9 And He was saying, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” 10 As soon as He was alone, His followers, along with the twelve, began asking Him about the parables. 11 And He was saying to them, “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables, 12 so that while seeing, they may see and not perceive, and while hearing, they may hear and not understand, otherwise they might return and be forgiven.”
If you didn’t read my blog post from last week, you should start there: http://www.theanchorchurch.us/nates-blog/the-baseball-player.
If you did read it, I’m thinking that might have left you a little confused. Maybe you thought you got it but weren’t sure. Maybe you thought it was a mistake. Maybe like my son, Clark, you thought that it was a commentary about how much I hate the use of the shift in major league baseball or that I was trying to pay homage to a great moment in baseball history. I was doing neither. Or maybe you saw right through it and discovered its true purpose: a parable. I would recommend reading Jesus’ masterful “Parable of the Sower” in Mark 4 and then compare it to my hatchet job parallel of “The Baseball Player”.