• The Parable of the Sower

    Mark 4:1—9

    Understanding that God must give people hearts to believe releases us from many burdens. All we have to do is preach the gospel faithfully; we do not have to reinvent the wheel and come up with new techniques to get ...Read More

  • The Purpose of Parables

    Mark 4:10—12

    Many of us have the opportunity to teach the Word of God to others. Some of us serve as pastors, elders, Bible study leaders, or Sunday school teachers. Others of us teach our kids the truths of Scripture at home ...Read More

  • The Path and Rocky Soil

    Mark 4:13—17

    In his sermon “The Seed upon Stony Ground,” C.H. Spurgeon notes that persecution can come in many forms, including the assaults of skeptics. He laments that “many hearers and receivers of the word have been destroyed by critical ...Read More

  • The Thorns and the Harvest

    Mark 4:18—20

    None of us can anticipate the size of the harvest that will be produced when God’s Word meets good soil. The one thing we can be sure of, however, is that a harvest will come. We will not see in ...Read More

  • Secrets Made Manifest

    Mark 4:21–23

    Many believers have questions about the demonic such as “Can a Christian be demon-possessed?” The fact that Satan is not equal in power to God helps us understand that though the devil is mighty, He is still subject to ...Read More

  • More to Those Who Have

    Mark 4:24–25

    God blesses us with the light of the revelation of His kingdom not so that we can be indifferent to it but so that we will respond to it in faith. However, He will not offer the kingdom to us ...Read More

  • Slow and Steady Growth

    Mark 4:26–29

    In various ways, the church is tempted to bring about the growth of the kingdom of God. Many will try to make the gospel less offensive or will try to use methods of growing the kingdom other than the ordinary ...Read More

  • The Parable of the Mustard Seed

    Mark 4:30—32

    John Calvin comments on this parable that “the Lord opens his reign with a feeble and despicable commencement, for the express purpose, that his power may be more fully illustrated by its unexpected progress.” There is no other explanation ...Read More

  • Speaking Ever in Parables

    Mark 4:33—34

    We who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone have the benefit of receiving the explanation of His teaching from Him. This does not occur by the impartation of secret knowledge available only to a select few; rather, it occurs ...Read More

  • Jesus Ceases a Storm

    Mark 4:35–40

    Part of the good news of the gospel is that it is not the strength of our faith that saves us but rather the Object of our faith. Our trust is often weak, and we sometimes fail to believe that ...Read More

  • The Holiness of Christ

    Mark 4:35-41

    When we trust in Jesus, we are His holy people by God’s decree, and, over time, we become holy in our experience as we put sin to death and grow in likeness to Christ. In Jesus, we have a twofold ...Read More

  • The Holiness of Christ

    Mark 4:35–41

    One compelling evidence for the deity of Christ is that those who saw Him in His majesty reacted as Isaiah did when he was granted a vision of the Lord (see Isa. 6:1–6 and the passages for further ...Read More

  • Master of Wind and Sea

    Mark 4:41

    In the presence of God, sinners tremble with anxious fear. The only way for us to stand in His presence unafraid is to have our sin covered. Ultimately, that is why Jesus came and why His holiness and divine nature ...Read More