The King Tells More Parables
Mark 4:21-29 NASB
21 And He was saying to them, “A lamp is not brought to be put under a basket, is it, or under a bed? Is it not brought to be put on the lampstand? 22 For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” 24 And He was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides. 25 For whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.”
26 And He was saying, “The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; 27 and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows—how, he himself does not know. 28 The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head. 29 But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
- Truth Triumphs (4:21-23)
- Truth Transforms (4:24-25)
- Truth is Tenacious (4:26-29)
- Jesus speaks of a light being displayed, not hidden. Why do many Christians play “hide and seek” instead of “show and tell” with their faith? Have there been times you felt embarrassed or ashamed of the Gospel? Why
- Jesus gives us a warning concerning who we listen to? Why does it matter where we gain our wisdom from? How can wise counsel lead to growth and maturity?
- Do you tend to give up or persevere when growth and progress seems painfully slow?
- Is it encouraging to you that God’s kingdom grows automatically by its own power and ability apart from our efforts? How does this bring freedom? What dangers exist in this truth?