Challenging His Listeners

Jesus told stories about familiar things. However, it wasn’t just to be a storyteller. He was teaching and motivating them to do some thinking. These parables He gave had a purpose. Sometimes that purpose was an admonition, a principle, even a warning. One of these parables is found in Mark 4:1-9: “And He began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto Him a great multitude, so that He entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land. And He taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in His doctrine, ‘hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: and it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: but when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” This parable explained the experience of sowing the seed and the possible results of sowing. Buried in this lesson is a personal application. Later, Jesus explains this lesson to His disciples. We’ll look at that tomorrow, God willing. Knowles Shaw’s hymn, “Bringing in the Sheaves,” offers some good thoughts on this parable: “Sowing in the morning, sowing seeds of kindness, sowing in the noontide and the dewy eve, waiting for the harvest, and the time of reaping, we shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves. Sowing in the sunshine, sowing in the shadows, fearing neither clouds nor winter’s chilling breeze; by and by the harvest, and the labor ended, we shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves. Going forth with weeping, sowing for the Master, tho’ the loss sustained our spirit often grieves; when our weeping’s over, He will bid us welcome, we shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.” Selah! No Christian is exempt from sowing!  Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmal.com

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