A farmer had noticed some boys kept stealing watermelons out of his watermelon patch every
night so he decided to put a stop to them. He put a sign out in his watermelon patch that said, “One
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Why is it that the hearing of the Word of God does not produce the same results in every heart? As the Word of God is taught to a group of people there are varied responses to it. It is said that it makes some mad, some glad and some sad. The answer is given by the Lord Himself as He sits in a boat anchored on the shore of the Sea of Galilee teaching a multitude of people sitting on the hillside nearby. (v. 1). Jesus was a wise teacher. He knew it was useless to expect simple minds to understand abstract ideas so he used stories from real life to teach spiritual truths they could not understand (vv. 2-3). It is even quite possible that he actually saw someone sowing seed on the hillside nearby and asked them to look.He calls attention to four types of soil the seed will fall in: the hard soil, the shallow soil, the weedy soil and the good soil (vv. 4-8). Whether the seed takes root and grows is dependent on the soil where it is sown. The same is true in hearing the Word of God. The response is dictated by the heart that receives it. If the will is right, the understanding of the teaching will not be a problem (John. 7:17).
Ask - If you had been in the crowd when Jesus gave this parable which of the following would you have been thinking?
___ What’s He saying?
___ Is He trying to say something to me?
___ I Wonder which soil I am?___ Sure wish so and so could hear this!
Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: "Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold." And he said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
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Mark 1:1-8John the Baptist Prepared The Way For Jesus
Mark 1:9-20Jesus Begins to Pick His Staff
Mark 1:21-34Jesus 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 7:1-13Conflict With The Religious Leaders Over Laws
Mark 7:14-23Jesus 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