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“Kingdom Parables”

Mark 4:21-34 p. 710

Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy

Faith Fellowship Church

Melbourne, Florida


So far in Mark

• Mostly ACTION - very little teaching.

• Look at the "red letters"

• Jesus has been proclaiming the Kingdom

• Healing - Casting out demons -

Mark reports that Jesus taught and preached

but he has not given us much of that

teaching.


Reacting or responding to

criticism.

• It's not the healthy who need a doctor

but the sick.

• Do the guests at wedding fast while the

Bridegroom is there

• The Sabbath was made for man-- not

man for the Sabbath.

• How can Satan drive out Satan-- a

house divided will not stand.


Last week…

• Parable of the soils…

1. Path

2. Rocky – shallow soil.

3. Thorns.

4. Good Soil.

• Be careful how you LISTEN.


Mark 4:21-34

He said to them, "Do you bring in a

lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed

Instead, don't you put it on its stand

[22] For whatever is hidden is meant to

be disclosed, and whatever is

concealed is meant to be brought out

into the open. [23] If anyone has ears to

hear, let him hear."


[24] "Consider carefully what you

hear," he continued. "With the measure

you use, it will be measured to you--

and even more. [25] Whoever has will

be given more; whoever does not have,

even what he has will be taken from

him.“


[26] He also said, "This is what the

kingdom of God is like. A man scatters

seed on the ground. [27] Night and day,

whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed

sprouts and grows, though he does not

know how.


[28] All by itself the soil produces grain--

first the stalk, then the head, then the

full kernel in the head. [29] As soon as

the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it,

because the harvest has come."


[30] Again he said, "What shall we say

the kingdom of God is like, or what

parable shall we use to describe it [31]

It is like a mustard seed, which is the

smallest seed you plant in the ground.

[32] Yet when planted, it grows and

becomes the largest of all garden

plants, with such big branches that the

birds of the air can perch in its shade."


[33] With many similar parables Jesus

spoke the word to them, as much as

they could understand. [34] He did not

say anything to them without using a

parable. But when he was alone with

his own disciples, he explained

everything.


3 Parables of the Kingdom…

• Parable of the Lamp and stand.

• Parable of the Seeds.

• Parable of the Mustard seed.


1st - The Lamp and

Stand…

You don’t light a lamp and put it under

a bowl or sleeping couch.

You put a lamp on its stand.

You elevate it to its place of

prominence.

• The message of Christ will be elevated

to its proper place of prominence.


Secrets disclosed.

• That which is hidden is meant to be

disclosed– that which is inwardly secret

will be rendered apparent or manifestly

declared.

• That which is secret or treasured will be

brought out into the open.

• The secrets of the Kingdom and the

secrets of sin will be exposed.


Matthew 10:27

What I tell you in the dark, speak in the

daylight; what is whispered in your ear,

proclaim from the roofs.


Luke 12:3

What you have said in the dark will be

heard in the daylight, and what you

have whispered in the ear in the inner

rooms will be proclaimed from the

roofs.


If anyone has ears to hear, let

him hear."

• Some of you need to be listening.

• Some of you need to be hearing.

• Some of you need to tune in the ears of

your spirit.


Consider Carefully…

[24] "Consider carefully what you hear,"

he continued.

• Take a good hard deliberate look– at

what you hear.

• Last week– we talked about how you

hear.

• Today Jesus mentions what you hear.


Spiritual Principle

"With the measure you use, it will be

measured to you– and even more.


Familiar image from every

market place.

• Two sets of scales and measures --

One for YOU and one for ME.

1 GAL 1 GAL

YOU

ME


God will measure to you—

• With the same measure you use for

others-- and even more.

• If you use a stingy measure -- the

measure to you will be more stingy.

• If you use a generous measure-- the

measure to you will be more generous.


What is Jesus talking about

• Our judgment of others

Matthew 7:2 For in the same way you

judge others, you will be judged, and

with the measure you use, it will be

measured to you.

• Our mercy and patience toward others


Finances

• Whoever sows sparingly will also reap

sparingly, and whoever sows

generously will also reap generously.

• Probably all of these.


In this context…

• Take a good look at the way you

measure what you hear– the way that

you weigh and adhere to the truth of

God.

• Do you hear– and sweep it aside

• Do you hear– and put on hold for later

consideration.

• Do you hear– and ignore


This is a dangerous practice

[25] Whoever has will be given more;

whoever does not have, even what he

has will be taken from him."

• This does not sound like fair or equal

sort of deal.


Your Walk with God…

• If you are blessed to have spiritual

insight and experience and you receive

and walk that with God– more will be

given to you.

• If you have a little spiritual insight and

experience and you refuse to receive

and walk with God– it will be taken from

you.


2nd – Parable of the Seed

• The Kingdom is like seed scattered that

grows.

• It grows whether the sower gets up or

not.

• There is power and potential in the

seed itself.

• It sprouts and grows and then it is time

for the harvest.


We don’t know why it grows.

• Isaiah 55:11 So is my word that goes

out from my mouth: It will not return to

me empty, but will accomplish what I

desire and achieve the purpose for

which I sent it.

• Don’t suppose that you can predict or

limit the Kingdom of God.


3 – Mustard Seed

• It is the smallest known seed you plant

in the ground.

• It becomes the largest of garden plants.

• It will grow to 12-15 feet in a few

weeks.

• There is a great amount of room.


What do we get here

1. Pay attention to the nature of your

soil.

2. The light of Jesus will be elevated.

The secret things will be proclaimed

and revealed.

3. Know that God is going to achieve

what He wants to achieve through His

Word.

4. The tiniest beginning can produce the

largest of plants.


Jesus continued to teach

the Kingdom…

With many similar parables Jesus

spoke the word to them, as much as

they could understand. [34] He did not

say anything to them without using a

parable. But when he was alone with

his own disciples, he explained

everything.

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