Mark 4:1-20

The crowds were so large again that Jesus teaches from a boat on the lake of Galilee for safety’s sake and also because Jesus wanted as many people as possible to hear his teaching, which is actually part of this parable’s point. There are well over 40 parables in the New Testament but only 3 are actually explained by Jesus, the rest are meant for us to meditate upon, memorize or prayerfully study. Sometimes, Jesus will end a parable with a single pointed conclusion, but for the most part, most parables are left for us to pray about to make our own conclusion as the New Testament shows us that…

The Spirit of Christ is our _______________ (Matthew 23:10, John 14:26 & Colossians 3:16) and James warns the church globally, that leading the church as a Teacher is not a role the majority of Christians should try to fulfill, James 3:1-2. Yet it is a requirement of Elders, 1st Timothy 3:2. “LISTEN” v3, is a command made only by Jesus, as every leader in the church should be calling for everyone to listen to Jesus, not just our leaders, preachers, Elders & teachers. 

Jesus gave the disciples an allegorical interpretation of the parable of the sower (Mt. 13:18), and of the wheat and tares (Mt. 13:37) in which every little detail of the story had a significant meaning. The parable of the vineyard (Mt. 21:33) also has an allegorical message about God sending his prophets, and finally his Son, who are rejected by Israel. The sower would sow the seed (Word of God) and generally Jesus defines people as having four different kinds of soil (or hearts, Mt. 13:19).

  1. Hardened,   2. Rocky,    3. Thorny,   4. Good.

Was the farmer picky about what type of soil he sowed his seed in?   Yes or No ?

How many of the different types of hearts actually bear fruit from the seed planted?

Which type of soil (heart) never had an opportunity to let the seed germinate?

Why did the growing plants in rocky soil (hearts) have a shortened lifespan?

Which soil (heart) was troubled by the deceitfulness of riches and worldly interests?

So that good soil (hearts), can actually be good, do we see the opposite of hard is soft? Do we see the rocky soil is shallow and the opposite, is soil that has depth and is able to hold moisture for the seed? Do we see that the opposite of soil with thorny weeds is soil that is kept clear of weeds?  All the problematic soils, hard, rocky & thorny, have this in common; water either runs away, dries up, or is taken up by the weeds, choking the plants growing from the implanted seed (Word of God). What does Jesus claim to give any who come to him, recorded in John 7:37? What does Paul compare water to in 1stCorinthians 12:13 ?

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