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Mark 4:1 ESV
1 Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land.
They were given in a climate of growing hostility and opposition (cf. 2:3–3:6, 22–30), but also enormous popular acclaim (cf. 1:45; 2:2, 13, 15; 3:7–8). Both responses showed people’s failure to grasp who Jesus really is.
Mark 4:2 ESV
2 And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them:
A parable is putting alongside for purposes of comparison and new understanding.
Jesus explained the kingdom, not by giving a lecture on theology, but by painting pictures that captured the attention of the people and forced them to use their imaginations and think. Our English word parable comes from two Greek words that mean “to cast alongside” (para—alongside; ballo—to throw or cast).
A parable is a story or figure placed alongside a teaching to help us understand its meaning. It is much more than “an earthly story with a heavenly meaning,” and it certainly is not an “illustration” such as a preacher would use in a sermon.
A true parable gets the listener deeply involved and compels that listener to make a personal decision about God’s truth and his or her life. So penetrating and personal are parables that, after they heard several of them, the religious leaders wanted to kill the Lord Jesus!
A parable begins innocently as a picture that arrests our attention and arouses our interest. But as we study the picture, it becomes a mirror in which we suddenly see ourselves.
If we continue to look by faith, the mirror becomes a window through which we see God and His truth. How we respond to that truth will determine what further truth God will teach us.
This is a turning point in His ministry in Galilee. From now on, He never says anything to the crowd except in parables and He never explains the parables so that they hear but don’t understand. They see the imagery but don’t comprehend the meaning. This is a judgment
Jones, P. R. (2003). Parables. In C. Brand, C. Draper, A. England, S. Bond, E. R. Clendenen, & T. C. Butler (Eds.), Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (p. 1244). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
Mark 4:3 ESV
3 “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow.
Listen a call for careful attention
Mark 4:4 ESV
4 And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.
Matthew 13:19 ESV
19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.
Mark 4:4 ESV
4 And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.
Wayside. Either a road near a field’s edge or a path that traversed a field, both of which were hard surfaces due to constant foot traffic.
Mark 4:5 ESV
5 Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil.
Mark 4:6 ESV
6 And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away.
Mark 4:7 ESV
7 Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.
Mark 4:8 ESV
8 And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”
Mark 4:9 ESV
9 And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Mark 4:10 ESV
10 And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables.
The crowd did not judge the parables; the parables judged the crowd. The careless listener, who thought he knew everything, would hear only a story that he did not really understand; and the result in his life would be judgment (see ). The sincere listener, with a desire to know God’s truth, would ponder the parable, confess his ignorance, submit to the Lord, and then begin to understand the spiritual lesson Jesus wanted to teach.
Mark 4:11 ESV
11 And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables,
They are also designed to reveal and conceal
They are also designed to reveal and conceal
Mark 4:12 ESV
12 so that “ ‘they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand, lest they should turn and be forgiven.’ ”
Anytime the Word of God is being sown there will always be unbelief and hostility
Mark 4:13 ESV
13 And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?
Effective Evanglism hinges on our ability to understand intuitively comprehend and our ability to understand comprehend by experience Jesus teachings .
Roadside soil (4:13–15): This soil represents those who hear the message but do not understand it, thus allowing Satan to steal it from them.
Mark 4:14 ESV
14 The sower sows the word.
Not the Whooping Sower
Not the teaching only sower
Not the
The Power is in the seed
The sower is personality, the sower is wardrobe, the sower is style
Romans 1:16 ESV
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
1 Corinthians 15:1 ESV
1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand,
1 Corinthians 15:2 ESV
2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
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The Soils of Evangelism
Matthew 13:19 ESV
19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.
Mark 4:15 ESV
15 And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them.
When my heart is hard and unresponsive I wont ever understand the Word
Trampled Hard and unresponsive
Matthew 13:9 ESV
9 He who has ears, let him hear.”
Matthew 13:19 ESV
19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.
Luke 8:12 ESV
12 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.
2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV
4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Psalm 51:17 NLT
17 The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
Ps 51
2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV
4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Mark 4:15 KJV 1900
15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.
Mark 4:16 ESV
16 And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy.
Now we already know these are people who have superficial dirt at the top but there’s rock-bed underneath just below where the plow was, so when the seed goes in, starts to grow a little bit, everything pushes up because the roots can’t go down, and so you have this artificial idea that,
“Oh, this is wonderful, look it’s growing, it’s going everywhere,” but because the roots can’t get pass that hard rock bed, they can’t get to the water and when the sun comes out, it burns the plant before it ever produces anything.
That’s this kind of person. This is the person depicted as the one who receives the Word with joy. This defines for me an emotional response, an emotional response with joy.
And we all look at that and we say, “Ah, you know, I talked to So-and-so, gave them the gospel and I don’t understand it, they’re not around, they don’t come to church, they don’t confess the Lord and they were so happy when it happened.”
Shallow, rocky soil (4:16–17): This soil represents those who have no depth and thus drop out when encountering persecution.
Mark 4:17 ESV
17 And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.
A response to God based only on emotions will produce temporary converts
Must beware of False conversions driven by emotionalism
Mark 4:18 ESV
18 And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word,
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Mark 4:19 ESV
19 but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
Thorn-infested soil (4:18–19): This soil represents those who allow the deceitfulness of riches to snuff out the seed.
Distracted and preoccupied hearts will suffocate Word
choke the Word
choke: to check or hinder the growth, development, or activity of
Can’t Follow you Now …Let me Go bury
1 John 2:15 ESV
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1 John 2:16 ESV
16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.
2 Timothy 4:10 ESV
10 For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
Mark 4:20 ESV
20 But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”
A Proper response to the word produces unexplainable results
Fertile soil (4:20) : This soil represents those who both hear and understand, permitting the seed to produce abundantly.
Willmington, H. L. (1999). The Outline Bible (). Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.
Mark 4:21 ESV
21 And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand?
Mark 4:22 ESV
22 For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light.
Mark 4:23 ESV
23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Mark 4:24 ESV
24 And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.
Mark 4:24 NLT
24 Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given—and you will receive even more.
Measure refers to the attitude with which the Word of the Lord is being received
Mark 4:25 ESV
25 For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”
The Outline Bible Section Outline Four (Mark 4)

B. Parable of the lamp on a stand (4:21–25): Jesus says the more one allows his or her light to shine, the clearer the truths in the parable will become!

Parable of the lamp on a stand (4:21–25): Jesus says the more one allows his or her light to shine, the clearer the truths in the parable will become!
The Economy of the Kingdom works this way: My receptivity will put a lid on my capacity
God is not a waster
Mark 4:26 ESV
26 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground.
Mark 4:27 ESV
27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how.
No Human effort God does it
Parable of the growing seed (4:26–29): God’s word, once it takes root in the heart of a believer, will in and by itself bring forth much fruit!
Mark 4:28 ESV
28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
As plants grow in a complex way that we do not fully grasp so does God’s Kingdom
Mark 4:29 ESV
29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
Verses 26-29
The Economy of the Kingdom works this way : I do my part, (rest in the Lord) and God takes it from there.
Mark 4:30 ESV
30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it?
Mark 4:31 ESV
31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth,
Mark 4:32 ESV
32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
Mark 4:33 ESV
33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it.
Parable of the mustard seed (4:30–34): God’s kingdom is like a mustard seed, so small when it is planted, yet eventually it becomes one of the largest plants!
The Economy of the Kingdom works this way:In the natural it looks small and insignificant but there is more than what meets the eyes
In the natural it looks small and insignificant but there is more than what meets the eyes
Mark 4:34 ESV
34 He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.
Mark 4:35 ESV
35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.”
Mark 4:36 ESV
36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him.
Mark 4:37 ESV
37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.
Mark 4:38 ESV
38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
Mark 4:39 ESV
39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
Mark 4:40 ESV
40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”
Mark 4:41 ESV
41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
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