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Thursday, March 29, 2018

JESUS Rebukes The Wind, "Quiet! BE Still"





Mark 4:1-41 NIV








The Parable of the Sower







1Again JESUS Began To Teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around HIM was so large that HE Got Into a boat and Sat In it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. 


2HE Taught them many things by parables, and in HIS Teaching Said: 


3“Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.4As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”


9Then JESUS Said, 



“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”


10When HE Was Alone, the Twelve and the others around HIM asked HIM about the parables. 


11HE Told them, 


“The secret of The KINGDOM of GOD has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables 


12so that,



“ ‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving,
and ever hearing but never understanding;
otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!’ 


13Then JESUS Said to them, 


“Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? 



14The farmer sows The WORD. 15Some people are like seed along the path, where The WORD Is Sown. As soon as they hear it, satan comes and takes away The WORD that was sown in them. 16Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear The WORD and at once receive it with joy. 17But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of The WORD, they quickly fall away. 18Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear The WORD; 19but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke The WORD, making it unfruitful. 20Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear The WORD, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”








A Lamp on a Stand





21HE Said to them, 


“Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? 







 22For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. 


23If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.”



24“Consider carefully what you hear,” 


HE Continued. 



“With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. 25Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”







The Parable of the Growing Seed






26HE Also Said, 


“This is what The KINGDOM of GOD Is Like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”










The Parable of the Mustard Seed










30Again HE Said, 


“What shall we say The KINGDOM of GOD Is Like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth.  







32Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”



33With many similar parables JESUS Spoke The WORD to them, as much as they could understand. 34HE Did Not Say anything to them without using a parable. But When HE Was Alone With HIS Own disciples, HE Explained everything.





JESUS Calms the Storm




35That day when evening came, HE Said To HIS disciples, 


“Let Us Go Over to the other side.” 




36Leaving the crowd behind, they took HIM along, Just As HE Was, in the boat. There were also other boats with HIM. 37A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.  







38JESUS Was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke HIM and said to HIM, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”


39HE Got Up, Rebuked the wind and Said to the waves, 


 “Quiet! Be Still!”






Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.







40HE Said to HIS disciples, 


“Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”




41They were terrified and asked each other, “WHO Is This? Even the wind and the waves obey HIM!”








Mark 4







4:1-20 This parable contained instruction so important. There are many things we are concerned to know; and if we do not understand the plain truths of The Gospel, how shall we learn those more difficult!  It will help us to value the privileges we enjoy as disciples of CHRIST, if we seriously consider the deplorable state of all who have not such privileges.


In the great field of the CHRIST’S church, The WORD of GOD Is Dispensed to all. Of the many who hear The WORD of The Gospel, but few receive it, so as to bring forth fruit. Many are much affected with The WORD for the present, yet do receive no abiding benefit. The WORD does not leave abiding impressions upon the minds of men, because their hearts are not prepared to receive it.


The devil is very busy about careless hearers, as the fowls of the air go about the seed that lies above ground. Many continue in a barren, false profession, and go down to hell. Impressions that are not deep, will not last. Many do not mind heart-work, without which religion is nothing. Others are hindered from profiting by The WORD of GORD, by abundance of the world.


GOD Expects and Requires fruit from those who enjoy The Gospel, a temper of mind and Christian graces daily exercised, Christian duties duly performed. Let us look to The LORD, that by HIS new-creating Grace our hearts may become good ground, and that the good seed of The WORD May Produce in our lives those good words and works which are through JESUS CHRIST, to the Praise and Glory of GOD The FATHER.


LORD JESUS, Just Say, "Quiet! Be Still" when we meet a tempest in our life's journey while sailing toward the safe haven where YOU Are waiting for us.






Amen.







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