On the surface, this is a call for the listener to be attentive and discern the meaning of His analogy. They’re all hearing the same Gospel, but only a few are embracing the truth–why? Amos 8:11, “’The time is surely coming,’ says the Lord God, ‘when I will send a famine on the land; not a famine of bread, or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.’”. Mark 4:10 "And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable." But now we are entering the territory of His truth. Mark 4:1; 9:35; Matt. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 50:41 — 11.6MB), Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS, The parable of the sower  Mark 4:1 to 9, part 1, A middle-aged man was distraught over his wife’s stubborn refusal to admit she had a hearing problem. Only those who ENDURE through trials are born again–are you? We decide how much of the truth we want to hear and accept. . They key to hearing this parable is to forget everything you think you know about it. Finally, on good soil * Surely the harvest will be disastrous * But no, the yields are astounding. Not perfectly, but progressively I hear Him, follow Him, love Him and serve Him. In the New Testament, Christians are commanded to attend church, use their gifts in service to each other, generously give a portion of their income, forgive one another, share the Gospel with the lost, and so much more. And He makes that very clear in Mark 4. Do you hear the Word of God? A sower went out to sow. MARK 1:9-11. Are you a good listener? I am definitely starting to notice a pattern with the way Mark has written this gospel. . fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Mark 4:26-29 The kingdom of God likened to the seed which groweth. Really? . Are you a good listener? He gives us truth as we are able to accept it (Mark 4:33). And are you producing fruit in and through your life to others? Photo frame, cotton balls, and satin ribbon make a cute badge holder! So the man raced home with joy in his heart, and opened the front door. Let’s not be the people the prophets describe like in Jeremiah 13:10, “This evil people, who refuse to hear my words, who stubbornly follow their own will.”  Let’s hear the truth. But don’t be American about teaching. Parables are not fables–fables include things like talking dragons, in fictitious and impossible scenarios. Seed was too valuable a resource to scatter with such reckless abandon and no farmer in his right mind would waste seed like that. So today, Jesus asks you, are you listening? Except it’s not just sowing seeds. ... 1-9. 10 Therefore, brothers and sisters, be all the more eager to confirm your call and election, [take this seriously] for if you do this, you will never stumble. Mark 4:25 – Matthew 13:12; 25:29. Mark 4:1-9. How can they utterly reject Christ and claim He’s satanic? And the verb listen is active voice–you act, you choose to listen. Mark 4 is the fourth chapter of the Gospel of Mark in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. Have you been tempted not to show up to serve or teach because you’ve had a bad day? The interesting thing, though, is that the action and focus of the parable itself and the focus of the explanation are markedly different. Mark 4: 10 But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. Don’t let that shock you. The person who is truly saved is the one who believes Christ was God, became a man, died in our place for our sins on the cross, and rose from the dead. . And if we believe it, we are mentally ill. Parables are not allegories–an allegory is like CS Lewis’s, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. We don’t mind Jesus healing, freeing people from demons, raising the dead, or loving the unlovely–nobody is offended by that. four B’s today Mark tells us the seed fell on four different types of soil. Mark 4:22 – Matthew 10:26. Question: "What is the meaning of the Parable of the Sower?" So this seed remained on the surface, and as a result the birds would come and gobble up the seed. 7. Posted by DJL on May 21, 2012 in Daily Bread | 0 comments, Again he began to teach beside the lake. He is the Truth. And here is the scariest part of all. Be prepared, friends, truth today, even when spoken graciously to the untrained, sometimes feels like a club to them. Is your impact for Christ greater than it was? Here’s the most important question–are you prepared to hear the truth of who you really are? and it will show in what you do with the Bible throughout the week. Faith without works is dead. Why are there those who seem to submit to Christ, but later live life contrary to God’s Word, while still claiming to know Christ? In verse 3, Jesus hits us with His first command in this section. Parable of the Seeds (Mark 4:1-9) * In the parable, the sower appears to be quite careless; note where the seeds fall. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. Both of these parables are paralleled in Matthew and Luke, but this chapter also has a parable unique to Mark, the Seed Growing Secretly. Such a very large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the sea and sat there, while the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land.”. Some a lot, some even more and a few incredibly, supernaturally–notice the three words used to describe the difference between this genuine, real heart soil and the previous three phony responses. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. Everyone listening to Jesus on the shore completely understood what a sower was, and what a sower did. This entire crowd on the seashore is listening to God’s Word. I fear we now today are a generation of Christians who love Jesus’ grace, but loathe Jesus’ truth. Are you listening? . This is what this sower does – throws seed everywhere. Posted by DJL on May 21, 2012 in Daily Bread | 0 comments. Are you hungry for truth? where it did not have much soil. Chris is the teaching pastor at Faith Bible Church - Murrieta. Don’t miss this–for a moment, contrast the Lord’s teaching ministry with His compassion ministry. But some of my friends and relatives say they’ve submitted to Christ, say they love Him above all, but they don’t obey His Word and they don’t follow Him. Please explain Mark 4:11-12. A sower went out to sow.”  Notice the other bookend to this parable–in verse 9 is the other command. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. And what does the sower do? New International Version Update. When the Gospel was sown into your life, did it actually take root, then produce fruit? The Lord definitely wanted them to listen with receptive hearts, so He taught them in a way everyone could understand. It’s the sower. Prayer: Dear God, remind us of your all-abundant grace and grant us the ability to see it, believe it, rest in it, draw confidence from it, and share it. God isn’t like any other farmer. Parables are real life stories, usually with one clear meaning, one key truth. But Jesus Christ never, ever violated truth. Why do I embrace that Christ died for my sin on the cross, and it sticks? Not for the same reason other people were being baptized by John a. Theirs was a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins - Mk 1:4 b. This is not life or death listening, but eternal heaven or hell listening. So in this shallow, warm soil, the seed “springs up quickly”–it grows even faster than normal. There is no depth here–there is no root here. I’m certain the scribal accusations affected the attitude of some, but it didn’t destroy the interest of regular people in Jesus. 4 Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. There are two halves, as we’ll see, to this scene. 6 And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away. 3  Blocked  The preoccupied heart  Verse 7. But there is another kind . Mark 5:21-34 Hemorrhaging Woman Healed . Home >> Bible Studies >> Mark Study >> Mark 4:1-20 These small group studies of the gospel of Mark contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. Here it is an order from master to slave, from a commander to soldier, from the Lord to his servant–an imperative command. The Lord is halfway through His three-plus years of public ministry. Attend a Congregation. Thorns are tough, thistle-bearing weeds that use up all the available space, light, and water which good plants need. Such a very large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the lake and sat there, while the whole crowd was beside the lake on the land. Come on, even the demons know exactly who Jesus is–how come the religious authorities don’t? Do you love His Word? This is only surface. They hear the Gospel, but it never takes root–there is no response. 9. What heart is this? . The crowd spread out along the beach facing the lake. 1. Mark says in verse 7, the result is–it yielded no grain. On rocky ground. . Are you genuinely hungry to know Christ? Mark 4. Mark 4:1 to 34 tells us why there are these different responses to the Gospel. The Parable of the Sower . The roar we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sounds of blood surging through the veins in the ear. “Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and it sprang up quickly, since it had no depth of soil. That’s 770 miles per hour. Now, today we don’t have to wait for the full explanation in verses 10 to 20–the sower is the evangelist, the seed is the Gospel, and the soil is human hearts. And never forget, the true believer always produces fruit—always. After presenting this parable to the multitude, Jesus interprets it for His disciples in Matthew 13:18-23; Mark 4:13-20; and Luke 8:11-15. In Jesus’ name. Students, how come your friend at camp prayed a prayer, seemingly got saved, but now ignores Christ, the Bible and church? The third kind of soil is . 7 Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. Which is easier to love–His compassion or His truth? . 1. He intended it to prevent the people from regarding the parable as merely a beautiful description. It doesn’t mean it won’t take root, but with this first sowing, it hasn’t taken root. Let’s find out how good a listener you are by asking you three questions: 1  Do you bring a Bible with you every week? Jesus said in John 14:23, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”, I thank God for a church where you love His Word. Mark 4:24 – Matthew 7:2 . Jesus wants you to hear the truth, illustrated by this common, everyday practice of . They don’t hear, follow, love or serve Christ. Cry out. I also wonder if His family stayed and listened, since this parable describes them as well. A  Only those who are born again can hear the truth. 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: 3 “Listen! Some will reject outright like the hard soil, others will accept Jesus then fade away when it gets hot like the rocky soil, others will turn to Christ then later be drawn away by some possession or person or lesser priority like the weedy soil. Even today at their Passover feasts they leave an empty seat for Elijah. Not just once, but continually, over and over, until they lived it. “Jesus, how come some people respond to the Gospel with faith and repentance, and are transformed so that they live for you and produce the fruit of changed lives, but others seem to respond, but then fade away, and still others hate you and want to kill you?”  The Lord is about to answer that question in verse 1—look. Text. This is not like watching TV with indifference. Are you listening? This is listening in order to live–the ship is sinking, here are your instructions. This section of Scripture contains a series of parables broken up with some direct instruction on the Kingdom of God. today do not be that guy, the one who is unwilling to hear. Because the Lord puts a high premium on you listening well–Jesus Christ gave you two ears and one mouth for a reason. He began to teach them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! So Mark tells us Jesus was continually teaching them–He kept teaching. The verb is present tense–listen continually to God’s words. Mark 4:10-13 Why Christ taught in parables. He began to teach them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! It is a known fact that no note taking gives you only a 5% chance of remembering what you’ve heard, but note taking increases the remembering percentage up to 34%. So he boarded a boat on the lake and sat down there. 5 Other seed fell on rocky ground # sn The rocky ground in Palestine would be a limestone base lying right under the soil. 1  Birds  The unresponsive heart  Verse 4. The unresponsive soil heart doesn’t respond to the Word of God at all. There are at least two explanations. The Lord answers most of our questions by teaching. 9 For anyone who lacks these things [NO FRUIT & NO GROWTH] is nearsighted and blind, and is forgetful of the cleansing of past sins. A sower went out to sow. Verse 9, “And he said, ‘Let anyone with ears to hear listen!’”  Are you getting it? 4:9 And he said, Who hath ears to hear, let him hear 1. So a question: what is the dominant emphasis of the parable itself? Only those who continually REPENT of distractions are saved–are you? According to Mark 4:1-41 4 Again he began teaching beside the sea, and a very large crowd gathered near him. Even the Lord’s family, friends and religious leaders rejected Him. So he asked his family doctor for advice, how to convince his wife she has a hearing problem. Open your Bibles, and take out your outline and follow along. . Or, to put it another way, who is the dominant character? 6 And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away.”  This is a typical soil problem in Israel–a considerable portion of tillable soil is found on top of layers of limestone. If you think the seed represents money, you miss the parable. Most churches today teach that Christ came to save the world from its sins. Repeat the question again, and if she still doesn’t answer, move right up to her ear and whisper in it, ‘What’s for dinner, honey?’ In this way,” the doctor assured him, “she’ll have to admit she has a hearing problem.”. You are responsible to clearly communicate the message of what Christ has done by dying on the cross, by taking our punishment and rising from the dead. The flat rock is too deep for the plow to reach, and too shallow to allow a plant to reach water and develop a decent root system in the small amount of soil that covers this rock strata. And because this is so important, Jesus ended this parable the same way He began it, with a same command, to . There are people who respond to Christ, but later girlfriends, boyfriends, friends, children, spouses, money, fun, entertainment, sports, or possessions begin to strangle their walk–their life with Christ is choked out, exposing them as so-called Christians, make-believers, phonies, self-deceived who produce no fruit. The Greek term teaching, didasko, gets its root from “to demonstrate and perform”, meaning this–in America when you’re taught something, you learn it. But when the sun gets hotter in late spring, then summer, the little plant gets scorched because there was no root system. Let’s face it–outside of the hardest-hearted Pharisee, who will ever complain about Jesus’ compassion, love and mercy? 4. No one. Christ taught spiritual truth by using illustrations drawn from the familiar occurrences of the everyday life of the first century Jew. An enormous crowd gathered around him. Like Paul I say, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, “For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.”, But not everyone values God’s Word taught in a manner that exposes only the author’s intended message–and just like during the time of Amos, today there is a famine for the Word. So the main question His followers are asking is:  how can people respond so differently to the Gospel message? Mark 4:21-25 The light of knowledge is given to be communicated to others. We don’t like that. Did you know, sitting in front of the speakers at a classical concert or a rock concert can expose you to 120 decibels, which will begin to damage your hearing in only 7-1/2 minutes? . Among thorns. Question: "What is the meaning of the Parable of the Growing Seed (Mark 4:26-29)?" . The twelve do not grasp Jesus’ meaning. Mark 4:1-20 New International Version (NIV) The Parable of the Sower. Why don’t all who hear the Gospel message believe? Not just on good soil, but among the weeds and thorns where the seed is sure to get choked, and in shallow soil where it won’t take root, and even on the road where it doesn’t stand a chance. . This parable teaches only those who are born again can hear the truth. Mark 4:30-41 The Parable of The Mustard Seed. Behold a sower went out to sow.”  He went out to the fields, had a leather bag containing seed tied to his waist and over his shoulder, and by hand he’d scatter seed on plowed ground, or to be plowed in later by means of a pair of oxen. 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