And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? The difference between a grain of mustard seed and a great tree, is nothing to that between a young convert on earth and a glorified saint in heaven. This parable is given only by Mark, but its general lesson is enforced by parallel passages, e. g., Isaiah 55:10 Isaiah 55:11 Jam 5:7 Jam 5:8 Jam 5:1 1 Pet. Their confidence lay in this, that they had their Master with them; and the ship that has Christ in it, though it may be tossed, cannot sink; the bush that has God in it, though it may burn, shall not consume. It concerns those who hear the word of the gospel, to mark what they hear, and to make a good use of it, because their weal or woe depends upon it; what he had said before he saith again, If any man have ears to hear, let him hear, v. 23. The husbandman, when he hath sown the seed, doth nothing toward the springing of it up; He sleeps, and rises, night and day; goes to sleep at night, gets up in the morning, and perhaps never so much as thinks of the corn he hath sown, or ever looks upon it, but follows his pleasures or other business, and yet the earth brings forth fruit of itself, according to the ordinary course of nature, and by the concurring power of the God of nature. It is just with God to say of those that will not see, that they shall not see, and to hide from their eyes, who only look about them with a great deal of carelessness, and never look before them with any concern upon the things that belong to their peace. Many who are lighted as candles, put themselves under a bed, or under a bushel: they do not manifest grace themselves, nor minister grace to others; they have estates, and do no good with them; have their limbs and senses, wit and learning perhaps, but nobody is the better for them; they have spiritual gifts, but do not use them; like a taper in an urn, they burn to themselves. He scatters it, in order to the increase of it. The Jews used lamps instead of candles. Or, They sent them away with a solemn blessing; for Christ came into the world, not only to pronounce, but to command, and to give, the blessing. Mark 4 Commentary. Caesar encouraged the master of the ship, that had him on board, with this, Caesarem vehis, et fortunam Caesaris—Thou hast Caesar on board, and Caesar’s fortune. Mark 4:21-25 The light of knowledge is given to be communicated to others. 3. In the great … 1:16. The apostles were ordained, to receive the gospel, not for themselves only, but for the good of others, to communicate it to them. When he had been labouring in the word and doctrine all day, instead of reposing himself, he exposeth himself, to teach us not to think of a constant remaining rest till we come to heaven. 4:21 "lamp" The first two questions of Mark 4:21 grammatically expect a "no" answer. First, That in the great field of the church, the word of God is dispensed to all promiscuously; The sower soweth the word (v. 14), sows it at a venture, beside all waters, upon all sorts of ground (Isa. This sacrifice they offered to the honour of Christ; they said, What manner of man is this? We must not hence infer that we may be careless of our health, but we may learn hence not to be over nice and solicitous about the body. See note on Matt. Should sleep, and rise, etc. Mark 4:36 - Leaving the crowd, they *took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. 13:13. The parable of the sower, as we had it, Mt. Mark's report is nearly that of Matthew Mark 4:1-20 Matthew 13:1-23, word for word, as well as of the explanation that follows. These were set on, not a candlestick, but a light stand. Note, This should quicken us both to prayer and pains that we may get knowledge, that there are a great many things which we are concerned to know; and if we understand not the plain truths of the gospel, how shall we master those that are more difficult? Let but the word of Christ have the place it ought to have in a soul, and it will show itself, as the wisdom from above doth in a good conversation. Should cast seed. They took him even as he was, that is, in the same dress that he was in when he preached, without any cloak to throw over him, which he ought to have had, to keep him warm, when he went to sea at night, especially after preaching. We cannot but wish we had had that exposition, as we had of the parable of the sower; but it was not so needful; because, when the church should be enlarged, that would expound these parables to us, without any more ado. "If ye know not this, which is so plain, how will ye understand other parables, which will be more dark and obscure? They had feared the power and wrath of the Creator in the storm, and that fear had torment and amazement in it; but now they feared the power and grace of the Redeemer in the calm; they feared the Lord and his goodness, and it had pleasure and satisfaction in it, and by it they gave glory to Christ, as Jonah’s mariners, who, when the sea ceased from her raging, feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, Jon. 2:7); but they knew he would forgive them this wrong. This intimates, (1.) Bible > Bible Commentary; John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible; Mark; Mark 4; John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible << Mark 3 | Mark 4 | Mark 5 >> (Read all of Mark 4) Verse 1. 18:14. 28. 57:20); when our passions are up, and are unruly, let us think we hear the law of Christ, saying, Be silent, be dumb. The foregoing chapter began with Christ’s entering into the synagogue (v. 1); this chapter begins with Christ’s teaching again by the sea side. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. 31. In chapter 1, Jesus called his first disciples and began his preaching and healing ministry. We must likewise take heed what we hear, by proving all things, that we may hold fast that which is good. Having thus prepared them for it, he gives them the interpretation of the parable of the sower, as we had it before in Matthew. I confess this sounds somewhat harsh, rather like chiding him for sleeping than begging him to awake. 5:35); of those to whom Ezekiel was a lovely song (Eze. A parable signifies not only a simile or comparison, and sometimes a proverb, but any kind of instructive speech, wherein spiritual things are explained and illustrated by natural, Proverbs 1:6. Let us only observe here. The way of teaching that Christ used with the multitude (v. 2); He taught them many things, but it was by parables or similitudes, which would tempt them to hear; for people love to be spoken to in their own language, and careless hearers will catch at a plain comparison borrowed from common things, and will retain and repeat that, when they have lost, or perhaps never took, the truth which it was designed to explain and illustrate: but unless they would take pains to search into it, it would but amuse them; seeing they would see, and not perceive (v. 12); and so, while it gratified their curiosity, it was the punishment of their stupidity; they wilfully shut their eyes against the light, and therefore justly did Christ put it into the dark lantern of a parable, which had a bright side toward those who applied it to themselves, and were willing to be guided by it; but to those who were only willing for a season to play with it, it only gave a flash of light now and then, but sent them away in the dark. It is the ruin of hypocrites, that they have no root; they do not act from a living fixed principle; they do not mind heart-work, and without that religion is nothing; for he is the Christian, that is one inwardly. That the perfection of it will be very great; When it grows up, it becomes greater than all herbs. Ninthly, Those that are not encumbered with the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, may yet lose the benefit of their profession by the lusts of other things; this is added here in Mark; by the desires which are about other things (so Dr. Hammond), an inordinate appetite toward those things that are pleasing to sense or to the fancy. (MacDonald) These parables in Mark are unlike the other Markan parables for two different reasons. After the parables thus specified the historian concludes with this general account of Christ’s preaching—that with many such parables he spoke the word unto them (v. 33); probably designing to refer us to the larger account of the parables of this kind, which we had before, Mt. The parable of the grain of mustard-seed, and a general account of Christ’s parables (v. 30–34). In Matthew it is said, The men marvelled; here it is said, They feared greatly. He sees it has grown, but he cannot tell in what manner it grew, or what was the cause and method of its growth. 58:2); of Herod, that he heard John gladly (ch. Note, 1. The disciples in the boat. This is the first recorded teaching in parables. The husbandman cannot describe how it comes up; it is one of the mysteries of nature; It springs and grows up, he knows not how, v. 27. Of the Sea of Galilee. In this chapter, we have, I. 45:15. If we understand not the rules we are to observe in order to our profiting by the word, how shall we profit by any other rule? III. The storm was so great, that the ship was full of water (v. 37), not by springing a leak, but perhaps partly with the shower, for the word here used signifies a tempest of wind with rain; however, the ship being little, the waves beat into it so that it was full. Those follow the Lamb aright, that follow him wherever he goes. 4:1-20 This parable contained instruction so important, that all capable of hearing were bound to attend to it. 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