This is fruit, and it will abound to our account. Shall we fetch it from the motions of the sun, or the revolutions of the moon? Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. That the perfection of it will be very great; When it grows up, it becomes greater than all herbs. 24. In the great … This parable of the good seed, shows the manner in which the kingdom of God makes progress … They took him even as he was, that is, in the same dress that he was in when he preached, without any cloak to throw over him, which he ought to have had, to keep him warm, when he went to sea at night, especially after preaching. An EasyEnglish Bible Version and Commentary (2800 word vocabulary) on Mark’s Gospel. 8:23-27. Chapter 4 opens with a series of parables (the sower, the lamp and the bushel basket, the growing seed, and the mustard seed). He spoke in parables, as they were able to hear them; he fetched his comparisons from those things that were familiar to them, and level to their capacity, and delivered them in plain expressions, in condescension to their capacity; though he did not let them into the mystery of the parables, yet his manner of expression was easy, and such as they might hereafter recollect to their edification. That seeing they may see. Observe. 7. 5:7. I. The matter is not so; he is not willing that any should perish, much less any of his little ones, Mt. 121:3, 4); he slept, but his heart was awake, as the spouse, Cant. 2. 13:3, etc. 24:27, 45. 12. The word parable is used in Greek much more broadly than in English. Note, 1. Compare Luke 13:18, 19 . There are many things we are concerned to know; and if we understand not the plain truths of the gospel, how shall we learn those more difficult! Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Mark 4:35-41 . of
The way of teaching that Christ used with the multitude (v. 2); He taught them many things, but it was by parables or similitudes, which would tempt them to hear; for people love to be spoken to in their own language, and careless hearers will catch at a plain comparison borrowed from common things, and will retain and repeat that, when they have lost, or perhaps never took, the truth which it was designed to explain and illustrate: but unless they would take pains to search into it, it would but amuse them; seeing they would see, and not perceive (v. 12); and so, while it gratified their curiosity, it was the punishment of their stupidity; they wilfully shut their eyes against the light, and therefore justly did Christ put it into the dark lantern of a parable, which had a bright side toward those who applied it to themselves, and were willing to be guided by it; but to those who were only willing for a season to play with it, it only gave a flash of light now and then, but sent them away in the dark. Fritzsche, after Theophy. Commentaries for Mark Chapter 4 The parable of the sower. There it is, O ye of little faith. 5:15. Hilda Bright. Or, They sent them away with a solemn blessing; for Christ came into the world, not only to pronounce, but to command, and to give, the blessing. While giving the seed sown time to germinate and come forth. Note, The words of Christ demand attention, and those who speak from him, may command it, and should stir it up; even that which as yet we do not thoroughly understand, or not rightly, we must carefully attend to, believing it to be both intelligible and weighty, that at length we may understand it; we shall find more in Christ’s sayings than at first there seemed to be. Having thus prepared them for it, he gives them the interpretation of the parable of the sower, as we had it before in Matthew. This parable is given only by Mark, but its general lesson is enforced by parallel passages, e. g., Isaiah 55:10 Isaiah 55:11 Jam 5:7 Jam 5:8 Jam 5:1 1 Pet. If the seed be sown on good ground, if the heart be humble, and holy, and heavenly, there will be good fruit, and it will abound sometimes even to a hundred fold, such a crop as Isaac reaped, Gen. 26:12. Mark 4:26-29 The kingdom of God likened to the seed which groweth imperceptibly, Mark 4:30-34 and to a grain of mustard seed. The parable of the seed, and the four sorts of ground (v. 1-9), with the exposition of it (v. 10–20), and the application of it (v. 21–25). Those only who are converted, have their sins forgiven them: and it is the misery of unconverted souls, that they lie under unpardoned guilt. Those follow the Lamb aright, that follow him wherever he goes. 37. The noise is threatening and terrifying; let us hear no more of it. Here, Why are ye so fearful? Mark’s Gospel is a gospel of deeds. This sacrifice they offered to the honour of Christ; they said, What manner of man is this? 4:35. 21. 12:5. The difference in the results comes about by those who hear the Word. 5:2. They took him even as he was, that is, in the same dress that he was in when he preached, without any cloak to throw over him, which he ought to have had, to keep him warm, when he went to sea at night, especially after preaching. ” (Mark 4:38) When we think Jesus doesn’t care about us, it shows we have no faith, because we don’t believe the truth about Jesus. 65:7, and 93:3, 4. Observe, too, that we can know that there is growth by its results, though we know not how, and that each stage of the growth is more apparent than the preceding stage. 6. They awoke Christ. By this therefore Christ proves himself to be God. on StudyLight.org OVERVIEW. Mark 4 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is one of the most respected interdenominational commentaries ever written. Many that have heard Christ himself preach in their streets, will hereafter be bidden to depart from him; those therefore who place all their religion in hearing, as if that alone would save them, do but deceive themselves, and build their hope upon the sand, Jam. Mark 4:12, ESV: "so that “'they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand, lest they should turn and be forgiven. See note on Matt. He scatters it, in order to the increase of it. III. 41. This commentary has been through Advanced Checking.. Should sleep, and rise, etc. When Christ seems as if he slept in a storm, he is awaked by the prayers of his people; when we know not what to do, our eye must be to him (2 Chr. 9. In the kingdom of grace, as in nature, we are laborers together with God; the results of our work depend on him, and for the perfection of these results he takes his own time ( 1 Cor. And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? In chapter 1, Jesus called his first disciples and began his preaching and healing ministry. God wants to communicate (cf. This paragraph explains why many did not understand Jesus' parables. That he will reward them in eternal life. These were set on, not a candlestick, but a light stand. 34. Thus he stills the noise of the sea, the noise of her waves; a particular emphasis is laid upon the noisiness of them, Ps. Know ye not the meaning of it? Then those who exhibit the fruit are to be gathered into the church. 35. Salem Media Group. The prophets do not live for ever; but the word which they preached, is doing its work, when they are in their graves, Zec. 13:31-35. Now observe here. But now that they saw a demonstration of his power over them, they feared them less, and him more. Such an astounding display of power, the control of the storm in which men are as helpless as infants, filled them with awe. Methinks Christ’s carrying his doctrine into a ship, and preaching it thence, was a presage of his sending the gospel to the isles of the Gentiles, and the shipping off of the kingdom of God (that rich cargo) from the Jewish nation, to be sent to a people that would bring forth more of the fruits of it. The word of command with which Christ rebuked the storm, we have here, and had not in Matthew, v. 39. The Expositor's Greek Testament. 3. He himself proposed putting to sea at night, because he would lose no time; Let us pass over to the other side; for we shall find, in the next chapter, he has work to do there. 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." How gay and pleasant doth it look, when it is covered with green! 18:14. It is sad to think, how much of the precious seed of the word of God is lost, and sown in vain; but there is a day coming when lost sermons must be accounted for. He that made the seas, can make them quiet. If we understand not the rules we are to observe in order to our profiting by the word, how shall we profit by any other rule? I. THE CONTEXT. This parable contained instruction so important, that all capable of hearing were bound to attend to it... View the entire commentary. 29. Let him give the gospel of Christ a fair hearing; but that is not enough, it is added (v. 24), Take heed what ye hear, and give a due regard to that which ye do hear; Consider what ye hear, so Dr. Hammond reads it. And we have no right to look for the end at the beginning, the ripened Christian experience in the young convert, the full corn in the first appearance of the blade. By his thus instructing them, they were made able to instruct others; as candles are lighted, not to be covered, but to be placed on a candlestick, that they may give light to a room. These declarations were intended to call the attention of the disciples to the word of Christ... View the entire commentary . Ninthly, Those that are not encumbered with the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, may yet lose the benefit of their profession by the lusts of other things; this is added here in Mark; by the desires which are about other things (so Dr. Hammond), an inordinate appetite toward those things that are pleasing to sense or to the fancy. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear --beautiful allusion to the succession of similar stages, though not definitely marked periods, in the Christian life, and generally in the kingdom of God. They took him even as he was, that is, in the same dress that he was in when he preached, without any cloak to throw over him, which he ought to have had, to keep him warm, when he went to sea at night, especially after preaching. I know no excuse for it, but the great familiarity which he was pleased to admit them into, and the freedom he allowed them; and the present distress they were in, which put them into such a fright, that they knew not what they said. 1:23-25 . Sixthly, Many that are not openly scandalized, so as to throw off their profession, as they on the stony ground did, yet have the efficacy of it secretly choked and stifled, so that it comes to nothing; they continue in a barren, hypocritical profession, which brings nothing to pass, and so go down as certainly, though more plausibly, to hell. The parable of the sower, as we had it, Mt. That instructed them, which others were only amused with, and they were made to increase in knowledge by every parable, and understood more of the way and method in which Christ designed to set up his kingdom in the world, while others were dismissed, never the wiser. That the beginnings of the gospel kingdom would be very small, like that which is one of the least of all seeds. There were with him other little ships, which, no doubt, shared in the distress and danger. That Christ now accepts the services which are done to him by an honest heart from a good principle; from the fruit of the gospel taking place and working in the soul, Christ gathers in a harvest of honour to himself. How then will ye know all parables?" 3:16. Mark's report is nearly that of Matthew Mark 4:1-20 Matthew 13:1-23, word for word, as well as of the explanation that follows. Mark presents Jesus as a worker whose life was full of strenuous activity. He sees it has grown, but he cannot tell in what manner it grew, or what was the cause and method of its growth. 31:35. Like a grain of mustard seed. The time of harvest is when the fruit is ripe; in this instance when the word had produced faith, repentance and obedience. 32:20), not knowing where it will light, or what fruit it will bring forth. 28:24–26); they must not observe winds and clouds (Eccl. The good seed of the gospel sown in the world, and sown in the heart, doth by degrees produce wonderful effects, but without noise (v. 26, etc. To enforce this caution, consider, 1. They feared lest they had offended Christ by their unbelieving fears; and therefore studied now to give him honour. It is the ruin of hypocrites, that they have no root; they do not act from a living fixed principle; they do not mind heart-work, and without that religion is nothing; for he is the Christian, that is one inwardly. If we do not use, we lose, what we have; From him that hath not, that doeth no good with what he hath, and so hath it in vain, is as if he had it not, shall be taken even that which he hath. 28. 1. 13:30), as a shock of corn in his season. Both admonitions are very important. The end of a toil may perhaps be but the beginning of a toss. The reason given for this, is, because there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested, which should not be made manifest (so it might better be read), v. 22. 33:32); and those represented here by the stony ground, received the word with gladness, and yet came to nothing. If ye be faithful servants to him, he will be a faithful Master to you: with the upright he will show himself upright.". 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. Mark 4:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Mark 4:4, NIV: "As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up." A word of command to us; when our wicked hearts are like the troubled sea which cannot rest (Isa. The Candle Under a Bushel. Now their fear was rectified by their faith. Mark 4:22 Commentaries: "For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come to light. We must be cautious, and stand upon our guard, lest we be imposed upon. The dew by which the seed is brought up tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men, Mic. Christ was awhile sowing himself, when he went about teaching and preaching; now he sends his ministers, and sows by their hand. 26. 31. And those that hope for a happiness in Christ, must be willing to take their lot with him, and run the same risks that he runs. A word list at the end explains words with a *star by them. Jesus’ role as teacher is important in this Gospel. The motions of soul they have, answerable to what they hear, are but a mere flash, like the crackling of thorns under a pot. Thus he changed his method, that if possible all might be reached and wrought upon. Thus, a parable is a rhetorical device to explain truth. This is the sense of "the earth bringing forth fruit of herself," in Mark 4:27. Chapter 4. The way of expounding that he used with his disciples; When he was alone by himself, not only the twelve, but others that were about him with the twelve, took the opportunity to ask him the meaning of the parables, v. 10. 1:16. 4:21 "lamp" The first two questions of Mark 4:21 grammatically expect a "no" answer. No, the comparison is borrowed from this earth, it is like a grain of mustard-seed; he had compared it before to seed sown, here to that seed, intending thereby to show. The reproof Christ gave them for their fears, is here carried further than in Matthew. The disciples in the boat. ); So is the kingdom of God; so is the gospel, when it is sown, and received, as seed in good ground. The parable of the grain of mustard-seed, and a general account of Christ’s parables (v. 30–34). Let not the wind any longer roar, nor the sea rage. The Spirit of God is carrying it on when they sleep, and can do no business (Job 33:15, 16), or when they rise to go about other business. This miracle which Christ wrought for the relief of his disciples, in stilling the storm, we had before (Mt. They did not put to sea, till they had sent away the multitude, that is, had given to each of them that which they came for, and answered all their requests; for he sent none home complaining that they had attended him in vain. After a field is sown with corn, how soon is the surface of it altered! They feared exceedingly. 2. ); but it is here more fully related. To understand a proverb and the interpretation— The proverb is the literal sense, the interpretation is the spiritual resting in the lit… He says, Peace, be still—Sioµpa, pephimoµso—be silent, be dumb. Those may suspect their faith, who can entertain such a thought as that Christ careth not though his people perish, and Christ justly takes it ill. Lastly, The impression this miracle made upon the disciples, is here differently expressed. Some growths are quicker than others, but in all there is growth. Never were there such great things undertaken by such an inconsiderable handful, as that of the discipling of the nations by the ministry of the apostles; nor a work that was to end in such great glory, as the work of grace raised from such weak and unlikely beginnings. Mark 4 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this one volume concise commentary provides a condensed look at nearly every verse in the Bible All Christians, as they have received the gift, must minister the same. 58:2); of Herod, that he heard John gladly (ch. There it is, Why are ye fearful? Matthew gives this saying more fully and clearly. Bible > Bible Commentary; John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible; Mark; Mark 4; John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible << Mark 3 | Mark 4 | Mark 5 >> (Read all of Mark 4) Verse 1. 4. The lesson is one of trust and hope. Mark 4 Commentary, this commentary is a one-volume commentary prepared by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be brought to light. We cannot but wish we had had that exposition, as we had of the parable of the sower; but it was not so needful; because, when the church should be enlarged, that would expound these parables to us, without any more ado. Secondly, That of the many that hear the word of the gospel, and read it, and are conversant with it, there are, comparatively, but few that receive it, so as to bring forth the fruits of it; here is but one in four, that comes to good. Mark 4 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this 12 volume, chapter by chapter commentary of 4,800 sermon outlines and 24,000 homiletic references He shows them what a shame it was, that they needed such particular explanations of the word they heard, and did not apprehend it at first. It takes great faith to trust the sleeping Jesus, to know that He cares and works for us even when it does not seem like it. Note, Sometimes when the church is in a storm, Christ seems as if he were asleep, unconcerned in the troubles of his people, and regardless of their prayers, and doth not presently appear for their relief. It grows gradually; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear, v. 28. We should hear attentively, earnestly and devoutly the word of the Lord. It was out of the way, when they had occasion for it, and so it was as if they had not had it. The church hath shot out great branches, strong ones, spreading far, and fruitful. Christ stills the tempest. He taught them many things by parables — After the usual manner of the eastern nations, to make his instructions more agreeable to them, and to impress them the more upon attentive hearers. Fourthly, The reason why the word doth not leave commanding, abiding, impressions upon the minds of the people, is, because their hearts are not duly disposed and prepared to receive it; the fault is in themselves, not in the word; some are careless forgetful hearers, and these get no good at all by the word; it comes in at one ear, and goes out at the other; others have their convictions overpowered by their corruptions, and they lose the good impressions the word has made upon them, so that they get no abiding good by it. Christ speaks as one considering and consulting with himself, how to illustrate it with an apt similitude; With what comparison shall we compare it? Immediately he putteth in the sickle. Thus we know not how the Spirit by the word makes a change in the heart, any more than we can account for the blowing of the wind, which we hear the sound of, but cannot tell whence it comes, or whither it goes. Can you envision Jesus stepping onto a boat, sitting, and gently teaching? If we have run with the footmen, and they have wearied us, and run us down, then how shall we contend with horses? It will come up; though it seem lost and buried under the clods, it will find or make its way through them. It goes out for all to hear. 28. What is used for Christ, he will take particular care of. On the same day. One may boldly and cheerfully put to sea in Christ’s company, yea though we foresee a storm. Mark 4:21-25 The light of knowledge is given to be communicated to others. 4:1-20 This parable contained instruction so important, that all capable of hearing were bound to attend to it. They had feared the power and wrath of the Creator in the storm, and that fear had torment and amazement in it; but now they feared the power and grace of the Redeemer in the calm; they feared the Lord and his goodness, and it had pleasure and satisfaction in it, and by it they gave glory to Christ, as Jonah’s mariners, who, when the sea ceased from her raging, feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, Jon. Surely more than a man, for even the winds and the seas obey him. They do Christ a deal of wrong, who suspect him to be careless of his people in distress. Note, What we hear, doth us no good, unless we consider it; those especially that are to teach others must themselves be very observant of the things of God; must take notice of the message they are to deliver, that they may be exact. He had a pillow there, such a one as a fisherman’s ship would furnish him with. There is a law of orderly development in natural growth, so also is it in reference to spiritual growth. (2.) Thirdly, Many are much affected with the word for the present, who yet receive no abiding benefit by it. 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. We may observe that our Saviour often preached by the … After the parables thus specified the historian concludes with this general account of Christ’s preaching—that with many such parables he spoke the word unto them (v. 33); probably designing to refer us to the larger account of the parables of this kind, which we had before, Mt. That seeing they may see. Here is a question Christ put to them before he expounded it, which we had not in Matthew (v. 13); "Know ye not this parable? 27. (MacDonald) These parables in Mark are unlike the other Markan parables for two different reasons. 4. 12. 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