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Hearing the Code of the Kingdom-2
February 21, 2021

Hearing the Code of the Kingdom-2

February 21, 2021

Hearing the Code of Kingdom–2

Mark 4:21-34

The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self – 

“And he said to them, ‘To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables.’”  Mark 4:11

Four Types of Hearers

Hearer

hard soil

Satan takes away the Word (15)

Hearer

shallow soil

receives it with joy … falls away (16-17)

Hearer

thorny soil

choked by cares, lies, and desires (18-19)

Hearer

good soil

hears … receives … and bears fruit (20)

Dynamic Hearing Is …

1.  – It is found in a Person (1-20)

2.  – It increases with usage (21-25)

“For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light.” (22)

3.  – It knows that it doesn’t know. (26-29)

So much irony in this parable –

  • (scatter, 26)
  • (sleeps, 27)
  • (by itself, 28)
  • (first … then … then, 28)
  •  (grain is ripe, 29)
  •  (at once, 29)

“He knows not how” (27b)

4.  – It sees what will be, not what is. (30-32)

Four Questions

  • Do you have a relationship with Jesus? 
  • Are you paying attention to what you hear?
  • Will you resist the temptation to size up your growth?
  • Are you praying to the God of the mustard seed?

 

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