59. Jesus’ true mother & brothers- Matt. 12:46-50, Mark 3:31-35, Luke 8:19-21
-Jesus remarks on true family to those who had gathered to listen to Him speak the words of God, probably in Caperaum. This was not a put off of His earthly mother and brothers. It was a statement of instruction about the true family of God and how to be a part of that family. Matthew and Mark give us that it requires doing the will of God (Matthew 7:21; 12:50, Mark 3:35), while Luke adds that we must hear it and do it (Luke 8:21). *Application* We are called the children of God in the Scriptures (1 John 3:1-3). Being a part of this family is a special privilege that changes everything that we are about. This relationship that God graciously bestows upon us purifies, sanctifies, and in the end glorifies us as redeemed of the LORD. Count your many blessings if you are a part of His Kingdom and live like the saint you are.
Verses to Memorize- Matthew 12:50, Mark 3:35, Luke 8:21
60. The sower- Matt. 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-20, Luke 8:4-15
-The seed is the Word of God in this fundamental parable for our spiritual understanding (Mark 4:13). Those people who reject it immediately, having the Word taken away by the deception of the devil, do not ever believe in their heart and are never saved. The people who are rocky do receive the Word with joy but have no firm root (or foundation, Matthew 7:24-25). They have some faith for a while, but when temptation comes they fall away (Hebrews 6:1-6). These are the apostates (Matthew 13:21, Mark 4:17, Hebrews 3:12) and are never destined for Heaven in relationship with the Living God. The ones who get choked out by the cares, worries, and desires of this world may have relationship and could be going to Heaven (1 Corinthians 3:11-15), but they have become unfruitful and are in danger of being taken out of this world for an unproductive Christian existence (1 Corinthians 11:28-30, 1 John 5:16). The good soil are those who understand the Word of God with an honest and good heart, hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance (Luke 8:15). *Application* Let us all be good soil and understand the mystery of the Kingdom of God. This message reveals the four different kinds of reactions we will get when we present the Word of God to people. Pray that the message will find good soil and grow abundantly! He who has ears, let him hear!
Verse to Memorize- Luke 8:15
61. A candle under a bushel- Mark 4:21-25, Luke 8:16-18
-Nothing will be hidden; it will all come to the light. Be careful what you listen to (your influencers). Whoever has, more will be given. The Kingdom grows. “Living things grow and growing things change”- Paige Henderson. *Application* Be ready to be blessed when your light (the Light of Christ) shines in this world. It will expose everything and cause all to be revealed. Think of light and how it illuminates. Sometimes people get irritated by light exposure and shun it. Don’t worry when you are rejected because of the light in you. You are the aroma of Christ to those who are being saved and the stench of death to those who are perishing (2 Corinthians 2:14-17).
Verse to Memorize- Mark 4:22
62. The growing seed- Mark 4:26-29
-This parable about the Kingdom of God is only recorded in Mark (four of the only 31 verses in this gospel that are not quoted in the other gospels). It reveals that spiritual growth is a continual, gradual process that is finally consummated in a harvest of spiritual maturity. The slow but certain growth of a plant illustrates how our Christian growth should be. *Application* Sometimes we may not even realize how we are growing in our walk with Christ in relationship with Him as we draw ever closer and closer to Him through spiritual disciplines. All of a sudden we awake and understand that we have matured in our faith and can handle the greater things of God more than we could have ever expected or imagined according to the Power that works within us (Ephesians 3:20). God give us a plentiful harvest!
Verse to Memorize- Mark 4:28