It’s interesting that from the Parable of the Sower, Mark (the writer of the 2nd gospel in the New Testament) gathers three other parables: Lamp on a Stand, Growing Seed, and the Mustard Seed (Mark 4). During the next three Sunday’s services, we will look at each of these parables and ask ourselves, “What do each of them reveal about this Kingdom of God to which Jesus invites us?”
First, let us consider Mark 4:21-25. Jesus not only wanted to teach, but encourage us to remove what from under “a bowl” or “bed?” What secret does the light signify? What happens if we don’t? How does this relate to the Kingdom of God? I look forward to seeing you Sunday. Be safe in the snow!
<Jesus> said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”
“Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.”