God’s truth is so powerful, it can “force” all to come in line. The truth, when made plain, brings repentance and resulting salvation to people. And for some reason Jesus didn’t choose for everyone to turn and be forgiven!
Why? Maybe God wants people who will live by faith (not by force). Maybe the bald truth leaves people with no excuse for their “real” desire to ignore God. Yet “a man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.” So Jesus couches the truth in parables. Those who seek God in faith find the truth. Those who prefer to ignore God miss the truth.
Which all begs the question … am I seeking God? Am I pursuing his truth?