I just want to encourage everyone to read God's Word with "grace eyes." Before you read scripture, ask God to reveal the amazing grace of the New Covenant to you in all of Jesus' words. Read the parables and all Jesus' sayings with New Covenant eyes and watch how everything falls into place! You will see how wonderful, beautiful and gracious Jesus really is!
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!"