It's Day 8 and we're in Mark 4.
Where God Spoke To Me:
- Nothing really jumped out to me today.
- Verse 12 - This sounds like Jesus is deliberately trying to keep them from the truth. In fact, the idea that's trying to be conveyed is that they don't want to know the truth. We see this in the longer version of this in Matthew 13:15. We also see in later in Mark 4 in verses 21-22 when Jesus follows up the explanation of this parable by saying that there is no point to putting a light under a basket. I think the point the verse is trying to make is: I'm teaching in parables and that allows those who want to understand to access it while those who don't want the truth are left outside.
- Verses 13-20 - Only the final "seed" is a true believer. Fruitfulness is a defining characteristic of a true Christian.
- Verses 24-25 - Verse 25 sounds a little unfair at first but what He's saying is: the person who wants the truth is going to get even more while the person who doesn't want the truth will lose his grasp on even the little that he once had.
If you want to read the chapter online, here's a link.
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