Mark 1:1-8John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus
Mark 1:9-20Jesus begins to pick His staff
Mark 1:21-28Jesus deals with an unclean spirit
Mark 1:29-34Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law
Mark 1:35-39Jesus rises early to spend time with His Father
Mark 1:40-45Jesus touched the leper and healed him
Mark 2:1-12Jesus heals the paralyzed man
Mark 2:13-17Jesus chooses Matthew as a disciple
Mark 2:18-22Pharisees think there is merit in fasting
Mark 2:23-28Jesus plucks grain on the Sabbath
Mark 3:1-6Jesus healing of the man with the witherd hand
Mark 3:7-12Crowds come to see Jesus performing miracles
Mark 3:13-19Jesus delegates responsibilities to His disciples
Mark 3:20-30Jesus faces opposition from both friend and foe
Mark 3:31-35Jesus’ family come to take Him home
Mark 4:1-9Jesus teaches on sowing seed in 4 types of soil
Mark 4:10-20Jesus explained the parable of the sower
Mark 4:21-29Jesus teaches in parables
Mark 4:30-41The parable of the mustard seed
Mark 5:1-10The demon possessed man at Gerasa
Mark 5:11-20Two thousand hogs drown
Mark 5:21-34Hemorrhaging woman healed
Mark 5:35-43Jesus heals Jairus daughter
Mark 6:1-6Jesus returns to His home town of Nazareth
Mark 6:7-13Jesus sends His disciples as missionaries
Mark 6:14-29Mark tells about the death of John the Baptist
Mark 6:30-44Feeding of the 5000
Mark 6:45-52Storm on the Sea of Galilee
Mark 6:53-56Crowd wanting to be healed
Mark 7:1-7Conflict with the religious leaders over laws
Mark 7:8-23Jesus attacks a system of rules and regulations
Mark 7:24-30Jesus casts a demon out of a Gentile daughter
Mark 7:31-37Jesus heals a deaf man with a speech impediment
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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):
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:
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.
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.
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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