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Professor Leighton Flowers has recently written an article titled, “The Messianic Secret,” wherein he explains his understanding of the purpose of the parables. According to Flowers, the reason Jesus spoke in parables was to prevent the Jewish people from coming to repentance and faith, so as to bring about the crucifixion, otherwise the crucifixion would not have taken place. While I will not address every single point and Scriptural reference in his article – and I don’t necessarily disagree with everything he says in the article – I do want to respond to a few of his key points. Before I do so, however, let me first briefly explain my understanding regarding the reason Jesus spoke in parables.
Why Jesus Spoke In Parables
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