Three mini parables mark 4 -21ff - march 3, 2013

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Three mini parables mark 4 -21ff - march 3, 2013

  1. 1. The Essential Jesus asRevealed in the Gospel of Mark
  2. 2. March isNationalOptimism Month!
  3. 3. Sharpening Our Focus on Christ!Five passages each week to help us “fix our eyes upon Jesus!”
  4. 4. The Essential Jesus asRevealed in the Gospel of Mark
  5. 5. Mark 4:21-41 Three Mini-Parables and One Mega Storm!
  6. 6. What is a “parable?”para (alongside of) and baleo (to throw) “To throw alongside of”
  7. 7. The purpose of parablesMark 4:11-12And he said to them, “To you has beengiven the secret of the kingdom of God.But for those outside everything is inparables, so that “they “may indeed seebut not perceive, and may indeed hearbut not understand, lest they should turnand be forgiven.”
  8. 8. Three Mini-Parables#1 – The Parable of the Lamp
  9. 9. The Parable of the LampMark 4:21-23And he said to them, “Is a lamp broughtin to be put under a basket, or under abed, and not on a stand? For nothing ishidden except to be made manifest; noris anything secret except to come tolight. If anyone has ears to hear, let himhear.”
  10. 10. The Parable of the LampMark 4:13And he said to them, “Do you notunderstand this parable? How then willyou understand all the parables?”Mark 4:15The sower sows the word.
  11. 11. The Parable of the LampPsalm 119:105Your word is a lamp to my feet and alight to my path.
  12. 12. The Parable of the LampMark 4:21-23And he said to them, “Is a lamp broughtin to be put under a basket, or under abed, and not on a stand? For nothing ishidden except to be made manifest; noris anything secret except to come tolight. If anyone has ears to hear, let himhear.”
  13. 13. The Parable of the Lamp Lanterns are meant to be lit and to give light! And so it is with God’s Word!
  14. 14. The Parable of the LampMark 4:23-24And he said to them, “Pay attention towhat you hear: with the measure youuse, it will be measured to you, and stillmore will be added to you. For to the onewho has, more will be given, and fromthe one who has not, even what he haswill be taken away.”
  15. 15. Three Mini-Parables#1 – The Parable of the Lamp#2 – The Parable of the Growing Seed
  16. 16. The Parable of the Growing SeedMark 4:26-29And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if aman should scatter seed on the ground. Hesleeps and rises night and day, and the seedsprouts and grows; he knows not how. Theearth produces by itself, first the blade,then the ear, then the full grain in theear. But when the grain is ripe, at once heputs in the sickle, because the harvest hascome.”
  17. 17. Yr of Obscurity(Early Judean)Yr of Popularity (Early andMiddle Galilean)Yr of Opposition(Later Galilean,Judean, Perean)
  18. 18. The Parable of the Growing Seed1 Corinthians 3:6-7I planted, Apollos watered, but God gavethe growth. So neither he who plantsnor he who waters is anything, but onlyGod who gives the growth.
  19. 19. Three Mini-Parables#1 – The Parable of the Lamp#2 – The Parable of the Growing Seed#3 – The Parable of the Mustard Seed
  20. 20. The Parable of the Mustard SeedMark 4:30-34And he said, “With what can we comparethe kingdom of God, or what parable shallwe use for it? It is like a grain of mustardseed, which, when sown on the ground, isthe smallest of all the seeds on earth, yetwhen it is sown it grows up and becomeslarger than all the garden plants and putsout large branches, so that the birds of theair can make nests in its shade.”
  21. 21. The Parable of the Mustard Seed ESV MacArthur Study Bible Study Bible
  22. 22. Three Mini-Parables#1 – The Parable of the Lamp#2 – The Parable of the Growing Seed#3 – The Parable of the Mustard Seed
  23. 23. Three Mini-ParablesMark 4:33-34With many such parables he spoke theword to them, as they were able to hearit. He did not speak to them without aparable, but privately to his owndisciples he explained everything.
  24. 24. Today’s TakeawayThe Bible is a very powerful book, a fact we all too often forget! Bible is a LAMP – light dispels darkness!Bible is a SEED – a seed, though smallhas the potential within of a bountiful harvest!
  25. 25. Today’s TakeawayRevelation 7:9-10After this I looked, and behold, a greatmultitude that no one could number, fromevery nation, from all tribes and peoplesand languages, standing before the throneand before the Lamb, clothed in whiterobes, with palm branches in theirhands, and crying out with a loudvoice, “Salvation belongs to our God whosits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
  26. 26. Today’s Takeaway If we truly believe this truth about the Bible – that it is indeed a powerful book that is able to givelight and life . . . Then here are threecrucial questions for you to answer:
  27. 27. Today’s Takeaway Given the reality of the Bible’s power to bring light and life …1. Are you seeking to KNOW it?2. Are you striving to LIVE it?3. Are you purposing to GIVE it AWAY?

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