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Mark 4

July 21, 2007

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

18 thoughts on “Mark 4”

  1. Susan – I’m sorry I haven’t been following through with this – it’s summer and the kids are home and we’ve been redecorating…sigh – I just didn’t want you to think I had forgotten.

    I’ll have to take time to read this chapter more thoroughly, but I have to say I just love the parables.

  2. Susan – I’m sorry I haven’t been following through with this – it’s summer and the kids are home and we’ve been redecorating…sigh – I just didn’t want you to think I had forgotten.

    I’ll have to take time to read this chapter more thoroughly, but I have to say I just love the parables.

  3. jON

    this parable of the sower has made me wonder if we can control what kind of “soil” we are.

  4. jON

    this parable of the sower has made me wonder if we can control what kind of “soil” we are.

  5. Hey Susan, I finally got out of my wirters block and put up a couple of new posts. I would like you opinion.

  6. Hey Susan, I finally got out of my wirters block and put up a couple of new posts. I would like you opinion.

  7. Don’t worry Erin I’ve been having a few problems myself!

    I like to think, Jon that we can control what kind of ‘soil’ we are. I think we can expose ourselves to favourable conditions and become good ‘soil’.

    Be there soon, Nate.

  8. Don’t worry Erin I’ve been having a few problems myself!

    I like to think, Jon that we can control what kind of ‘soil’ we are. I think we can expose ourselves to favourable conditions and become good ‘soil’.

    Be there soon, Nate.

  9. The parable of the growing seed doesn’t get a lot of attention compared to the other parables. I guess the message is in other parables but I like v.27 “Night and day whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.”

    The Kingdom grows and I don’t need to know how.

  10. The parable of the growing seed doesn’t get a lot of attention compared to the other parables. I guess the message is in other parables but I like v.27 “Night and day whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.”

    The Kingdom grows and I don’t need to know how.

  11. v.18-19 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.

    Three things are listed that make the word unfruitful: worries of this life; deceitfulness of wealth; and desires for other things. The antidote is not to worry (Matthew 6:25-34); to know that the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10); and to seek first his kingdom and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33).

  12. v.18-19 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.

    Three things are listed that make the word unfruitful: worries of this life; deceitfulness of wealth; and desires for other things. The antidote is not to worry (Matthew 6:25-34); to know that the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10); and to seek first his kingdom and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33).

  13. v.33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand.

    Jesus didn' tell them those things they could not understand. God only reveals as much as we can cope with at any one time.

  14. v.33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand.

    Jesus didn' tell them those things they could not understand. God only reveals as much as we can cope with at any one time.

  15. v.30-31 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth.

    (From Constable's Commentary) "The example of the mustard seed should prevent us from judging the significance of results by the size of the beginnings."

  16. v.30-31 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth.

    (From Constable's Commentary) "The example of the mustard seed should prevent us from judging the significance of results by the size of the beginnings."

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