Open Your Eyes
Jesus says that much of his teaching takes place in the form of parables. But why? Does the form of Jesus' teaching matter? Could he have expressed the same truths in a different format--maybe a list of clear statements, a philosophical treatise, a legal document? Is it possible that Jesus has a goal other than "expressing a truth"? According to this passage, at least one of those goals is teaching his disciples how to see what is right in front of them, something others are clearly incapable of doing. They see but don't see and hear but don't hear. Housed in the form of the parable is the secret to it all--the desire to seek. Answers are not enough; the search for answers is a formative process that is just as important as the answer itself.