Matthew 13:11

The previous post in this series is:

Old Testament Mysteries

The first post in this series about mysteries in the Bible is called Mysteries.

A key passage about mysteries is Matthew 13:10-17. The context is that Jesus had just told the parable of the sower, and in verse ten the disciples ask why Jesus spoke in parables.

Jesus’s answer defines parables as mysteries: “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.” (Matthew 13:11, NASB) He goes on explaining that some can learn the truths and others cannot. The disciples were allowed to learn the truths of parables, but the public was not so allowed.

So, the first New Testament mysteries are parables. They are truths deliberately hidden (i.e. secrets, just like we learned previously in the Old Testament discussion), but revealed to some.

Jesus also quotes some of Isaiah 6:9-10 “Keep on listening, but do not perceive; …”. The listeners of Isaiah’s day would not understand, just as the majority of the crowds following Jesus. But, He revealed the secrets to the disciples. This shows that a mystery in the New Testament is also something not revealed in the Old Testament.

Note that the previous paragraph isn’t the only conclusion we can draw, nor does it guarantee it is true of the gamut of New Testament uses of mysteries. So, part of this study will be examining each reference and determining whether such a conclusion is valid throughout the New Testament.

The first post in this series about mysteries in the Bible is called Mysteries.

Mark 4:11

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