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Mark 1:1-8
John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus

Mark 1:9-20
Jesus begins to pick His staff

Mark 1:21-28
Jesus deals with an unclean spirit

Mark 1:29-34
Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law

Mark 1:35-39
Jesus rises early to spend time with His Father

Mark 1:40-45
Jesus touched the leper and healed him

Mark 2:1-12
Jesus heals the paralyzed man

Mark 2:13-17
Jesus chooses Matthew as a disciple

Mark 2:18-22
Pharisees think there is merit in fasting

Mark 2:23-28
Jesus plucks grain on the Sabbath

Mark 3:1-6
Jesus healing of the man with the witherd hand

Mark 3:7-12
Crowds come to see Jesus performing miracles

Mark 3:13-19
Jesus delegates responsibilities to His disciples

Mark 3:20-30
Jesus faces opposition from both friend and foe

Mark 3:31-35
Jesus’ family come to take Him home

Mark 4:1-9
Jesus teaches on sowing seed in 4 types of soil

Mark 4:10-20
Jesus explained the parable of the sower

Mark 4:21-29
Jesus teaches in parables

Mark 4:30-41
The parable of the mustard seed

Mark 5:1-10
The demon possessed man at Gerasa

Mark 5:11-20
Two thousand hogs drown

Mark 5:21-34
Hemorrhaging woman healed

Mark 5:35-43
Jesus heals Jairus daughter

Mark 6:1-6
Jesus returns to His home town of Nazareth

Mark 6:7-13
Jesus sends His disciples as missionaries

Mark 6:14-29
Mark tells about the death of John the Baptist

Mark 6:30-44
Feeding of the 5000

Mark 6:45-52
Storm on the Sea of Galilee

Mark 6:53-56
Crowd wanting to be healed

Mark 7:1-7
Conflict with the religious leaders over laws

Mark 7:8-23
Jesus attacks a system of rules and regulations

Mark 7:24-30
Jesus casts a demon out of a Gentile daughter

Mark 7:31-37
Jesus heals a deaf man with a speech impediment

Jesus explained the parable of the sower

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Many years ago, Chinese farmers theorized that they could eat their big potatoes and use the small ones for seed. Consequently, they ate the big potatoes and planted the small ones. As a result of this,á over the years, nature eventually reduced the size of all the potatoes … More

Harvest

Jesus explained the parables to those who stayed around after the meeting and really wanted to know the truth. His explanation of the sowing of the seed is compared to giving out the Word of God and the different type of soil is compared to the varying degrees of responses to hearing the Word.

1. The calloused heart (wayside) dominated by Satan and totally unresponsive (v. 15).

2. The shallow heart (stony ground) has no depth of spiritual character (v. 16-17).

3. The compromising heart (among thorns) overwhelmed by allurements (v. 18-19):

  • (A) “the cares of this world”
  • (B) “the deceitfulness of riches”
  • (C) “the lust of other things”

4. The fruitful heart (good ground) productive in proportion to one’s yielding to Christ (v. 20).

This is the parable to end despair. It may seem that much of our effort achieves no result; it may seem that much of our labor is wasted. That is how the disciples were feeling, when they saw Jesus banished from the synagogue and regarded with suspicion. In many places his message seemed to have failed, and they were discouraged and down-hearted. But this parable said to them, and says to us, “Patience! Do your work. Sow the seed. Leave the rest to God. The harvest is sure.”

If we are to benefit by the Christian message the parable says that we must do three things:

  1. We must hear it.
  2. We must receive it.
  3. We must put it into action.

Just remember that part of the seed never grew at all and part of it never grew to maturity, but at the end of the season there was a good harvest. The message is clear - Do your work - Sow the seed - Leave the rest to God - The harvest is sure.

Application

There have been times in my life when I did not follow the clear direction or was overtaken by things. But as long as I stick to studying and obeying His Word there will be a harvest.

Mark 4:10-20 (English Standard Version)

And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. 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, so that "they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand, lest they should turn and be forgiven." And he said to them, "Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word. 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. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. 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. And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, 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. 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."

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