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In Mark 4:1-9 & 14-20, Jesus taught a multitude of people by parables.

Mark: 4:1-9: “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; and the whole multitude was by the sea and on the land. And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine, ‘Hearken; behold, there went out a sower to sow: And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the wayside, 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 chocked it, and it yielded no fruit. Another 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 to them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."

Here Jesus explains the parable to his disciples:

Mark: 4:14-20: "The sower soweth the word. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. 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 in themselves, and so endure for but a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended. And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word (of God), and it becometh unfruitful. And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirty-fold, some sixty, and some an hundred

By this parable Jesus illustrates four types of people:

  • 1.) Those that hear the Word of God and refuse to obey it or profit by it. This is Satan's first business.
  • 2.) Those that hear the word of God and gladly receive it, but have no depth, understanding, root, and stability to endure. They have no power to stand against the persecutions, trials and misunderstandings that are to come from others.
  • 3.) Those that hear the Word and fail to produce fruit because the Word is choked by three things:

    a.) The cares of the world or the lust of the flesh,
    b.) The deceitfulness of riches or the pride of life.
    c.) The lust for other things or the pleasures and lusts of the eyes.

  • 4.) Those who hear the Word of God, who wholeheartedly and eternally surrender to obey it and to please God in all things. Shallowness, fickleness, and irresponsibility, along with deceitfulness of riches and pleasure, lusts of the flesh, pride of life, and lusts for other things that would hinder them in living for God are dealt with through the cross of Christ. They are honest and true and conform to all known scriptural light as they grow and get to know it.

The parable above is so important because there is a day and an hour appointed for Jesus’ return, and when he does we better make sure we're that fourth person. Do not be fooled into believing Jesus will not return. We know he will return because Jesus said, "Of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only" (Matthew 24:36). At that appointed time, He will catch away those of us who are prepared for His coming. He will take with him person number four. From the beginning, God has declared the end. He has already established how and when certain events will take place. If your not ready for Jesus to come right now the thought of the Lord's return may fill you with dread, worry and anxiety. If so, you need to make some changes in your life. You need to be born again by making Jesus the Lord of your life. You need to focus your attention and your affection on the things of God instead of the things of this world (see Colossians 3:2). You need to become that fourth person. God has given us time, but the return of Jesus will not be held off forever.

Once you wholeheartedly and eternally surrender to obey and please God in all things, take comfort: “ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children if light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” (1 Thessalonians 5:4-11)

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