Mark Chapter 4
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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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.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Jmike's Mark Chapter 4 comment on 12/06/2014, 4:48am...
IMO. God provides everything, the point I feel is to rely on God through the storms, trials and tribulations we are aware we will be going through. We "blame " instead of rejoice in overcoming sickness and death. We become seeds that dont grow, or become rooted in problems, instead of knowing through faith and teaching that God is carrying us through this. This physical life is not the end, its "grade school ", and we are not ready to graduate..
Kasib A mumin's Mark Chapter 4 comment on 10/23/2014, 8:08pm...
I beleive everyone goes threw something,every how one may put it,we all go threw storms,but we must have hope, along with the faith we have in God to help us threw it all
Eaglesrock's Mark Chapter 4 comment on 8/11/2014, 4:49pm...
M 's Mark 4 commit. You are saying that we should give thanks to God for the storms by quoting 1 Thes. "in everything give thanks " So you are saying to me that I should give thanks for my cancer. God didn 't make me sick. Its a part of the curse. In everything I give thanks good or bad because the Joy of the Lord is my strength. I am not going to get depress and thank God for something he did not do. That 's what the Devil wants. I know my God is my Jehovah Ralpha my Healer. Storms are test trials that build character. When you are going through a storm who are you going to call upon. You can 't call on Jesus if you believe he sent the storm. No he delivers us from them if we call on His name.
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