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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.

2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,

3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:

4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.

5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:

6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.

7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.

8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.

9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.

11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?

14 The sower soweth the word.

15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;

17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.

18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,

19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

21 And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?

22 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.

23 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.

24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.

25 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.

26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.

28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.

30 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?

31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:

32 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.

33 And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it.

34 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.

35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.

36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.

37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

Commentary for Mark 4

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.

Discussion for Mark 4

  • Wesley Smith on Mark 4
    Why did not Jesus just tell the deciples Not to worry, because He was right there with them and he knows that they would make it to the other side. Instead He spoke to the storm "Peace be still". Give your understanding of the purpose here where either would have been a comforting word.
  • Chris - in Reply on Mark 4
    Wesley, that's a good question, as Jesus could have done either, or maybe even shifted the boat to another part of the sea or even to miraculously take all of them onto dry land, leaving the boat to be tossed about & destroyed.

    So there were options before the Lord. Yet, I can see that Jesus had to on numerous occasions prove to His disciples (& others) Who He really was - not just another good person or a prophet. Remembering, that these were generally simple, carnal men who would one day believe on Him, do great exploits in His Name & even go to their deaths for His sake. So through Jesus healing of many, raising the dead, revelation of His Wisdom & Divine Authority, forgiving sins, demons fear of Him, acceptance of worship, prediction of the future, equality with the Godhead, etc. all served to not only touch the lives around Him, but to also prove His Deity, Power & Wisdom.

    So I see Jesus' calming of the storm & waves as yet another one of those proofs He gave to an otherwise disbelieving & fearful coterie of men. He could have calmed them down with comforting words & seen them through the storm - that would've worked too, but He chose to demonstrate God's Power working through Him & that indeed, God had visited His people.
  • Wesley Smith - in Reply on Mark 4
    Great point. Might I also add that Jesus during his ministry not only proved who he was to a darken world, but also sought to prove to those he held close in teaching that as he was obedient to the Word of His Father so they needed to do likewise. He mentioned time and again that he did as his father commanded. RHe spoke the words of faith not wavering. And this act in calming the storm was another example to his deciles that if they SPOKE the words in faith not wavering then whatsoever the commanded would be accomplished.

    His example lead him to allow the decouples to realize that if the spoke as hi did then the act he did they would also do & more due tho his return to his father.

    Thank you
  • Chris - in Reply on Mark 4
    Very true. Thank you Wesley.
  • Q E Williams on Mark 4
    Even Jesus our Savior, The Son of Man and the Son of God, After He had fasted forty days (40 days) he was weak, but He was the WORD, so He spoke to HaSatan three times from the OLD TESTAMENT, "IT is WRITTEN " So we must hide the WORD in our heart that we must know the WORD and Speak it in Fairh! "FOR IT IS WRITTEN!" There is POWER Iin the WORD! We need the WORD 24/7! We must stay focused and not distracted! The storms may come and Go, but If We Know the WORD, SOEAK TO THAT STORM to BE STILL and Know that HE IS GOD! They forgot who was in the Boat with them! That's what happens to Us in our daily living.. distractions come, and we forget, "He said He will NEVER LEAVE US" KEEP THE FAITH...allow HIM to take you to the other side...BUT GOD, GOD GOT YOU!
  • Pastor Rodney Garrett on Mark 4
    Pastor Rodney Garrett. 6/7/2020

    Mark 4:35-41

    "Fearful and Faithless"

    Storms in our lives, But God

    Look at situations, But God

    Listening to man, But God

    Fear, But God

    God is in Control/Develop You while going through

    Who creates the storm, But God

    Peace be still/ muzzle

    God is sovereign

    Closer to God/ Storms

    God is in the mist/Miracles

    Peace/waves stopped

    Everything is All Well, But God

    God knows All
  • Marcia on Mark 4:20
    How do we use the weapon Jesus have giving us to fight with.
  • Q E Williams - in Reply on Mark 4
    Even Jesus our Savior, The Son of Man and the Son of God, After He had fasted forty days (40 days) he was weak, but He was the WORD, so He spoke to HaSatan three times from the OLD TESTAMENT, "IT is WRITTEN " So we must hide the WORD in our heart that we must know the WORD and Speak it in Fairh! "FOR IT IS WRITTEN!" There is POWER Iin the WORD! We need the WORD 24/7! We must stay focused and not distracted! The storms may come and Go, but If We Know the WORD, SOEAK TO THAT STORM to BE STILL and Know that HE IS GOD! They forgot who was in the Boat with them! That's what happens to Us in our daily living.. distractions come, and we forget, "He said He will NEVER LEAVE US" KEEP THE FAITH...allow HIM to take you to the other side...BUT GOD, GOD GOT YOU!
  • Bendito Palavra - in Reply on Mark 4
    The heroes of faith in the Old Testament learned that it was the LORD that won the battle every time. Their part in any victory was to simply believe and do as he commanded them.

    In Matthew chapter 4, Jesus withstood the devil's temptations by using scripture. The better we know the Word of God, the greater our ability to stand against the assaults of the tempter.

    In John chapter 15 we learn that unless we abide in Jesus Christ, we can do nothing. We wither as a dried branch off the vine.

    In Ephesians 6, we are instructed in the proper use of the armour of God and told that our warfare is in the spiritual realm, not against flesh and blood.

    1 Peter 5:8-11 "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

    1 John chapter 2 gives us some great instruction on the battles we face with our own nature and the ways of this world.

    1 John 5:4-5"For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?"

    Revelation 12:11 "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death."
  • Fred Scanlan on Mark 4
    Love Him with all your soul,heart ,and mind. Be ware what you hear.What measure you meet. His strength is made perfect through weakness.Let your light shine so there will be no darkness at all. Walk while it is light , darkness will come when we cannot walk. Keep your lamps lite and full of oil. Christ is returning for his church!


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