PARABLES OF GOD'S KINGDOM
Mark 4:21-34 / Keywords 4:33
With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand.
1.The gospel Jesus brings is like a lamp. As we place a lamp on a lampstand to light the room, we make it known when we receive the gospel. Then the gospel will bring out the truth to open the spiritual eyes of those who hear it. Those who refuse to see truth may lose this grace (25).
2. When a farmer scatters seeds on the ground, he expects them to grow and ripen for harvest one day. The farmer does not make them germinate and have life. It is God who makes the seeds spring up and grow (28). We also bring the gospel and scatter its seeds, trusting that God will make the words grow and bear fruit in the hearts of those who receive the gospel.
3. The Kingdom of God may not sound glamorous at first. Jesus compared it to a mustard seed that was the smallest seed known to them. As the mustard seed grows into a big plant that provides shelter for birds, the word of God will grow in those who accept it and lead them to know the truth (John 8:31-32).
Prayer Thank you for teaching us about the Kingdom of God. Help us to have ears to hear and hearts to understand.
One Word We receive the secrets of God's kingdom