Exploring the Gospel of Mark, Part 2

Mark 4:1-34

The Secret of the Kingdom:

Many of the people who came to see Jesus were curious, but they didn't want to hear what Jesus had to say. They came with stopped-up ears. Only a few were listening. Because of the response of the crowd, Jesus changed His approach. When He began His ministry, He proclaimed the good news. "The time is fulfilled," He said. "The kingdom of God is at hand" (1:15).

As He cast out evil spirits, healed the sick, and forgave sins, He made it clear that He was the Son of God with authority over Satan and over man. But now, from this point on, He would teach in parables.

Only those with open hearts would be able to understand what He was teaching. Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd gathered around Him was so large that Jesus got into a boat and pushed off from shore. There He taught His most important parable. He told the disciples that if they didn't understand the Parable of the Sower, then they wouldn't be able to understand any other parable. Why was this so? Because in this parable Jesus revealed the secret of the kingdom of God. Lets not miss the secret!

I. The Parable of the Sower. 4:1-20

II. The Lamp and the Measure. (v21-25)

III. The Growing Seed. v26-29

IV. The Mustard Seed. v30-34