The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?"
Did you notice who’s still with the Teacher after the crowd leaves? Asking for more information? Seeking clarification?
Only His students! That’s what the word disciple means – a student, a learner, a pupil, an apprentice, a follower!
Matthew says large crowds heard Jesus teaching in parables. Where are they now? No questions for the Teacher?
For them class is over. The bell rang. They went home!
But His students did what good students do. They sought to remain in the presence of the Teacher. This decision put them in the perfect position to receive His blessing and wisdom.
He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them…This is why I speak to them in parables…But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.”
The Teacher only shares the secrets of the kingdom with His students! Those who really want to know and grow in His presence.
We see here what it takes to be a good student in the University of Jesus. Never leave the company of the Teacher! Relentlessly seek His counsel and guidance. Ask questions!
The decisive question?
Am I a good student, staying close and paying attention to the Teacher or largely going about my life without Him?