Mark 4:30 – Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it?” NIV
Here Jesus puts into question form a topic that He often states: “The Kingdom of God (Heaven) is like …” and then proceeds to share a parable that is a simile for the Kingdom of God. Why does He use these parable (earthly stories with a heavenly meaning) to describe the Kingdom of God? I discussed this some in Question #60. Jesus wanted to stir the interest of the crowds without setting Himself up for a charge of blasphemy that would come soon enough. His time had not yet come. Continue reading
Mark 4:21 – He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand?” NIV
The image of a lamp either being hidden or placed on a lampstand is used by Jesus several times in His teaching recorded in the Gospels. It is common sense to place a lamp on a lampstand in order for it to light up the whole room. Our light or lamp is usually what shines from our inside out. If we are Christ-followers our light (a reflection of Jesus’ light) is meant to illuminate our path and give light to those around us. It is a way of sharing God’s love and encouraging others to also follow Jesus. We are encouraged to let our light shine. Continue reading
Mark 4:13 – (similar to Question #19) – Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?” NIV
I have finished Matthew’s Gospel and covered all except one question of which I know that Jesus asked. I found that question as I was going through Mark and looking for questions that Jesus asked … not wanting to repeat the ones that He asked in Matthew’s Gospel. I’ll deal with that question in Mark’s Gospel. Since Matthew and Mark contain many of the same accounts, there will be significantly fewer questions in Mark’s Gospel.
Evidently, Jesus asked many similar questions to the one above to His disciples because He wanted to see if they were getting what He was saying. This question is similar to Question #19, but Jesus asked it in conjunction with a parable not recorded in Matthew’s Gospel but only in Mark and Luke’s Gospels. It is about a farmer who went out to sow seed and it fell in various places: along the path, in rocky soil, among weeds, and on good soil (Mark 4:3-8). Evidently, Jesus perceived that His closest followers didn’t get everything that He was saying; so He sat them down and asked these questions. Continue reading