As Jesus taught the people He taught in the style of a Parable. A story that used things from the natural world to reveal a supernatural set of truths. In teaching this way He fulfilled one of the Messianic prophecies in Psalm 78:2. Most people today will admit that they learn best when they are taught using a story or illustration. It causes our thinking and creativity to engage with the facts being presented. However, when we are given a story we must dig into that illustration to glean the truth’s otherwise we might only be entertained. Watch how Jesus allowed His followers to dig deeper with Him:
Mark 4: 33 Jesus used many similar stories and illustrations to teach the people as much as they could understand. 34 In fact, in his public ministry he never taught without using parables; but afterward, when he was alone with his disciples, he explained everything to them.
Many people heard Jesus teaching in Parables. Some got a bit of understanding and went on their way. Others missed it entirely. Still others would linger near Him after these times of public teaching. In those times, they got close to Him and were blessed to hear his full explanation. Afterward tells us that time passed. Afterward tells us that patience was required. Afterward means that they stayed even after it seemed it was over. Are you interested in digging deeper in things of faith? Do you desire more understanding from your time in the Word (whether it be in Church or otherwise)? Committing to ‘Afterward' is a step you need to take. The Scriptures teach us to Meditate on God’s Word (Joshua 1:8 and Psalm 1:2). This is a picture of going beyond the surface. Meditating on God’s Word is your ‘afterward’ commitment.
Note the other key truth here. He was ‘alone’ with His Disciples when He explained everything to them. Not only do we commit to an ‘afterward’ mentality of meditation…but we must get ‘alone’ with Him. This is not just a physical thing…although that may be needed. This is the removal of all the distractions that may hinder you from putting your whole heart into what God desires to teach you. What hinders your ‘alone’ time with God? What changes could be made that would help you get ‘alone’?
God’s Word is full of supernatural application for our natural lives. Dig deeper to gain more understanding. You will be glad that you did!