Why did Jesus speak in parables? 

Jesus spoke in parables both to reveal truth and to hide truth. 
Parables revealed truth to the humble, but hid truth from the arrogant, as He said when His disciples asked Him for the meaning of the Parable of the Sower, 

“To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that ‘Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand’” (Luke 8:10).

 
Understanding the will of the Lord is more than an intellectual issue, but it is a matter of the heart, a matter of the attitude. 
 

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