the importance of understanding THIS parable

Jesus had spoken many parables, but given His crucial endorsement to THIS one –

 

(Mark 4:13)

13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?

 

Jesus was referring to the Parable of the Sower.

A basic simple straightforward parable about sowing and harvest, but why such heavy weighted value attached to THIS one parable?

Jesus said something which so very important, but the same subject not commonly talked about by preachers and church leaders –

Let read through it again from Mark 4:11-13 when Jesus gave His explanation to His disciple about why He spoke in parable –

 

(Mark 4:11-13)

11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?

 

This parable seems to be a litmus test of who are in the kingdom of God and who are not.

Jesus Himself declared we need to be born-again to enter the kingdom of God.

For those of us who had gone through our born-again experience and encounters with Jesus, I am sure we can remember the changes and transformation we encountered.

 

Before we accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, we all heard the preaching of the Gospel before, have we not?

How many times we walked away in disbelieve?

Remember the day the moment you believed and acted in obedience to the Gospel?

What changed?

The Gospel message is the same, the content is the same, and someone could have quoted from the same version of the Bible and repeated the same verse.

What changed?

 

Our understanding of the kingdom of God!

 11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. (Mark 4:11-12)

 

The first obvious mark of our born-again experience

 

Conversion and Forgiveness of Sin

 

You know very well, there are people who have heard the Gospel and are still in disbelieve due to “no understanding” about the kingdom of God. They have no understanding because they have yet to go through that conversion experience.

On a more serious note – For those of you who have gone through Bible schools, I am sure you had encountered scholars and theologians who don’t believe a thing about Jesus’ virgin birth, don’t believe a thing about Moses crossing the Red Sea, and don’t understand a thing about the kingdom of God.

What kind of people are they? And what are they doing in Bible School?

 

Did Jesus actually walk on water?

Of course He did.

Peter was there!

The 12 disciples witnessed!

 

(Romans 10:14)

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?

 

The Gospel of Jesus is meant to be preached, not antagonized.

The kingdom of God is meant to be proclaimed, not hindered.

 

The blessings and promises of the Gospel and the kingdom of God are for those who believed and acted in obedience.

 

Look at Israel in the Old Testament, how did that generation with Joshua eventually enter the Promised Land.

The generation that left Egypt with Moses perished in the wilderness due to unbelieve and pervasive resistance against the conviction of the Holy Spirit, the next generation that God raised in the wilderness entered the Promised Land based on faith and obedience and under the leadership of Joshua.

We cannot understand anything we don’t believe in.

You will not understand that is the Promised Land if you don’t believe it as God promised. And that was the dis-believe and disobedience of the 1st generation that left Egypt.

Now in our times people who do not believe in Jesus cannot understand the kingdom of God, and therefore will set no priorities for it.

And people who don’t believe in miracles can never understand how miracles work.

Miracles cannot be explained though sciences. If you try doing that you go insane.

So how do miracles work?

 

Through the authority and power of God’s spoken words

If Jesus said so it is done

 

How can that be?

Why does Jesus have such power and authority?

 

(Hebrews 1:2)

But in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.

 

The message is talking about Jesus and the universe.

Are we not all fascinated with the universe? Today, space program and space travel received great funding and attention, because of our overwhelmed awe and amazement for exploration into outer space and the universe.

But very few are quick to acknowledge who owns the universe.

 

His name is Jesus!

 

That’s right, this universe has an owner and His name is Jesus!

Now if you purchase a property you receive Property Deeds and Titles with your name to it.

Just imagine everything in this universe rightfully belongs to Jesus!

 

Now let us return to the parable of the sower before we wonder too far out into the universe.

We know we could not understand a thing about the kingdom of God before we had our born-again encounter with Jesus.

We also know there are a lot of people who will continue to argue and disagree about what Jesus said because they are still outside the kingdom of God!

The Parable of the Sower is a test of two important spiritual principles –

 

ONE – are we on the same side with Jesus, means to say are we born-again?

TWO – have we received the capacity and empowering of the Holy Spirit to understand all other parables, which will be vital to our spiritual growth unto maturity?

 

We know Jesus talk about the Holy Spirit and the Apostle wrote about the Holy Spirit, but what does the Holy Spirit have to do with our spiritual growth? And why do we need spiritual growth?

Jesus at the last supper said something about the Holy Spirit –

 

(John 14:16-17)

And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you do know Him, for He abides with you and He will be in you.

 

The Holy Spirit is a Spirit of Truth.

The Holy Spirit gives us understanding about the things of God which is true and accurate.

But “the world cannot receive him” that with references to people who don’t receive Jesus yet and people who don’t act in obedience to what Jesus said and taught.

Jesus is the word of God and the word of God is truth and spiritual food for our soul. Therefore it is important for Christians to do our daily devotions in scripture reading and in prayer and reflections. And Holy Spirit does His work of conviction and revealing to us truths about Jesus and the kingdom of God.

So Christians who don’t do their devotion and prayer will have difficulties in their spiritual growth unto maturity as sons and daughters of God.

Now let me end this message by referring to something else equally important Jesus said about the parable of the sower we better pay attention –

 

(Mark 4:24-25)

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.”

 

After you received understanding of the kingdom of God, you don’t stop there.

You need to hunger and thirst for more of Jesus.

You need to desire more of the kingdom of God.

Because if you don’t you will lose that vision and your sense of direction as Christian.

We must continue and be active in our journey of faith till we meet Jesus face to face.

 

In-His-Service

David Z