Mark: If anyone has ears

Read: Mark 4

That day.

You remember.

That day when Jesus spoke to the crowds in pleasing parables that caused us to ponder.

That day.

We learned about scattering seeds, the very Word of God.

When we had to admit we didn’t really understand the depth and breadth of His teaching.

More than pleasant stories to share with children, Jesus taught in ways that no other prophet could.

He 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 so that, “‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!’” Mark 4:11-12

He points to Isaiah 6:9-10, just after Isaiah’s call and famous, “Here am I” quote.

Here we are. The secret to the kingdom of God in our hands.

You people who hear me, listen! Think carefully about what you are hearing. God will know how much to give you by how much you understand now. But he will give you more than you deserve. The people who have some understanding will receive more. But those who do not have much will lose even the small amount they have.” Mark 4:23-25

He will give more that we deserve. Amen!

Seeds. It’s all about seeds. Scattering seeds, growing seeds, the mustard seed. Jesus teaches and I suppose few understood, even the disciples were confused:

With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything. Mark 4:33-34

Thankfully, He explains the meaning and the disciples grow in knowledge and wisdom.

This is what caught my eye today. Just after these great teachings, the day comes to an end. Mark gives us a glimpse of a day in the life of Jesus.

That day when evening came.

That day they learned more in a moment that all of the teaching in parables and sideline explanations as they left the crowds behind and boarded their all familiar boats.

The storm is furious.

Jesus takes a nap.

The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. Mark 4:38-39

That day when we see Jesus with our own eyes and still wonder.

He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:40

Do we still have so little faith?

Make that day this day.

Make this day that day.

Don’t wait for Sunday.

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