Parables: What Do They Mean?

Mark 4:1-2; 33-34

Jesus began to teach using parables. Prior to this point in His ministry He taught openly for all to hear, but most of the people didnít want to hear the truth. (Not so much different from today.) What had happened is that the Jews, for the most part, had rejected Him and His message. They had said that He did miracles by the power of Satan, not by the power of God! Note: Mark 3:22.

He now turns His attention to a more personal and individual approach to reaching people. Only those who really wanted to hear would inquire and find the truth. Note: Mark 4:11-12.

None of the parables are found in Johnís gospel, some of the parables are included in all three of the others, and some are found in only one or two. Tonight we will begin our study with the parable of the sower. It is found in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. It is of extreme importance to our study because it is the first parable that Jesus taught, and it is the key to understanding others.

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