THE KEY PARABLE – Mysteries Revealed

Before we look at the Introduction, I’d like to just note four things from that little section between the parable and its explanation which we are calling the Mysteries. So before you read the Introduction, Parable Text and Explanation, we are gong to read the Mysteries Section. I want you to see that it is in this text which is in the middle of the parable, for example in Mark 4:9 – 13, that He is saying some things that point out how important this particular parable is.

And He was saying, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” As soon as He was alone, His followers, along with the twelve, began asking Him about the parables. And He was saying to them, “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom (reign, realm, people of the realm) of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables, so that WHILE SEEING, THEY MAY SEE AND NOT PERCIEVE, AND WHILE HEARING, THEY MAY HEAR AND NOT UNDERSTAND, OTHERWISE THEY MIGHT RETURN AND BE FORGIVEN.” And He said to them, “Do you understand this parable? How will you understand all the parables?”

If you cannot understand this parable, you will not understand any of the parables. This parable is key. Everyone who reads a parable, who hears a parable, assumes he understands the parable. He’s convinced he has heard and understands, he sees and perceives. But it’s clear that Jesus is speaking in parables to hide truth to those who are outside, whatever that means.

I encourage you to spend a little time writing your own harmony of the Intermission. You will discover things that are hidden that will help you to understand the mysteries. There is a harmony of this intermission in the appendix but don’t look at it until you have tried to write it out on your own.

First, I’ve already mentioned that in Mark 4:13 it says that this parable is a key – a parable for understanding all the other parables. If you do not understand this parable you cannot understand the other parables. This means you should be looking for those things in this parable that unlock understanding to all the other parables. The first thing you need to make note of is that this is a key parable. If you do not understand this parable you cannot understand any of the parables. By the way, you do not find that statement in all three texts of the parable. You have to look at Mark 4:13 to discover that if you do not understand this parable, how can you understand any of the parables? This parable is a key parable. Understanding how parables work and understanding what God is doing with parables can only be understood if you understand this particular parable of the Sower and the Seed.

The second point that is revealed in the Intermission or Mystery is that there are mysteries to the kingdom; there are mysteries of the realm. We’d like to believe that just by some teaching, just by seminary training we can understand the things of God. That is not so. There are mysteries that can only be revealed when the Holy Spirit reveals it. They will not be revealed in this book by John Brown alone. You may get some superficial understanding, and that is all I can touch on. All you are doing by reading this book, unless you have done this before, is borrowing from John Brown to get the surface knowing. If you want to own it you’ve got to enter into it. I cannot stress that enough. I want you to enter into this. I would like for you to, on you own, enter into discovering these mysteries. The parables are about the mysteries of the kingdom, mysteries of the realm, mysteries of the reign. Parables are about mysteries concerning the children who are born not of the flesh but of the Spirit, children who are born for the unseen realm, the eternal realm, not the seen, temporal realm. We are only here for a time. And you can only understand those mysteries if the Holy Spirit reveals them to you. But they are found in the parables. The parables are all about the mysteries.

There are “mysteries” of the kingdom. There are “mysteries” of the reign. There are those things that are hidden that He calls “mysteries.” And that word for mystery, by the way, is from the Greek word musterion (moos-tay’-ree-on). Even in the Greek it sounds a little like the English word mystery. This Greek word musterion literally means to “silent the mouth.” And its primary use is that by agreement, those on the inside, the initiated, choose not to speak about these mysteries , or secrets, to those on the outside. This word was primarily used in secret societies. Mysteries are most prevalent in secret societies like the Masons. They have secret handshakes and they will have words whose meaning is other than their apparent meaning. And only the initiated, only those who have gone through the different levels within a secret society understand the mysteries. They are initiated into the mysteries. Those who are on the outside cannot understand the mysteries because the mysteries have not been explained to them. That is how this word is being used in these passages. These mysteries that the Lord is speaking of in this parable are those things that those who are on the inside, those who are initiated into the realm, those who are under the reign, are the only ones who can understand these things.

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One Response to “THE KEY PARABLE – Mysteries Revealed”

  1. brotherjohnny Says:

    I haven’t gotten this far into Johns messages.
    I plan to look into the harmony that he’s talking about.

    I pray you are all well.

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