(Mark 4: 2- 11; 23-25; Luke 19:12-26)
And He taught them many things in parables, and in His teaching He said to them: Give attention to this! Behold, a sower went to sow (Mark 4:2,3). From the time that the Israel’s authorities hardened their hearts to the teachings of Yahshua and considered Him do be under the influence of demons, He then used the meanings of parables to teach them. Everyone was left in the dark except His disciples whom were given the interpretation, as He said to them, To you has been entrusted the mystery of the kingdom of God; but for those outside everything becomes a parable (vs. 11). As we see in this parable, the hearts of men –hard as a path, hard as rocks, difficult and stubborn as thorns, failed to receive the Word given them. Only those whose hearts are soft to hear the Word, will be blessed with the understanding of it. Yahshua said, If any man has ears to hear, let him be listening and let him perceive and comprehend. That means, let him be making a conscious effort to hear, to take advice; to pay close attention to, to grasp mentally and understand.
The truth we hear must be received with a conscious and mental effort to acquire a deeper understanding and insight into it. Yahshua said that the measure in which we give attention to the truth we hear will be the measure of insight and understanding that will come back to us and more, and that’s why he who has, more will be given. In his diligence and faithfulness to the Word of Yahweh in his diligence in studying it and applying it to his heart, the Christian will be diligent in obedience. For him who has will more be given; and from him who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away (Mark 4:23-25).