Analysis Of Two Parables From Mark Ch 4

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CS Parable Analysis Mark 4: 30-33Parable of the Mustard SeedInterpretation:Jesus is basically referring to the way in which God's word can be received. That with a little bit of love and devotion, then God's love and kingdom can grow in each and every one of us.Audience:Jesus addressed this parable to the people gathered before him. He was in a boat out on the water as he spoke and this was so that the masses of people could all see and hear him clearly from where they were standing at the lake side.Issue: While talking of this parable, Jesus is referring to how the simplest and most pure thought of God and His Word can grow to change the life of he who hears and it. In particular, Jesus is talking about the love and harmony that one may experience so long as he provide a healthy house- being his heart and mind- for this these emotions to shine through God's Word. Although it takes only a minute to plant the thought into one's mind and heart, it can take much more work to harvest this thought into a full and rich understanding, growing to appreciate God's kingdom and the work He has done for us.Comparison:Jesus likens the kingdom of God to a mustard seed. Jesus notes how small the mustard seed is, yet it is able to grow to be greater than all the herbs of the field. This certainly describes the nature of God's kingdom. It would start off very small, with only twelve ordinary men who would fail from time to time, to Jesus' resurrection appearance to the 500, to the thirty thousand that would be converted in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. We know that the word of God would spread from Jerusalem, into Judea and Samaria, and in less than 30 years spread to the whole world. It all started with the dedication of twelve men and now we see the powerful kingdom that came from what Jesus left.Challenges/Lesson:Again, this was not merely information for these disciples. It is the way the word of God is to grow within each of us. It is the way the word of God grew in these disciples. Faith began slowly and would falter from time to time. But these men grew in faith and knowledge and we know the outcome, as they would then have the boldness to preach before hostile crowds and in perilous times. This is the way our faith will grow when we give it the opportunity and allow the word of God to dwell in our lives. In the beginning, things are very difficult and we will struggle. We cannot expect to be able to conquer the world in a day. We cannot expect that we will have the knowledge or wisdom of seasoned Christians. We cannot expect to have the abilities that we see other Christians have. But keep working, keep learning and keep studying and these things will come also. Knowing the word of God can do so much in our life. It will cause us to flourish like a great tree. We must look to grow and give time and opportunity for the Lord to work in our lives through his word and we too can have great faith. Those...

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