Sometimes God intended a literal meaning, sometimes a figurative meaning.
One needs to rightly divide the word to understand the meaning thereof.
This takes much study and guidance from God. The Bible was not written
for all to understand. It was written to those who seek God, to those who reject God
it is written so that they would not understand.
10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth.”