so that “they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand, lest they should turn and be forgiven.”
So, previously, Jesus had commanded the crowd to listen. Obviously His story was a bit too confusing, because even His disciples asked what He meant by the story. Jesus says that they have been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for everyone else – they will see without perceiving and hear without understanding – LEST they should turn and be forgiven!
Shocking. Jesus is saying He’s being confusing on purpose so that not everyone will know the secrets of Heaven. What does this mean? Does He not want everyone to be saved?
Jesus wants people to be inquisitive. He doesn’t tell people to say a little prayer and then they are going to Heaven. He is enticing them to WANT HIM. He says “to you has been given the secret…” to whom? To the people that asked Him to clarify. The people that really wanted to know what He meant – they wanted the Word, and He gave it to them.
The understood that they could not understand God without God explicitly revealing truths to them. They had that desire, and Jesus granted it to them. The rest of the crowd heard what Jesus said. They saw what He did. But they didn’t want Him.
What about you? Do you really want God?
John 5:25 ESV – Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.