In Part four we covered that the Spirit language to the world is in the parable and in proverb. In Part five, we will cover why interpretation is so important and how the interpretation is revealed. Interpretation is needed to understand what the meaning of a parable is. Interpretation becomes the application of the proverb, the knowing of what to do, or what to believe in (or what to stop believing and trusting in). Interpretation reveals what thought or perception one is in so that the heart can call out to God for help and guidance.
Interpretation; the parable is explained and understanding comes
If the parable is explained, then the heart would have understanding and the parable story application would be revealed. Consider how interpretation works within the scriptures. We know the interpretation of allegory words like, heaven and earth because the scriptures of the prophets give us the right answer. The prophets Isaiah and Moses of Deuteronomy and the apostles Mark and John offer us more insight in the interpretation of metaphoric words and phrases.
Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
What is the definition of heaven according to the prophet Isaiah? The thoughts and ways of God.
What is the definition of earth according to the prophet of Isaiah? The thoughts and ways of man.
Let’s review the complete parable here in Isaiah 55, for it will explain by allegory and parable speech how the thoughts and ways of God descend to the earth (to the thoughts and ways of man). Gods thoughts and ways are like rain from the clouds and like snow (the rain and snow from heaven), which in turn, waters the earth, so the earth now can produce seed for the sower and bread to the eater.
The rain and the snow is the parable language of words coming out of the mouth of God. The rain according to book of Deuteronomy is doctrine (recall Mark 4:2 Jesus parables are his doctrine).
Deuteronomy 32:1 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
2. My doctrine shall drop as the rain; my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
3. Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
4. He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
Through the parable stories, the Lord reveals the condition and state of mind of our hearts (the thoughts and intents of the mind). So, in the parable an understanding, a word of the Lord is being given. This word or understanding is referred to as the doctrine of Christ as we see here by the apostles Mark and John:
Mark 4:1 And he (Jesus) began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.
(2) And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine.
1John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
Parable – Sower of the Seed
Here in Matthew, Jesus speaks the parable of the sower of the seed. After he speaks the parable, he takes his disciples aside and gives them the interpretation. Interpretations are made known only to his disciples and not to the multitude.
Think about the sower of the seed parable in Matthew chapter 13.
Matthew 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4. And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5. Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6. And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
8. But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
Parable of the Sower of the Seed – Jesus Interprets
Jesus speaks the parable of the sower of the seed to all that came to hear him. After Jesus spoke this parable, he then turned and explained to his disciples that they alone and not the multitudes were to be given the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. Matthew records the parable of the sower of the seed.
Matthew 13:18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
19. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
20. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
21. Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
22. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
23. But he that received seed into the good (and honest) ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
In the book of Luke we find this:
Luke 8:9 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be (mean)?
10. And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
11. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
Wrong Interpretation-Speech from the old world
Beware! False spirits (prophets) have gone into the world. Please notice that the true record shows that only Jesus or the prophets sent of God, give the true interpretation of parables, dreams or vision. If a false prophet speaks and gives wrong interpretation of Gods message, it causes “my people” to go into error. This slanders the truth in the heart of man.
1John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3. And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
4. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
6. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know us the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
False Christ produces false Signs and Wonders
A false apostle, a false Christ, or a false prophet gives interpretation it will produce false signs and wonders according to the apostles’ doctrine:
2Corinthians 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Mark 13:21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
22. For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
23. But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
24. But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
25. And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
26. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
27. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.