Chapter 53

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(Mark 4:1,2)  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 [water is the symbol of the Holy Spirit]; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land [dry earth, sand]. And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine [Gk: instruction] [Dictionary: a particular principle taught or advocated],


(Mark 4:3-9)  Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower [a farmer] to sow [“his seed” Luke 85]: And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side [Gk: road side], and the fowls of the air came [demons, fallen angels, devils, unclean spirits] [“then cometh the devil” Luke 8:12] and devoured it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth [no common sense to think about it; to meditate]; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth [shallow perceptions]: But when the sun was up [testing], it was scorched; and because it had no root [of Jesus Christ: Rev 5:5; 22:16], it withered away [note the lack of water]. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it [Gk: strangled completely] [who choked it?], and it yielded no fruit. And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up [i.e. revelations] and increased; and brought forth, some thirty [fold], and some sixty [fold], and some an hundred [fold]. And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.


(Mark 4:10-12)  And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable [asked Him for the interpretation (of the tongue)]. 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 [i.e., in tongues]: That seeing they may see, and not perceive [“and their eyes they have closed” Mat 13:15]; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them [they loved their sins (their demons) and did not want them to depart].


(Mark 4:13-20)  And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? The sower soweth the word [sends His angels. Words contain thoughts, and thoughts are angels, good and bad]. And these are they by the way side, where the word [thoughts, good angels] is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word [thoughts, good angels] that was sown in their hearts. And these are they [words, thoughts, good angels] likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 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 [Gk: to entrapped, i.e. tripped up (fig. stumble or enticed to sin, apostasy or displeasure)]. And these are they [words, thoughts, good angels] which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word [thoughts, good angels], And the cares [Gk; distractions] [thoughts, evil angels] of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches [thoughts, evil angels], and the lusts of other things [thoughts, evil angels] entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear [Gk: understand] the word [thoughts, good angels], and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.


(Mark 4:21-25)  And he said unto them, Is a candle [Gk: an illuminator, a light] [a revelation] brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete [Gk: measure, estimate], it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear [Gk: understand] shall more be given. For he that hath [understanding, revelations], to him shall be given [more understanding, revelations]: and he that hath not [understanding, revelations], from him shall be taken even that [understanding (stony ground)] which he hath.


(Mark 4:26-29)  And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed [whose seed?] into the ground [of his heart]; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring [revelations] and grow up, he knoweth not how [for God “giveth the increase” 1 Cor 3:7]. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear [an analogy of the maturing thought (revelation) process]. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come [for a matured revelation to be shared].

1.      (2 Pet 1:20)  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.


(Mark 4:30-32)  And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God [on earth]? or with what comparison shall we compare it? 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: But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches [great doctrines: great thoughts]; so that the fowls of the air [demons, devils, unclean spirits, fallen angels] may lodge under the shadow of it [during this temporary earthly dispensation, only].

1.      Commentary: “greater than all herbs” = “and becometh a tree” (Mat 13:32); “and waxed a great tree” (Luke 13:19). A herb’s stem does not become woody or persistent and thus a herb differs from a tree. This is a picture of the “transformation” process (Rom 12:2). Herb to tree; caterpillar to butterfly.

2.      Commentary: Interestingly, reverse the root system of a tree upward, apply the thoughts analogy, and you have a godly strong hold.



(Mark 4:33,34)  And with many such parables spake he the word [the tongue of God; the thoughts of God, good angels] unto them, as they were able to hear it [i.e., He spoke in the tongue of God]. But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded [Gk: explained] [i.e., He interpreted the tongue of God] all things to his disciples [only].