Saturday, September 24, 2011

A Morning Cup of Tea: The Sower

Today we are beginning chapter four of Mark. Jesus is sitting on a boat teaching the multitudes that are on the shore. Jesus taught them in parables, and the first one mentioned is the parable of the sower. The sower sowed his seed and some fell by the wayside, some fell onto stony ground, some fell into the thorns, and some fell onto fertile ground.
 That which fell by the wayside, the word does not stick in some people's hearts. The seed that gets sown on stony ground, the person receives the word with gladness, but when trouble arises, their faith goes away because it had no roots to hang on to. Likewise, with the seed that fell into the thorns. The joy is there at first, but it gets choked out by the cares of the world. Lies, deceit, riches of the world take precedence.  The seed that gets sown onto good ground is known by the fruit it produces. They are the ones trying to live better day by day, trying to bring others to Christ, by example and by word.
  Jesus reminded his disciples that a candle is not to be put under a bushel basket, or under a bed. 
  22. For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.
23. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. 

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