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.
VeNessa Chambers's Mark Chapter 4 comment about verse 6 on 3/31/2014, 12:35pm...
I believe that this portion of scripture is stating that if one does not have the word of God as a foundation in their heart then when circumstances or situations arise, their faith will then fail.
Anonymous's Mark Chapter 4 comment about verse 19 on 3/01/2014, 12:02pm...
Distraction is one of the most powerful weapon the enemy Possessing worldly goods is fine however when worldly good posses you it s evil
Emma's Mark Chapter 4 comment about verse 15 on 2/28/2014, 1:21pm...
I think it is sad when satan try to steal kill and destry but God is our shield he is the word and the truth no matter what satan try to do keep on keeping on with the Lord our god because no one cometh unto us but by the father
ART ADAMS JR.'s Mark Chapter 4 comment on 2/20/2014, 1:44pm...
I LOVE MARK 4 29 WHEN IN A STORM ALL JESUS SAID WAS PEACE BE STILL AND IT WAS STILL SAME AS IN OUR LIVES IF YOU BELEIVE IN JESUS
Bruce Keisling's Mark Chapter 4 comment about verse 28 on 1/17/2014, 5:22am...
Very often , we lack patience mixed with expectation. The seed ( and the Word ) will always produce of it's own.
Clarence's Mark Chapter 4 comment about verse 39 on 12/27/2013, 3:18pm...
He was showing us what authority we can exercise in life that is why He said oh Ye of little faith, and we should not fear the Devil we should rebuke him in The name of Jesus we have the authority when problems come in life rebuke them according to their names without doubt and fear, we are more than conquerors through Christ, there is power in the name of Jesus so lets exercise our authority given to us through Christ.
Ben Weaver's Mark Chapter 4 comment about verse 26 on 12/24/2013, 8:02am...
A few additional observations. Jesus taught these parables to people who were still outside,(v.11) and before the cross and Holy Spirit outpouring. Later, Paul says, we are translated into the kingdom, and coworkers with God.(Col.1:24)Although we cannot duplicate, or even understand the mystery of life and growth, Christians may be called to work with the word by prayer and faith in the name (as agents)of Jesus. This supernatural function in the spirit world is quite apart from our well-meant carnal systems of management. Our worldly programs and organizations (of church building) do not, in themselves have the spiritual life that only the word of God has. Lets be careful to plant, water, and harvest only His seed. The good seed of the gospel also prepares the soil, can stop Satan from stealing, and hinders carnal riches and cares from choking out the living seed. Jesus is that life-giving Spirit.(1 Cor. 15:45
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