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MARK: The Gospel for Stressful Times

Jul 07, 2019 | Rev. Dr. K. Rick Baker

Are You Good Earth?

Mark 4:1-20

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The people who are in trouble with God or getting into trouble with God share a common problem—they have selective hearing or no hearing at all. Jesus makes a distinction between insiders (family) and outsiders by how they “hear” his words.

Who listens to Jesus?

  • Shema/ LISTEN – Deut. 6:4 – the people of God
  • The Good Shepherd – John 10:3,4,14 – Jesus’ sheep
  • Listen! – Mk. 4:3 – the crowd? – He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Who has been given the secret of the kingdom of God and why Jesus spoke in parables? (4:10-12)

  • “The 12 and others around him” (good soil)—> the secret/ mystery of the kingdom of God
  • “…those on the outside” (bad soil) –> parables – so that…

Who is good earth? (4:13-20)

How people hear the word of God separates them into who they really are concerning eternal things - in one ear and out the other or harvest-producing?
  • Hard earth – indifferent, angry
  • Shallow earth – looking for something easy
  • Crowded earth – trying to fit Jesus in
  • Good earth – hear-accept-produce
The insiders are those who crowd around Jesus until they get it, have it, and live it.



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