This parable is a response to hard-hearted religious hypocrites. This story is an answer to a sinful mindset regarding the lost.  It says, “so he told them this parable.”  Because they were grumbling, he told them this parable.  But this parable deals with so much more than that.  In many parables there is just one point, but this parable has so much to it. One of the major things this parable deals with is that it puts the heart of our God on full display.