“And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables.”
The disciples were not the 12 leading minds on religious scene of their day. They were not theologians, or master thinkers. They were folks like you and I. A tax collector, some fisherman, even a radical political protestor. These men were not anything special. Jesus’s parables confused them as much as they confused the crowd. What set the disciples apart was their willingness to give everything else up for Jesus. That allowed them to spend the time that they needed with Jesus to understand Him. Are you willing to make that commitment?