Mark 4:1–9 (ESV)
The Parable of the Sower
Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. 2 And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching
he said to them: 3 “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. 5 Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since
it had no depth of soil. 6 And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. 8 And other seeds fell into good soil and produced
grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” 9 And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Parables are often hard to understand.
There is a reason Jesus taught in parables, and that is to hide the message from those who don’t believe and to reveal the hidden meaning to those who are believers. Maybe kind of like Cracker Jacks. I love Cracker Jacks... they taste great
and are crunchy. There is a toy in each Cracker Jack box, but you have to open the little envelope to reveal the toy. You have to know that you are looking for a toy. Soy what is the toy... or hidden meaning in today’s reading.
This is one of those fun parables that the disciples did not understand and Jesus explains it. That will come in tomorrow’s reading.
I pray: O Lord, help us to get the full intended meaning
of your Word when we study the Bible. Help us to reveal your Word to others around us and show them the true meaning. Amen.