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Glow, Sow, Grow, & Know!

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The Power of the Gospel, a Spiritual light expels the darkness and reveals men's hearts. When the light of God comes in nothing is hidden. Everything will be revealed. If you embrace Jesus message more will be added to you! We must Sow seed as a farmer does, the Holy Spirit is in charge of the growth, and eventually there will be a Harvest. The Mustard seed is a reflection of small beginnings , but something that gradually has remarkable growth. it wraps up with Jesus privately explaing everything to His Disciples. Clearly to me Jesus was teaching the crowd to share about their encounter with God, spreading the word of God, proclaiming Jesus as Lord and Savior , and encouraging them that what they were apart of was bigger then anything they could imagine.

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Parables
Explanation / Definition
The Bible Exposition Commentary Chapter Three: The Servant, the Crowds, and the Kingdom (Mark 3:13–4:34)

A parable is a story or figure placed alongside a teaching to help us understand its meaning. It is much more than “an earthly story with a heavenly meaning,” and it certainly is not an “illustration” such as a preacher would use in a sermon. A true parable gets the listener deeply involved and compels that listener to make a personal decision about God’s truth and his or her life. So penetrating and personal are parables that, after they heard several of them, the religious leaders wanted to kill the Lord Jesus! (see Matt. 21:45–46)

Lets take a look at our text

A Lamp Under a Basket

21 And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? 22 For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” 24 And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. 25 For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

The Parable of the Seed Growing

26 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. 34 He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.

Jesus Calms a Storm

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.”

Vs. 21-22 Encourages Us / Don’t Hide Your Light!

A Lamp Under a Basket

21 And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? 22 For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” 24 And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. 25 For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

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Daniel 12:3 NASB95
3 Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
Spiritual Light
Matthew 5:14 NASB95
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;
Testimony
Mark 4:21–25 NASB95
21 And He was saying to them, “A lamp is not brought to be put under a basket, is it, or under a bed? Is it not brought to be put on the lampstand? 22 For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” 24 And He was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides. 25 For whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.”
Mark 4:21–25 NASB95
21 And He was saying to them, “A lamp is not brought to be put under a basket, is it, or under a bed? Is it not brought to be put on the lampstand? 22 For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” 24 And He was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides. 25 For whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.”
Mark 4:21 NASB95
And He was saying to them, “A lamp is not brought to be put under a basket, is it, or under a bed? Is it not brought to be put on the lampstand?

15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

The theological message found in our passage focuses on the hearing (8:18) and proclamation of God’s word (8:16–17). Having emphasized through the preceding parable the importance of both hearing and heeding God’s word, Luke stressed the importance of the church’s proclamation of that word. The gospel light is not meant to be hidden. Even before the missionary commissions of 24:48 and Acts 1:8, the reader is aware of the need to spread the good news. How will people turn from “darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins” (Acts 26:18) unless those who know the secrets of God’s kingdom (Luke 8:10) let their light shine?

The Lamp stand

The image points to Jesus as the implied agent, for whom the lamp is a metaphor. Jesus is the lamp of God who has come to bring light and revelation (John 1:5; 8:12).

Oil lamps, one of the most common artifacts discovered by archaeologists, give optimum light when elevated in the open rather than when placed under something like “a bowl or a bed.” The saying may have been prompted by the placement of the lampstand in the tabernacle for all to see (Exod 25:37). 4:21 repeats the thought of 2:21–22, although in different imagery

Exodus 25:37 NASB95
37 Then you shall make its lamps seven in number; and they shall mount its lamps so as to shed light on the space in front of it.
Exodus 25:37 NASB95
Then you shall make its lamps seven in number; and they shall mount its lamps so as to shed light on the space in front of it.
Spiritual Receptivity vs. Spiritual Rejection
Peters Account - 3000 souls got saved!
Acts 2:41 NASB95
So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 NASB95
13 For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.
measure: refers to the attitude with which the word of Jesus is being recieved.
Embrace it!
Profitable or Suffer loss!

26 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

Mark 4:26–29 NASB95
26 And He was saying, “The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; 27 and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows—how, he himself does not know. 28 The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head. 29 But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
The Kingdom of God has.......
A Beginning
A Middle
A End
It can only begin “IF” someone Partners with God and sows some seed!
the middle: the growing of the seed, the sower has nothing to do with it
The Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Gospel according to Mark From the Insignificant to the Incomprehensible (4:26–34)

Jesus likens the kingdom of God to a process of growth.

The Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Gospel according to Mark From the Insignificant to the Incomprehensible (4:26–34)

A seed is not spectacular, nor does its laborious growth attract attention. Night and day a farmer waits for seeds; “he sleeps and gets up,” and life goes on as it always has. But simultaneously and independent of the farmer another process is at work. Slowly, imperceptibly, “the seed sprouts and grows.”

The Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Gospel according to Mark From the Insignificant to the Incomprehensible (4:26–34)

The seed, like the gospel, prospers of itself, and once sown sets in motion a process that leads to harvest.

The Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Gospel according to Mark From the Insignificant to the Incomprehensible (4:26–34)

Though beset by opposition from religious leaders and misunderstanding from followers, Jesus is not disheartened, distraught, or desperate. Nor should there be anxiety among his disciples. The faith that Jesus requires of disciples is to sleep and rise in humble confidence that God has invaded this troubled world not with a crusade but with a seed, an imperceptible “fifth column” that will grow into a fruitful harvest.

The Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Gospel according to Mark From the Insignificant to the Incomprehensible (4:26–34)

Despite the farmer’s absence and ignorance, however, the soil brings forth “all by itself” (Gk. automatē), from which we derive the word “automatic.” The seed contains within itself a power of generation and an orderly process of growth—“first the stalk, then the ear, then the full kernel in the ear”—that transpires quite apart from the farmer.

The Kingdom of God has an End : The Bountiful Harvest. Whenever Jesus uses a farming analogy to explain what the Kingdom of God is like- then the Kingdom of God is like a farmer whom ends up with a successful Harvest!
The Bible Exposition Commentary Chapter Three: The Servant, the Crowds, and the Kingdom (Mark 3:13–4:34)

There is a mystery to the growth of the seed and the development of the harvest. It takes a good deal of faith to be a farmer, and also a good deal of patience.

Unstoppable Growth! The growth of the seeds is in God’s hand.
The Kingdom of God has an End
we can keep the garden weeded.....
Discipleship is much like sowing seed and keeping the garden weeded.
The Bible Exposition Commentary Chapter Three: The Servant, the Crowds, and the Kingdom (Mark 3:13–4:34)

There is a mystery to the growth of the seed and the development of the harvest. It takes a good deal of faith to be a farmer, and also a good deal of patience.

Galatians 6:3 NASB95
3 For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
Galatians 6:9 NASB95
9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
Philippians 1:6 NASB95
6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 4:7–8 NASB95
7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8 in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.

30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. 34 He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.

Small Beginnings!
The Kingdom will eventually grow in size and influence!
The Bible Exposition Commentary Chapter Three: The Servant, the Crowds, and the Kingdom (Mark 3:13–4:34)

Our Lord began with 12 Apostles. Later, there were as many as 500 believers (1 Cor. 15:6). Peter won 3,000 at Pentecost; and throughout the Book of Acts, that number steadily increased (Acts 4:4; 5:14; 6:1, 7). In spite of the sins and weaknesses of the church, the message has been carried to other nations; and one day, saints from every nation shall worship before His throne (Rev. 5:9).

The nesting of birds in the shadow of the grown bush points to divine blessing.
Ezekiel 17:22–24 NASB95
22 Thus says the Lord God, “I will also take a sprig from the lofty top of the cedar and set it out; I will pluck from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one and I will plant it on a high and lofty mountain. 23 On the high mountain of Israel I will plant it, that it may bring forth boughs and bear fruit and become a stately cedar. And birds of every kind will nest under it; they will nest in the shade of its branches. 24 All the trees of the field will know that I am the Lord; I bring down the high tree, exalt the low tree, dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will perform it.
Our Lord started with 12 disciples, who became Apostles, When the seed was planted it looked like nothing much was happening . There were a few followers of Jesus. says that there were about 120 devoted believers. But on the Day of Pentecost, over 3,000 were saved at one time. A short time later, another 5,000 came to Christ at one time. and the growth of the gospel continues today !

A Great Multitude from Every Nation

9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!

This reminds us to not look down on the little, the least, and the lost. God loves to take what appears to be Insignificant and do Amazing things !!!
VS. 33 & 34
Privately Jesus helps His disciples!
Special Privileges!
Salvation Call
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Sowing the Word, helping the unreached .. get reached , and seeing the gospel Advance!!
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