From Mathew chapter 13. Many gathered to hear Jesus speak so He taught from a boat while the crowd stood on the beach. The illustration is when the disciples asked Him about parables. His answer from Mathew's gospel reads "to you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted." They (disciples) may have wondered about using riddles to clarify TRUTHS. In a couple of years Jesus would stand before Pontius Pilate. When asked of His kingship (John's gospel 18:38) He would answer, "every one who is of the truth hears my voice", and Pilate's reply would be, "what is truth?"