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Mark 4:33-34 Private Lessons

He's changing me too through His stories

He’s changing me too through His stories

Today we are going to look at something Jesus did on a regular basis but we don’t get to hear much about. That something is how He taught. Mark quickly sums up Jesus’ teaching methods, publicly and privately.

When Jesus taught the crowds He taught them in parables. He told us earlier that He did this to keep His message hidden from many of those who came to listen to Him speak. Mark says, “He spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it” (verse 34). So we know some were able to hear, some of it.

This would be where the different kinds of soils came in. Some of the people that came to hear Him came to find fault with Him. Some came to hear Him out of curiosity. Some came seeking healing from Him. And some came seeking a Savior. As you can probably tell, the first is the wayside, the second is the rocky ground, the third is the thorny places, and the last is the good soil. Read more »

Mark 4:30-32 From Seed to Tree

From one small seed

From one small seed

Jesus gives us another parable about seeds and the Kingdom of Heaven today. This time it is about the growth potential of the seed and of God’s Kingdom.

We looked at the amazing blueprints locked away within each seed yesterday. Each seed has within it the instructions of how to create the complete plant, including the fruit, containing new seeds, for the harvest. Jesus wants us to look at a different aspect of a seed today. He has in mind a specific seed too; the mustard seed.

When Matthew shared his account of Jesus’ parable regarding the mustard seed I did a little googling. I wanted to know if the mustard seed was the smallest seed on Earth. I found out that there are currently smaller seeds, however, in Jesus’ region and His era the mustard seed was the smallest one planted for crops. Read more »

Mark 4:26-29 The Mystery of the Seed

The blueprint is contained inside

The blueprint is contained inside

Jesus is continuing to teach in parables today. Mark is giving us another parable about seed and the Kingdom of God. This one is a little different than any Mathew shared with us.

Jesus begins His story with the scattering of seed on the ground by a farmer. Jesus doesn’t focus on the work the farmer would be putting into the harvest, but focuses on the seed itself. Seeds are amazing. Each small little seed (some not as small as others) contains the blueprint of the fully grown crop in it. Science has been unable to unlock the secret of how all that knowledge was placed there. We are only able to observe its wonder. Read more »

Mark 4:21-25 Let Your Light Shine

Light of the world

Light of the world

When we join Jesus today, Mark does not make it clear if He is still with His intimate group or if Jesus was now addressing a crowd. When I “fast forward” a bit to verse 34, it looks like from our verses through verse 34 Jesus is teaching to the crowd instead of giving private instruction. Mark tells us that Jesus explained everything to His disciples in private, so being that today’s parable doesn’t come equipped with an explanation, He was probably delivering it to the crowd.

Mark doesn’t record the specific account of Jesus sharing the meaning of this parable with His disciples. Maybe the Holy Spirit believed that this parable was self-explanatory. Let’s look at this parable and see where the Holy Spirit takes us. Read more »

Mark 4:10-20 Why The Parables

Sitting at Jesus' feet

Sitting at Jesus’ feet

We are joining Jesus today for an intimate explanation of His teaching methods and His parables. The crowd is gone and it is just His close followers, including His disciples, who will get to sit at His feet and learn the deeper meaning to His stories. Times like these were few and far between. I’m sure each of the regular attendees cherished these quiet times together with Jesus.

Once the crowd is gone, the first thing Mark reports Jesus being asked is, “Why the parables?” Jesus answer was simple. So the masses wouldn’t really understand what was being taught. The masses had a role to play in God’s plan. They, as a society, had to reject Jesus. If they truly understood all He was saying, they would have turned to God for forgiveness of their sins. It is not that Jesus wants to damn them all to hell, but that He wants them to wait until the right time for their understanding and turning. Read more »