Matthew 13:10-12. And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest
thou unto them in, parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it
is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but
to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and
he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be
taken away even that he hath.
You can understand this truth if you go into certain museums. I will
suppose that you know nothing whatever of comparative anatomy, and you
go into the museum of comparative anatomy at Paris. If you understand a
little of the science, you will learn a great deal more: “for whosoever
hath, to him shall be given.” If you do not know anything about the
subject, you will say, “Well, this is the most uninteresting exhibition
I ever saw,” and you will come out with the feeling that you do not
know anything. What you did know will have vanished in the sight of all
that mass of bones arranged in those extraordinary shapes. You will
only feel your own lack of knowledge in that department; you will show
your ignorance, and nothing else. So it is in the things of God. If you
understand the fundamental principles of true godliness, you will soon
understand more; but if you do not comprehend as much as that, even the
reading of the Scriptures will be but slightly instructive to you.
Matthew 13:13-15. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they
seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By
hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall
see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross,
and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed;
Lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their
ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted,
and I should heal them.
Now the Saviour turned to his disciples, and spoke specially to them.
Matthew 13:16. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
It is no use having eyes that do not see, or ears that do not hear; and
yet I fear that there are many eyes of that kind, and many ears of that
sort, in this congregation tonight.
Matthew 13:17. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous
men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen
them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
Now let us read one other passage, to show how the Lord heals the blind, and makes them see.
This exposition consisted of readings from Isaiah 6; Matthew 13:10-17; and Luk 18:35-43.