ANY MAN HAVE EARS TO HEAR, LET HIM HEAR. (Mark 4:23)
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(Mark 4:24,25 KJV)
And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete,
it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. For he
that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken
even that which he hath.
4:24,25 KJV) And he said unto them,
Take heed [Gk:
behold, beware, perceive] what ye
hear [Gk: understand] [historically and generally, until the 1611 printing,
the Bible was an “oral” tradition]:
with what measure [degree
of importance] ye mete it [gauge it, esteem it], it
shall be measured [in return, measured
back] to you [good
for good, bad for bad]: and
unto you that hear [Gk: understand]
shall more be given. For
he that hath [understanding], to him shall
be given [more understanding]:
and he that hath not [understanding], from him shall be taken even that [understanding] which he
(Mat 13:19) When any one heareth
the word of the kingdom, and
understandeth it not,
then cometh the wicked one, and
catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by
the way side.
(Mat 13:23) But he that
received seed into the good ground [the
only type of ground that is saved, born-again. Why? Because it “beareth
fruit.”] is he that heareth the
word, and understandeth it; which also beareth
fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
The Full Life Study Bible:
Jesus states a principle of His kingdom here. Believers
must continue to acquire truth and grace or they will lose even what they have.
Growth in grace or spiritual decline may be hardly perceptible in the lives of
many. Nevertheless, it is a fact that a
Christian either grows or degenerates. The peril of final
apostasy increases in proportion as one declines spiritually.
(2 Pet 3:16-18) As also in
all his [Paul’s]
epistles [Gk: letters], speaking in them of these things; in which are some
things hard to be understood,
which they that are unlearned and unstable [Gk: unfixed, vacillating] wrest,
as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye
therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these
things before [having heard
them, you are now responsible], beware
lest ye also, being led away with the
error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness [Gk: stability]. But grow in
grace, and in the knowledge
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
(Mar 4:26-29 KJV)
And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into
the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring
and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself;
first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the
fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the
harvest is come.
(Mar 4:26-29 KJV)
And he said, So
is [alike to the previous is]
the kingdom of God, as if a man
[i.e., you, rather than “the Son of man” Mat 13:37] should
cast seed [“The seed is the word of God” Luke 8:11] into the ground [should cast
(read) the words of the Bible into the ground of his heart; “that (seed) which
was sown in his heart” Mat 13:19];
And should sleep, and rise night and day [indicating
steady frequent repetition], and the
seed should spring [Gk: sprout: bud,
spring up] and grow up [Gk: lengthen, enlarge] [mature], he knoweth not how [secondarily
emphasizing “a man” doing this for Jesus would certainly “know how”].
For the earth [the female recipient of the seed] bringeth forth fruit [the
matured (understood) word of God that has been watered by the internal Holy
Spirit] of herself [her pregnancy is delivered];
first the blade [stalk],
then the ear [head], after that the full
corn [kernels] in the ear [head]. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the
sickle [Gk: the reaping]
[“the reapers are the angels” Mat
13:39], because the harvest is come [according
to God’s design upon your life “before the foundation (Gk: conception) of
the world” Eph 1:4].