“Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him” (Mat 13:12).
The parable — that strange mixture of natural and spiritual, simple and complex — was a test to the hearers. How would they react? Would they joyfully come to the light, or would they turn away for fear of what that light would reveal?
Like the pillar of cloud and fire (Exo 14:20), the same parable may be darkness to the “Egyptian” but light to the “Israelite”. Like the shell or husk, the parable may preserve the precious kernel of truth For the earnest seeker, and protect it From the lazy and proud and careless!