Mark 4:21-34 26 Jan 2020
Last week: The first of Jesus Parable’s
When you don’t have a captive audience your words have to captivate
It helps make the abstract complete
It makes you think… It makes you work…
You have to engage… There’s a choice…
Today’s four parables are challenging.
In Mark they are grouped together.
In Matthew they’re scattered.
He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? 22 For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”
24 “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you–and even more. 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.”
26 He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain–first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
30 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. 32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.”
33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. 34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.”
Backdrop is the seed & sower picture and Kingdom
A lamp is meant to shine.
The easy part of this is that we must let the light of our faith shine.
But there is a second and more difficult part to this. When we start being hypocrites with secrets, these too will come out into the open.
Our measures will return to us.
But a funny counter (what we have can work to our advantage. e.g. knowledge or skill
The Kingdom grows all by itself…
Tiny seed can yield a great result…