Mark 4:1-3 – 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 on the land. 2) And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine, 3) Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: This is a critical parable to all Christians, because in it we see the pitfalls of the slothful and the reward of the diligent regarding the importance of the word of God working and advancing our daily life in the Lord and in the world around them. Two vital verse regarding the word of God in us are Rom 10:8 – But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; Deut 30:14 – But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. The sower in Mark:4-3 sows the word of God, of which He puts in our hearts and God places in all mankind’s hearts from before time. Giving each a choice to abide in it or reject it. Gen 2:7 – And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. “The breath of” means a puff, vital breath, but more important, divine inspiration and intellect. Mankind knows good from evil!
Mark 4:4 – And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. Mark 4:15 – 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.
Satan comes to sow unbelief, doubt, condemnation, fear (of alienation from family and friends, etc.
Mark 4:5-6 – And some fell on stony ground, where it had not 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 it had no root, it withered away. Mark 4:16-17 – And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17) And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. There is no root in themselves, because the word, without reading, studying and meditation upon it can’t bring forth the root of the word in their life. Also it is the responsibility of every Christian to remove stones of the old heart through grace and the inward working of the Holy Spirit to establish ground that can receive the root of the word in us. Heb 4:12-13 – For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13) Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. It is paramount that the word be active within us establishing good ground to sow in and receiving the reward there of. Ezek 36:26 – A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. We will wither and die without the word being firmly rooted in a new heart of flesh received when we are born again of the Spirit.
Matt 12:35-36 – A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36) But I say unto you, That every idle (unfruitful) word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. These idle words are those that come out of the heart of stone and speak words of unbelief, doubt and fear. These say they are Christians and love God, but the words from their mouth speak the language of world not of heaven. How can they be saved? Heb 11:6 – But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. And without faith the word cannot be firmly planted in the heart. Satan either takes away the word or it withers and dies!
Mark 4:7 – And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. Mark 4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. Are we more concerned about this life or the next life? If we trust in God and prevail in the word and faith, abounding in the love of God, things in this world are of little concern when we trust fully in Him, trials, tribulation, persecution and every other form of harassment of the devil can’t keep us from our heavenly home, it only makes us stronger. Matt 6:25-26 – Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26) Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Christians must be fruitful, because the word, faith and love of God planted in our hearts should naturally bring forth much fruit and if it doesn’t each will be judged for the lack of it. The lack is a witness against them. John 15:1-2 – I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2) Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Taketh away means to take out of the way or destroy. What is very exciting is that the branch that beareth fruit He purgeth! Purgeth means to cleanse, from filth, impurity!) Gal 5:22-23 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. When the word, faith and love, is establish in our inner man of the heart it should become our natural inclination to daily seek, “living as witnesses of such and manifesting the fruit of the Spirit.” From this labor of the Spirit, God purgeth us, cleansing us from filth and impurity from the old nature making us to walk more in the new creation established in Jesus Christ through oneness with God.
Mark 4:8-9 – And other 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. 9) And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Only when we become fully rooted in the word of God, faith and love can this good ground come forth. Eph 3:16-20 (Being rooted and ground in love is the key to the word and faith working in us, bringing God’s promises and provision in all circumstances and causing the vital life of Christ to abound in us more and more. A fearful reminder! James 4:4-6 – Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5) Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain,”The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? 6) But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”