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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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.
Qunion barker's Mark Chapter 4 comment about verse 22 on 7/06/2014, 6:51pm...
every thing is written in God word to his pepole .even the day,the watch the year of his return what take place even the last day,but you must tie meny subjects to gether to get your day that every one is looking for .i did!
Christi's Mark Chapter 4 comment on 5/30/2014, 12:42am...
I am in a terrible storm right now. I have been through many storms, ie bipolar disorder, restless legs, high blood pressure, dialysis and kidney transplant. Now my arm is burning and drawing up that has the dialysis graft in it. My ears ring deafenly loud. My legs are heavy and I can hardly stand up. I am so dizzy I cannot hardly walk. I think I am near to death. Jesus is my Rock in the midst of the storm. He is my hiding place when I am afraid.
EVELYN's Mark Chapter 4 comment on 5/29/2014, 6:06am...
I BELIEVE THAT THE PARABLE OF JESUS IS TALKING ABOUT THE SEED MEANING HIS WORDS THAT GOD HAD ALREADY PLANTED IN OUR LIVES. SOME PLANTED ON THE WAY SIDE, STONY GROUND, AMONG THORNS AND GOOD GROUND. WE ARE NOW OUR OWN FARMERS IN CONTROL OF PLOUDING THE SEED HOWEVER WE DESIRE FOR IT GROW. WE HAVE TO PRAY FOR THE RIGHT CHOICE TO BE MADE THROUGH OUR READING OF THE WORDS OF GOD EVERYDAY WHICH IS WATERING OUR SEED EVERYDAY, IN ORDER FOR OUR SEEDS TO GERMINATE.
Stephanie johnson's Mark Chapter 4 comment on 5/21/2014, 3:09pm...
We must be able to stand in the midst of our trials and situations. Mark 11 23 24 tells us that we can speak to those mountains whatever the situation and believe and don 't doubt in our heart and we shall have whatever we say. As long as we stay in the word we will have the strength we need to conquer our storms.
Judy Eads's Mark Chapter 4 comment on 5/06/2014, 7:53am...
We serve a mighty God.His coming is getting closer.Just be ready ,stay ready
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
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