Bible Study - Mark 4:1-9 The Parable of the Sower

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The Gospel of Mark : 

The Gospel of Mark Chapter 4:1-9

Parables : 

Parables Parables are short stories that use familiar scenes, everyday objects, and relationships to explain spiritual truths. A parable compares something familiar to something unfamiliar. It requires the listener to discover truth, while at the same time concealing the truth from those too lazy or too stubborn to see it. Jesus’ insights were hidden from those who refused to look for the truth and from those who were not truly interested. To those who were honestly searching, the truth eventually became clear.

Describe Goodness : 

Describe Goodness Jesus told parables to the entire crowd (4:1) but He explained the parable to His disciples and other true followers later in chapter 4 (4:10). Jesus used the parabolic method, which was a common teaching tool used by Jewish teachers to stimulate thought among their audiences. Parables are also found in the Old Testament one of the most famous is the story of the one ewe lamb that Nathan told to David when David had arranged the murder of Uriah in order to and marry his wife Bathsheba (2 Samuel 12:1–7).

A Shift in Place : 

A Shift in Place Jesus had left the synagogue to preach next to the sea. Jesus chose to tell parables simply to make people listen. He was not now dealing with an assembly of people in a synagogue, who were more or less bound to remain there until the end of the service, He was dealing with the crowds which were free to wonder off if His teachings didn’t interest them. Therefore, parables would catch their interest. Unless He gained their interest they would simply drift away.

The Construction of a Parable : 

The Construction of a Parable Jesus started from the here and now to get to the then and there. He started from a common activity, planting, that was being done at the time in order to lead men’s thoughts to heaven. He started from something which all the people knew about to get to something which they hadn’t realized, or though about.

The Parable of the Sower : 

The Parable of the Sower Mark 4:1-9 The Holy Bible : Revised Standard Version Second Catholic edition (2006), with the ecclesiastical approval of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Thomas Nelson Publishing for Ignatius Press.

Faith Development : 

Faith Development This parable is one of the rare occasions when we have the explanation of the parable coming from Jesus Himself. As we shall see in verses 10-20 this parable has to do with faith development. Spiritual development occurs in stages. Some of us seem to be frozen in one stage or another, while others continually seek a deeper spiritual understanding. How then can we grow to spiritual maturity? By opening our hearts and minds to the word of the Lord, in the Bible. We need to be the dry sponge that absorbs the word of truth. A truth that will help us clean our dirty dishes.

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