"Meanderings in Mark"
Series on Mark, Lesson 17
God's Truth is Marching On
Read: Mark 4:26-34
Text: Mark 4:29 (KJV) But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
Theme: The Kingdom is growing to amazing proportions, although often we don't comprehend it.
I. The Kingdom Will Grow Mysteriously. (Mark 4:27-29)
A. Notice similarities between two parables.
(This and the parable of the sower and the seed.)
B. First parable emphasized:
1. Not all would be saved.
(Could be considered discouraging)
2. We should be throwing seed!
B. Second parable emphasizes GROWTH of that seed.
1. Takes place over time.
ILLUS. Bamboo, which grows over an inch per hour… yet you cannot see it grow if you are watching it.
ILLUS. The old saying, "a watched pot never boils" is not true, but it seems to be.
Backslidden believers don't see themselves falling apart like others do.
Luke 21:19 (KJV) In your patience possess ye your souls.
Rom 8:25 (KJV) But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
Heb 10:36 (KJV) For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
Heb 12:1 (KJV) Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2. Is unexplainable.
3. Ends with HARVEST.
II. The Kingdom Will Grow Miraculously. (Mark 4:30-32)
A. Insignificant beginnings.
B. Grows to be large.
Isa 9:7 (KJV) Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end...
1. Fowls may refer to nations.
(All nations will be included.)
Isa 54:3 (KJV) For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
Isa 60:5 (KJV) Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.
2. More likely, fowls refer to Satan's hordes.
(cf. Mark 4:4,15)
ILLUS. Parable of the tares (Matthew 13:25)
Gal 6:9 (KJV) And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
2 Cor 6:2 (KJV) … behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
2 Th 2:10-12 (KJV) …because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
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