Mark 4 Bible Study


Mark 4 Outline


– Jesus tells the people about a parable of a sower who sows four types of seeds (Mark 4:1-20)

– Shining your light to the world (Mark 4:21-25)

– Jesus used the parable of growing seed to explain how God works after we spread the gospel (Mark 4:26-29)

– Jesus use the parable of mustard seed to describe all things are possible when you  have faith as small as a mustard seed (Mark 4:30-34)

– Jesus rebuked and calmed down the storm (Mark 4:35-41)


Mark 4 Bible Study


In Mark 4:1-20, Jesus tells a parable about the sower. In this parable, the sower sows four types of seeds on the soil. The first type of seed is those sown along the path, which are eaten by the birds. The second type of seed is those sown on the rocky places, which did not manage to stay long because it does not have deep root. The third type of seed is those sown among the thorns, which grows up and cause the plants to become choked. The fourth type of seed is those sown on a good soil, which produces 30 times, 60 times or 100 times more crops. Jesus said he who has ear let him hear because not all who hear the parable that he told understand what it means. Only those who receive insight from God can understand his words. The Holy Spirit gives us wisdom in understanding God’s word. Without the help of the Holy Spirit, you will not be able to understand God’s words. The twelve disciples and other disciples asked Jesus to explain the parable. Jesus explained that the seed that is sown along the path are those who don’t understand the gospel so they did not accept it. Therefore, the devil steals away the message of the gospel from them. The seeds that are sown on the rocky places are those that lost their salvation after enduring suffering and persecution. The seeds that are sown among the thorns are those that allow the worries in their lives to bother them so that they become unfruitful. The seeds that sown on good ground are those that accept the gospel message and faithfully follow Jesus.

In Mark 4:21-25, we are the light of this world. Christians have the responsibilities to preach the gospel message so that others can come to know Christ and be saved as well. Nothing is hidden from God. All secrets will be revealed at the judgment day in the end time. God will judge each of us according to what we have done. We cannot pass judgment on others and talk behind their backs. Passing judgment on others make us a judge. Only God is the judge. Jesus Christ is the judge that is going to judge us during the judgment day. We should leave all judgment to God. Everyone has a gift from God. The gift is given to use via the Holy Spirit. There are various types of gifts of the Spirit. We must exercise the gifts given to others and use it to serve God in the church so that others can be edified.

In Mark 4:26-29, the parable of the growing seed explains how the seed of the gospel is being sown and grow into maturity. Someone preach the message so that the person will know Christ. After that, other Christians will guide the new believer so that he grows into spiritual maturity and yield fruits in the kingdom of God. God will take care of the new believer’s need by sending different gospel workers to him so that he can grow into spiritual maturity.

In Mark 4:30-34, Jesus described the kingdom of God likes a mustard seed. Anyone who have faith in God can inherit the kingdom of God. If you have faith as small as the mustard seed, nothing will be impossible. God can give you all the things you ask for but you must have faith in him.

In Mark 4:35-41, Jesus was sleeping in the boat when a squall of ocean storm rose and flood the boat. The disciples woke him up because they are afraid of drowning. Jesus rebuked the wind and it immediately died down. Jesus rebuked the disciples for having lack of faith. If we trust God, God can help us to accomplish anything.