by Ernest Easley

Sowers, Seeds, and Soils
Ernest L. Easley
Mark 4:1-9; 14-25

Now as you're turning to Mark's gospel and the fourth chapter … have you ever wondered why it is that the same people can sit in the same worship experience and hear the same message, sing the same songs and yet one walks out changed while the other one just walks out?

Why is it that going to worship helps some people and doesn't help other people? Well, that's what Jesus is talking about here in Mark 4. It's in this fourth chapter we read in verse 2, ''Then He taught them many things by parables …'' Nobody could tell a parable like Jesus. He was not only the master-carpenter … He was the master-story teller. He could illustrate a timeless truth by telling a story that everybody could relate to. So, what is a parable?

Somebody once defined a parable as ''a earthly story with a heavenly meaning.'' Actually the Greek word (parabola) means ''something placed along side, a comparison.''

So in this parable before us, Jesus is going to tell a story about farming and compare it with how you and I receive or don't receive God's word in your life. Here's a parable that's going to reveal in the next few minutes the condition of your heart and what that says about your relationship with God.

Now beginning here in Mark 4.1 … we're thinking today about, Sowers, Seeds and Soils Mark 4.1-9

1 And again He began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea. 2 Then He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in His teaching: 3 ''Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it. 5 Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because i ...

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