KNOW YE NOT THIS PARABLE? AND HOW THEN WILL YE KNOW ALL PARABLES?
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The brightness of our revelations depends upon the correctness of our doctrines (our building blocks)
(Mark 4:1-3) 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 [the sea is a biblical symbol of humanity]; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land. And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine, Hearken [hear and understand]; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:
1. parable = Gk: a symbolic fictitious narrative of common life conveying a moral: comparison, figure /// to throw alongside, compare.
2. (Luke 8:11) Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
(Mark 4:4-9) And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. And he said unto them [the great multitude], 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. 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: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted [Gk: turned about], and their sins should be forgiven them.
SEED SOWN BY THE WAY SIDE (unsaved)
(Mark 4:13-15) And he said unto them [His disciples only], Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? The sower soweth the word. And these are they by the way side [by the side of the way (road)], where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan [“the wicked one” Mat 13:19; “the fowls of the air” Mark 4:4; “the devil” Luke 8:12] cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.
1. (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.
SEED SOWN ON STONY GROUND (unsaved)
(Mark 4:16,17) And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root [i.e., no Jesus Christ] 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: entrapped, tripped up, stumble, enticed to sin].
1. (Isa 11:10) And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign [Heb: a flag, signal: pole, sign] of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
2. (Isa 53:1,2) Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3. (Rev 5:5) And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
4. (Rev 22:16) I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
SEED SOWN AMONG THORNS (unsaved)
(Mark 4:18,19) And these are they [the seeds (the words of God)] which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares [Gk: distractions] of this world, and the deceitfulness [Gk: delusions] of riches, and the lusts [Gk: longings, esp. for what is forbidden: desires] of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful [Gk: barren: without fruit].
1. choke = Gk: to strangle completely /// throttle, take by the throat.
2. (Luke 8:14) And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection [Gk: completion, maturity].
SEED SOWN ON GOOD GROUND (saved)
(Mark 4:20) And these are they [the seeds (the words of God)] which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it [Gk: accept it, delight in it], and bring forth fruit [i.e., spreads fruit (seed) outward, preaches and teaches the word of God], some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
1. (Mat 13:23) But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
2. (John 15:8) Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
3. (John 15:8 Amplif. Bible) When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified; and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine.
(Mark 4:21-23) And he said unto them, Is a candle [Gk: an illuminator] [i.e., the word of God] brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick [for all to see]? 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.
(Mark 4:24,25) And he said unto them, Take heed [Gk: look at: behold, beware] what ye hear: with what measure ye mete [Gk: measure], it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear [Gk: understand] [i.e., good ground] shall more be given. For he that hath [understanding], to him shall be given [more]: and he that hath not [understanding], from him shall be taken even that [understanding] [i.e., stony ground, among thorns] which he hath.