SynopsisThis passage simply mentions that all of Jesus’ teaching to the crowds was in parables, fulfilling “what was spoken by the prophet,” and then giving the following quote:
I will open my mouth in parables;
I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.
Which seems to be referring to Psalm 78:
I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings from of old
ThoughtsThis passage tells us that Jesus did all of his teaching through parables, although it doesn’t say why he taught in parables; for that, we’ll have to wait until we get to Luke 8:9–15 (ESV), or Mark 4:10–20 (ESV).
When this passage says that Jesus said nothing to the crowd without a parable, I don’t think that means that there was never, ever an instance where Jesus taught a crowd without using a parable; I think it just means that this was his usual mode of teaching. I could be wrong on that.