Archive for June 15th, 2017

Mark 4

Mark 4 is a whole lot of Jesus teaching about farming.  He begins talking about the parable of the sower.  He speaks about the four different kinds of soils that God’s truth falls onto:

  1. Hard ground (the path)
  2. Rocky ground
  3. Thorny ground
  4. Good ground

With each type of soil, he describes the outcome:

  1. Hard ground (the path) – the birds devoured it
  2. Rocky ground – scorched by the sun and withered away
  3. Thorny ground – choked out
  4. Good ground – grew and increased and yielded “thirtyfold and sixtyfold and  a hundredfold

The disciples ask why Jesus teaches in parables.  He tells them “so that they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand, lest they should turn and be forgiven”.  The world was not ready to receive the truth yet.  But Jesus does give truth to His disciples, and around the four kinds of soil, He explains them this way:

  1. Hard ground (the path) – Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them
  2. Rocky ground – hey 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
  3. Thorny ground – 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
  4. Good ground – hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold

Which kind of soil describes your heart?  Are you hard ground where God’s truth is snatched from you before it can even begin to grow?  Or are you one where God’s truth sits on the surface but will vanish when there is a challenge to it?  Or are you so tied up in the chaos of the world that you allow the truth of God’s Word to get consumed.  God’s desire is that our heart be good soil and grow the huge crop He intends in us.  Jesus explains God’s Kingdom as “a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 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”.  God wants to grow a huge harvest in our life.  We need to prepare and tend the soil well!

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