Mark Chapter 4
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1 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.
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Matthew Henry's Mark Chapter 4 Bible commentary...
The parable of the sower. (1-20) Other parables. (21-34) Christ stills the tempest. (35-41)1-20 This parable contained instruction so important, that all capable of hearing were bound to attend to it. There are many things we are concerned to know; and if we understand not the plain truths of the gospel, how shall we learn those more difficult! It will help us to value the privileges we enjoy as disciples of Christ, if we seriously consider the deplorable state of all who have not such privileges. In the great field of the church, the word of God is dispensed to all. Of the many that hear the word of the gospel, but few receive it, so as to bring forth fruit. Many are much affected with the word for the present, who yet receive no abiding benefit. The word does not leave abiding impressions upon the minds of men, because their hearts are not duly disposed to receive it. The devil is very busy about careless hearers, as the fowls of the air go about the seed that lies above ground. Many continue in a barren, false profession, and go down to hell. Impressions that are not deep, will not last. Many do not mind heart-work, without which religion is nothing. Others are hindered from profiting by the word of God, by abundance of the world. And those who have but little of the world, may yet be ruined by indulging the body. God expects and requires fruit from those who enjoy the gospel, a temper of mind and Christian graces daily exercised, Christian duties duly performed. Let us look to the Lord, that by his new-creating grace our hearts may become good ground, and that the good seed of the word may produce in our lives those good words and works which are through Jesus Christ, to the praise and glory of God the Father.
21-34 These declarations were intended to call the attention of the disciples to the word of Christ. By his thus instructing them, they were made able to instruct others; as candles are lighted, not to be covered, but to be placed on a candlestick, that they may give light to a room. This parable of the good seed, shows the manner in which the kingdom of God makes progress in the world. Let but the word of Christ have the place it ought to have in a soul, and it will show itself in a good conversation. It grows gradually: first the blade; then the ear; after that the full corn in the ear. When it is sprung up, it will go forward. The work of grace in the soul is, at first, but the day of small things; yet it has mighty products even now, while it is in its growth; but what will there be when it is perfected in heaven!
35-41 Christ was asleep in the storm, to try the faith of his disciples, and to stir them up to pray. Their faith appeared weak, and their prayers strong. When our wicked hearts are like the troubled sea which cannot rest, when our passions are unruly, let us think we hear the law of Christ, saying, Be silent, be dumb. When without are fightings, and within are fears, and the spirits are in a tumult, if he say, "Peace, be still," there is a great calm at once. Why are ye so fearful? Though there may be cause for some fear, yet not for such fear as this. Those may suspect their faith, who can have such a thought as that Jesus careth not though his people perish. How imperfect are the best of saints! Faith and fear take their turns while we are in this world; but ere long, fear will be overcome, and faith will be lost in sight.
Juane's Mark Chapter 4 comment on 3/11/2013, 9:29am...
This chapter was put in my spirit to remind the people that God did teach in parables because man cannot comprehend at a Godly level. I a m so glad he told the seed sowing story but backed with understanding and explaining to man how it is pertaining to man. Chapter 4:11-21 is self explainable. You must be born again to receive the word of God. Like the brother said, you become a new creature in Christ, if you receive Him in your heart. Without Him, the word means nothing at all. It is like another language. You are not an heir of the kingdom; therefore you will not understand the word. The best way to get the word as God gave it, is to pray for an understanding and open your heart to receive it. John 3:16 says it all! The "WORD" feeds your spirit and inner man.
Lawrence K's Mark Chapter 4 comment about verse 25 on 1/28/2013, 11:17pm...
"Them that got, shall get, them that have not shall lose, the Bible says so, and it is still news. Mama may have, Papa may have, God bless the Child that's got his own." "Some got, and some have not got" It's a cold world, still God is the provision for all who seek Him.
John's Mark Chapter 4 comment on 1/21/2013, 10:03pm...
I thought 2 was extremely powerful. My business partner has a friend active in his church, His friend is a doctor, so not a stupid guy. Anyway, he was asking the hard questions (which I guess you should only discuss with your pastor). So, I told my business partner, that I believed that God has revealed the truth to us (mostly) in the form of parables. I know this is a nagging concern to the doctor, hopefully this will put his mind to rest. Anyway, guys this is a great resource.
Jay's Mark Chapter 4 comment on 12/13/2012, 11:54am...
@ St Daniels,
This individual is correct in that we must be born again to receive the truth of understanding and wisdom of God's holy word (John 3:3-5; 4:24).
1. The bible is written for believers after they have been regenerated;
2. But one does not stay saved by their works of goodness (righteousness);
3. We are saved by the faith of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 12:2), all we do is ask for it (Romans 10:10-13). It is his (Jesus) faith that saves us and keeps us saved (Hebrews 12:2);
4. Anyone that believes you can lose your salvation after being born again, does not comprehend the meaning of being born again (Colossians 2:9-13);
5. Jesus is eternal and when you receive him as lord and savior, your become eternal (new nature II Corinthians 5:17). Your flesh is still able to sin, but the new seed you have received does not sin (I John 3:9). Flesh and blood will not inherit the kingdom of God (John 6:63; I Corinthians 15:50). A new baby is born with a live body, live soul, and a dead spirit. When a person is born again they now have a living soul, a living spirit, and a dead body. There is a trade off at the moment of salvation (Ephesians 2:1-10).
St daniel's Mark Chapter 4 comment on 8/03/2012, 11:49pm...
being bornagain aint enough one has to remain saved to recieve the truth and understand it. as humans we do stray becuase of economic hardships so many in the kingdom lack the staying power with gospel but it still remains mans no1 safest investment with peace. everyword from god has the power to happen if applied as instructed my submission is whatever we want in this life if give in that direction it must produce its kind as quoted in verse 28 why suffer long apply now for instant result this is a sure word of prophecy be blessed
Ken's Mark Chapter 4 comment on 1/26/2011, 12:37pm...
Mark 4:41 One of the great Bible truths is that God is in control of nature. Those who believe in global warming caused by man do not believe in a God who is Almighty.
Tina's Mark Chapter 4 comment on 12/14/2010, 1:49pm...
I'm not sure I understand completely myself, but I know that in God's great plan, the Jews were to reject the Gospel and their Savior so that we Gentiles might be grafted in that we may all be God's people--one in Christ.
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