We sow the seed of God’s Word. God gives the growth.

Mark

4:1-34  –  God’s Word carries this message: ‘He who has ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says…’ (9; Revelation 2:7,11,17,29; 3:6,13,22). We must listen for the voice of the Spirit. Grace has been ‘given’ to us (11). It is God’s gift. To God be the glory! Sadly, some refuse to listen. Think about your response to God’s Word (15-20). Let your light shine (21-23; Matthew 5:16). Use your gifts, or lose them (24-25). We preach the Word. God gives the growth (26-29; 1 Corinthians 3:6-7). A small child can count the seeds in an apple. Only God knows how many apples there are in a single seed! God’s Word is a ‘seed’ which bears much fruit (30-32; 1 Peter 1:23-25). Parables whet the appetite – for more! They were given to people ‘as they were able to hear it’ – ‘a starter’ (33-34)! May we be ‘visual aids’ to whet people’s appetite – for God!

4:35-5:20  –  Jesus was sleeping because He was tired – not because He didn’t care (38)! He does care. Everything was under control. Faith was being tested. Fear and faith are opposites (40). ‘Awe’ (41) is very different from unbelieving fear. Awe leads to worship. Fear destroys faith. The man was filled with ‘unclean spirits’ (13). He was a ‘demoniac’ (15-16). No one could do anything for him (3) – except Jesus! They tried to ‘subdue’ him (4). Jesus saved him! He is able to lift from the guttermost… and ‘save to the uttermost’ (Hebrews 7:25). The human situation is hopeless (Ephesians 4:18-19; 2 Corinthians 4:4) – without Christ! With Him, everything changes (2 Corinthians 4:6; Ephesians 4:22-24). ‘’The gates of hell prevail against’ us. They do not prevail against Christ (Matthew 16:18). Tell others what the ‘Lord has done for you’ – God will use your words to bring blessing (19-20).

5:21-6:13  –  The story begins with Jairus (21-24). Then, there is an ‘interruption’ – which brought healing to a woman (25-34). The woman had nowhere else to go (25-26). She came to Jesus (27). She was healed – not because she touched His garment (many others were brushing against Him), but because she had ‘faith’ (28,31,34). Jesus brought her out into the open – so that she might confess Him (30,32-33). The new birth can take place in very quiet circumstances – by faith in Christ. Jesus wants us to ‘come out’ –  to confess Him. Back to Jairus’ daughter – People thought there was no hope. Jesus said, ‘Do not fear, only believe’ (35-36). Not everyone believes. We can limit the power of Christ among us – by our unbelief (5-6)! We can, however, be called, sent and given authority… (7) – Never forget: The power and glory belongs to God (1 Corinthians 1:27-29).

3 thoughts on “We sow the seed of God’s Word. God gives the growth.

  1. Pingback: Matthew 8:28-34 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The Demon-possessed of the Gadarenes | Belgian Biblestudents - Belgische Bijbelstudenten

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