John the Baptist Prepared The Way For Jesus
Jesus Begins to Pick His Staff
Jesus Deals With an Unclean Spirit
Jesus Heals Peter’s Mother-in-Law
Jesus Rises Early to Spend Time With His Father
Jesus Touched The Leper And Healed Him
Jesus Heals The Paralyzed Man
Jesus Chooses Matthew as a Disciple
Pharisees Think There is Merit in Fasting
Jesus Plucks Grain on The Sabbath
Jesus Healing of The Man With The Witherd Hand
Crowds Come to See Jesus Performing Miracles
Jesus Delegates Responsibilities to His Disciples
Jesus Faces Opposition From Both Friend And Foe
Jesus’ Family Come to Take Him Home
Jesus Teaches on Sowing Seed in 4 Types of Soil
Jesus Explained The Parable of The Sower
Jesus Teaches in Parables
The Parable of The Mustard Seed
The Demon Possessed Man at Gerasa
Two Thousand Hogs Drown
Hemorrhaging Woman Healed
Jesus Heals Jairus Daughter
Jesus Returns to His Home Town of Nazareth
Jesus Sends His Disciples as Missionaries
Mark Tells About The Death of John The Baptist
Feeding of The 5000
Storm on The Sea of Galilee
Crowd Wanting to be Healed
Conflict With The Religious Leaders Over Laws
Jesus Attacks a System of Rules And Regulations
Jesus Casts a Demon Out of a Gentile Daughter
The Parable of The Mustard Seed
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In Palestine, a grain of mustard seed was a symbol for the smallest possible thing. (vv. 30-32) Actually it was not the smallest seed known. Palestinian mustard seed is about the size of our petunia seed. However, this tiny seed when it is planted in the ground becomes a tree that has been known to reach over twelve feet in height. Things that seem very small and insignificant, to us at the moment, have the potential of becoming large. This is true of both good and evil. Jesus used many stories like this to help them understand his teaching (v. 33). In fact He didn’t tell them anything without using stories (v. 34).
After teaching the large crowd Jesus was exhausted and got into a boat where He stretched out and was soon asleep (vv 35-41). A great storm came up and the boat was filling with water, but Jesus continued to sleep. The disciples had to awaken Him and as soon as He saw the problem He quieted the storm. This life is full of the storms of sorrow, problems and anxiety but Jesus understands and wants to replace our fear when we place our faith in Him and realize He is in the storm with us.
The question is - How do I respond to the storms of life?
___ I can handle this.
___ Why did this happen to me?
___ Blame others.
___ Turn to the Lord for help.
Mark 4:30-41 (English Standard Version)
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