Day 4: March 25, 2020

Jesus uses a parable to teach about receiving the message of the gospel (what God has done to save sinners through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus). Jesus declares that receiving the good news has nothing to do with the one sharing the message, nor the message itself. Rather, a person’s response to the message of the gospel depends on the condition of his or her heart.

A heart that has been hardened by sin and is unwilling to humble itself before the Lord will not receive the gospel. However, a heart that is repentant, humble, and in a state of surrender before God will receive the gospel and be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit from the inside-out!

Mark 4

The Parable of the Sower

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! Behold, 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.”

The Purpose of the Parables

10 And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. 11 And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, 12 so that

“‘they may indeed see but not perceive,
    and may indeed hear but not understand,
lest they should turn and be forgiven.’”

13 And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. 16 And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. 17 And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. 18 And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, 19 but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 20 But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”

A Lamp Under a Basket

21 And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? 22 For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” 24 And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. 25 For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

The Parable of the Seed Growing

26 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. 34 He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.

Jesus Calms a Storm

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.


Which type of soil do you think we represent? Which type of soil would your neighbors say you are? What can you do today to spread the message of the gospel to your neighbors?


7 thoughts on “Mark Chapter 4

  1. Thank you for keeping us in touch through the Word. Specifically in this time I have to evaluate what type of soil am I. What type of soil do I represent to those I come in contact with; even on social media. Gods Word is always humbling.

  2. Thank you for keeping us connected since we are going through this Coronavirus! I really want to be the seed that is growing and my prayer is that I will get into the Word daily and continue everyday to set aside time with the Lord and daily devotions!🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  3. This parable is often known as the parable of the sower but it’s really the parable of the soils! Lord willing, I try to be good soil. As Jesus continually points out, it’s all about the fruit we produce. So, do people see fruit in my life? I pray that is so. I want my neighbors to see fruit in my life especially in the midst of this pandemic! Lord, help me to love my neighbors well and be good soil that produces fruit for your kingdom!

  4. God is in control!

    37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

  5. Great portion of scripture for the things we are going through right now. That is the way God works. Never early or late but right on time with directions and encouragement for his children.

  6. Lord, thank you for sowing your seed, the gospel, in my life. Give me your ears to hear your word, accept it’s truth and bear fruit by living it out through the relationships closest to me, like my family and neighbors.

  7. I pray that I am the good soil. My goal is to seek Him intentionally everyday and to share with those around me, from little to big!

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