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Scott Hahn says (on his audio lecture on Matthew) that parables were used throughout the OT whenever authority was corrupt- Jesus was doing the same to indicate the corruption of the religious leadership.
This is correct.
Parables were used when a prophet was about to preach condemnation on someone or something, usually corrupt authority.
Consider Nathan's condemnation of King David for adultery and murder. In 2 Samuel 12:1-7 God sends the prophet Nathan to King David and he tells David the parable of the rich man who devours the poor man's sheep. David is furious, and Nathan says, "The man is you!"
The Gospel of Matthew is actually divided into five sub-books. Each sub-book contains a narrative followed by a discourse given by Jesus. There are five discourses by Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew and the fourth is in chapter 22 and 23. Contrast the beginning of Chapter 22 with the beginning of Chapter 23. Jesus speaks in parables in Chapter 22 but then launches into a scathing condemnation of the Pharisees, Scribes and Chief Priests in Chapter 23.
Chapter 23 strarts...
**Jesus again in reply spoke to them in parables, saying (Matthew 22:1)
Jesus speaks in parables for all of Chapter 22. He dioes this because he about to preach condmnation on the Pharisees, Chief Priests and Scribes. Chapter 23 by comparison, contains very straighforward language. Jesus speaks in parables in chapter 22, but the first line of Chapter 23 makes it clear that he is done speaking in parables and is about to condemn the leadership in very clear, unambigouous language.
**Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, (Matthew 23:1)
No more parables. Jesus speaks clearly here...
**Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.* (Matthew 23:13 and 15)
Woe to you, blind guides,... (Matthew 23:16)
Blind fools,... (Matthew 23:17
*You blind ones,... *(Matthew 23:19)
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. (Matthew 23:26 and 27 and 29)
Thus you bear witness against yourselves that you are the children of those who murdered the prophets; now fill up what your ancestors measured out! (Matthew 23:31-32)*
**...so that there may come upon you all the righteous blood shed upon earth...* (Matthew 23:35)*
Jesus opens up on the leadership. He is done speaking in parables and makes himself perfectly clear. The gauntlet is thrown down - it's either Jesus or the Jewish leadership. One has got to go.
If Jesus stands in front of you and starts talking in parables, you should fall to your knees, acknowledge your sinfulness and beg for mercy, because the he's about to open up a can of whoop on someone. The condemnation is about to start.