Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Day 12- Mark 4-6

I like 5:36~ “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

Jesus says this to the parents of the 12 year old girl, after others told them, “Your daughter is dead.” 

What a GREAT reminder for us!!! Don’t get caught up listening to others (even if what they say sounds true), JUST pay attention to what Jesus says!!!

What verse stood out to you?


Anne said...

Hi Anita! Thank you for continuing to encourage us in our Bible reading! Today I stopped at Mark 4:9 & 23..."he who has ears to hear, let him hear!" One commentary I read says "Who is he who has ears? The simple answer: all people who have been or are being given the words of God. Like the parables' original audience, we must also "Listen up! Pay close attention!" Jesus' simple request is that we use our God-given faculties to tune in to His words." Jesus wanted the people to understand Him (Mark 4:22). "Seeking God's truth takes energy and focus; it takes a willingness to be challenged and changed." Jesus said that we need to ask and seek and knock...keep on coming to Him, just like the disciples, asking Him to give us the wisdom we need to understand the truths found in God's word. God promises that when we ask, He will give to us generously and without reproach (James 1:5). Lord, we want to know you more deeply. Like Paul, it is the desire of our hearts "to gain Christ and be found in Him." Thank you for your Word. Please help us to know You and to love you more everyday. Amen. "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ who You have sent." John 17:3

Rapster J said...

The parable of the sower has always been fascinating to me, as I definitely can identify with the soils categories (I won't tell you which one). So, is Jesus speaking of salvation when He says the word was sown?

Keri Sukut said...

I think the word sown means the truth of the gospel being planted, spread, scattered, etc. It depends on the receiver what they do with it - it will either be wasted or will produce fruit. My 2 cents πŸ€—

Walking with The Way said...

I love your thoughts on that, Anne. I, too, want to know him more deeply! That is why it is so important to read daily. My prayer for all of you reading, is that this 90 day "challenge" will ignite in you a desire to continue in someway with reading God's word every day....the rest of your life! 😳 What? That's a lot of reading!
I know, right?....but that is my prayer! 😊It doesn't have to be at a fast pace. Just something to keep you abiding in HIM.

Walking with The Way said...

I have a commentary in my Bible that says in reference to "the word", "The interpretation calls attention to the response to the word of God that Jesus has been preaching."
What was Jesus preaching? Mark 1:15 says Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. "The time has come", he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!"

"This parable stresses the importance of proper soil for the growth of seed and the success of the harvest." (My Bible commentary)

So Keri is right in saying it depends on the receiver (the soil) with what they do with the news of "Repenting and believing, the kingdom is near".

Side note:
Notice the next parable right after that one (which is only mentioned in Mark), the parable of the Growing Seed. In this parable the "mysterious power of the seed itself is emphasized" (Bible commentary) The gospel message contains it's own power and is not dependent on the soil! πŸ€”Huh!

All that being said, I think your question has more to do with the individuals response verses the "word" that was sown. Your question leads to the age old question, can a person, who receives the word with "joy", apparently be saved, but then fall away from that faith? The same goes for the one who gets "choked out". Did these two examples of people ever really have a saving faith?
Many Biblical scholars would say no, they did not. Here is a link you can read for that view point:
That website is Calvery based.
On the other hand, here is a website that speaks to the opposing view, yes, you can "lose your salvation":
Both of these sites hold similar theologies, yet differ on this point.

I personally have battled this topic for two years and have not landed in either camp. I am still praying for the wisdom that Anne mentioned God would give me "generously and without reproach" (James 1:5) πŸ˜‰