Not that the disciples were without faith. Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible. Mark 4:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Mark 4:4, NIV: "As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up." His disciples encouraged themselves with their having his presence, and thought it the best way to improve that, and appeal to that, and ply the oar of prayer rather than their other oars. IV. The word parable is used in Greek much more broadly than in English. He had a pillow there, such a one as a fisherman’s ship would furnish him with. 13:3, etc. They did not put to sea, till they had sent away the multitude, that is, had given to each of them that which they came for, and answered all their requests; for he sent none home complaining that they had attended him in vain. 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. He sees it has grown, but he cannot tell in what manner it grew, or what was the cause and method of its growth. Observe, too, that we can know that there is growth by its results, though we know not how, and that each stage of the growth is more apparent than the preceding stage. Mark 4 Commentary, this commentary ranks among the most important on the Greek text of the New Testament from the 19th century and not to be set on a candlestick? There it is, Why are ye fearful? This is fruit, and it will abound to our account. We read of hypocrites, that they delight to know God’s ways (Isa. That those who are good ought to consider the obligations they are under to do good; that is, as in the parable before, to bring forth fruit. Read Mark 4 commentary using John Gill's Exposition of the Bible. If he say, Peace, be still, there is a great calm presently. Note, Sometimes when the church is in a storm, Christ seems as if he were asleep, unconcerned in the troubles of his people, and regardless of their prayers, and doth not presently appear for their relief. 4:35. 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. Mark 4:4, ESV: "And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it." He began again to teach by the seaside. 41. When Christ seems as if he slept in a storm, he is awaked by the prayers of his people; when we know not what to do, our eye must be to him (2 Chr. How gay and pleasant doth it look, when it is covered with green! When they feared the winds and the seas, it was for want of the reverence they ought to have had for Christ. We must be cautious, and stand upon our guard, lest we be imposed upon. (1.) ); but it is here more fully related. That instructed them, which others were only amused with, and they were made to increase in knowledge by every parable, and understood more of the way and method in which Christ designed to set up his kingdom in the world, while others were dismissed, never the wiser. I. Mark 4:21-25 The light of knowledge is given to be communicated to others. Gifts and graces multiply by being exercised; and God has promised to bless the hand of the diligent. But now that they saw a demonstration of his power over them, they feared them less, and him more. 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. II. 5. The good seed of the gospel sown in the world, and sown in the heart, doth by degrees produce wonderful effects, but without noise (v. 26, etc. Immediately he putteth in the sickle. 33:32); and those represented here by the stony ground, received the word with gladness, and yet came to nothing. The Expositor's Greek Testament. It is spoken of as God’s prerogative to command the seas, Jer. The prophets do not live for ever; but the word which they preached, is doing its work, when they are in their graves, Zec. All rights reserved. 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. Ver. Both admonitions are very important. See Jn. 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. The work of grace in the soul has mighty products, now while it is in its growth; but what will it be, when it is perfected in heaven? Commentary on Mark 4:21-34 (Read Mark 4:21-34) These declarations were intended to call the attention of the disciples to the word of Christ. Here is a question Christ put to them before he expounded it, which we had not in Matthew (v. 13); "Know ye not this parable? Belief is meant to bear fruit. Commentaries for Mark Chapter 4 The parable of the sower. 1:16. What is used for Christ, he will take particular care of. He taught ‘many things’, but one stood out in particular, The Parable of the Sower. Mark 4 Commentary, this commentary has been valued for generations and consulted by Bible scholars everywhere And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land. 4. 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. He scatters it, in order to the increase of it. What manner of being could he be whom storm, wind, and sea obeyed? The word of command with which Christ rebuked the storm, we have here, and had not in Matthew, v. 39. Mark 4 Commentary, this commentary is a one-volume commentary prepared by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown There are many things we are concerned to know; and if we understand not the plain truths of the gospel, how shall we learn those more difficult! 28. 37. Mark 4:12, ESV: "so that “'they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand, lest they should turn and be forgiven. If the seed be sown on good ground, if the heart be humble, and holy, and heavenly, there will be good fruit, and it will abound sometimes even to a hundred fold, such a crop as Isaac reaped, Gen. 26:12. 1. Without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness; how God manifested in the flesh came to be believed on in the world, 1 Tim. 5. (2.) As Jesus taught, a great crowd gathered, and Jesus stepped back into a boat on the sea, so that he may better be heard and seen. 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. ); So is the kingdom of God; so is the gospel, when it is sown, and received, as seed in good ground. No, but that it may be set on a candlestick. Tenthly, Fruit is the thing that God expects and requires from those that enjoy the gospel: fruit according to the seed; a temper of mind, and a course of life, agreeable to the gospel; Christian graces daily exercised, Christian duties duly performed. There is a law of orderly development in natural growth, so also is it in reference to spiritual growth. The multitude went away when he put to sea, but some there were, that would venture upon the water with him. After a field is sown with corn, how soon is the surface of it altered! 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. 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.4. "If ye know not this, which is so plain, how will ye understand other parables, which will be more dark and obscure? 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. The difference in the results comes about by those who hear the Word. A word of comfort to us, that, be the storm of trouble ever so loud, ever so strong, Jesus Christ can lay it with a word’s speaking. ” (Mark 4:38) When we think Jesus doesn’t care about us, it shows we have no faith, because we don’t believe the truth about Jesus. Eighthly, Many are hindered from profiting by the word of God, by their abundance of the world. See notes on Matt. 2. 57:20); when our passions are up, and are unruly, let us think we hear the law of Christ, saying, Be silent, be dumb. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear --beautiful allusion to the succession of similar stages, though not definitely marked periods, in the Christian life, and generally in the kingdom of God. Had not the necessity of the case called for it, they would not have stirred up or awoke their Master, till he had pleased (Cant. Matthew gives much the fullest account of this day's teaching, reporting a number of parables not found elsewhere. This commentary has been through Advanced Checking.. Mark 4:23.In Mark 4:9 a summons to try to understand the parable; here a summons to those who have understood, or shall understand, the parable, or the great theme of all the parables, to communicate their knowledge. 27. It was out of the way, when they had occasion for it, and so it was as if they had not had it. Observe, Before Christ expounds the parable, [1.] The parables are meant to illumine, but human's evil hearts and motives, not God, block the light. To understand a proverb and the interpretation— The proverb is the literal sense, the interpretation is the spiritual resting in the lit… Note, Those who know the mystery of the kingdom of heaven, must acknowledge that it is given to them; they receive both the light and the sight from Jesus Christ, who, after his resurrection, both opened the scriptures, and opened the understanding, Lu. 6. The secret of the Lord was with them. 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. The Storm on the Sea. Thus many professors, that otherwise might have come to something, prove like Pharaoh’s lean kine and thin ears. Thus are we debtors both to the wise and to the unwise, Rom. "If ye know not this, which is intended for your direction in hearing the word, that ye may profit by it; how shall ye profit by what ye are further to hear? Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible by Matthew Henry . 2. Note, What we hear, doth us no good, unless we consider it; those especially that are to teach others must themselves be very observant of the things of God; must take notice of the message they are to deliver, that they may be exact. To enforce this caution, consider, 1. We may observe that our Saviour often preached by the … Fifthly, The devil is very busy about loose, careless hearers, as the fowls of the air go about the seed that lies above ground; when the heart, like the highway, is unploughed, unhumbled, when it lies common, to be trodden on by every passenger, as theirs that are great company-keepers, then the devil is like the fowls; he comes swiftly, and carries away the word ere we are aware. We should hear attentively, earnestly and devoutly the word of the Lord. Natura nil facit per saltum—Nature does nothing abruptly. There arose a great storm. 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? Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Mark 4:35-41 . Words in boxes are from the Bible. Methinks Christ’s carrying his doctrine into a ship, and preaching it thence, was a presage of his sending the gospel to the isles of the Gentiles, and the shipping off of the kingdom of God (that rich cargo) from the Jewish nation, to be sent to a people that would bring forth more of the fruits of it. 13:31-35. [2.] In the New Testament the word parable is used to refer to all these sorts of comparisons and others, too, including proverbs and riddles. Note, It is no new thing for that ship to be greatly hurried and endangered, in which Christ and his disciples, Christ and his name and gospel, are embarked. 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. The gospel kingdom in the world, shall increase and spread to the remotest nations of the earth, and shall continue to the latest ages of time. 13:13. 4. Matthew gives much the fullest account of this day's teaching, reporting a number of parables not found elsewhere. Other parables. That the perfection of it will be very great; When it grows up, it becomes greater than all herbs. Jer. www.easyenglish.bible. The apostles were ordained, to receive the gospel, not for themselves only, but for the good of others, to communicate it to them. 2. The parable of the seed, and the four sorts of ground (v. 1-9), with the exposition of it (v. 10-20), and the application of it (v. 21-25). That seeing they may see. He that made the seas, can make them quiet. Mark 4:26-29 The kingdom of God likened to the seed which groweth imperceptibly, Mark 4:30-34 and to a grain of mustard seed. God wants to communicate (cf. The reproof Christ gave them for their fears, is here carried further than in Matthew. We see above again, that the Word of God never varies. Those that would improve in knowledge, must be made sensible of their ignorance. Those that have but little of the world, may yet be ruined by an indulgence of the body. As we improve the talents we are entrusted with, we shall increase them; if we make use of the knowledge we have, for the glory of God and the benefit of others, it shall sensibly grow, as stock in trade doth by being turned; Unto you that hear, shall more be given; to you that have, it shall be given, v. 25. Study the bible online using commentary on Mark 4 and more! 31:35. No, they believed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; but at this time their fears prevailed so that they seemed to have no faith at all. II. Mark 4:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Mark 4:12, NIV: "so that, ''they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!''" A word list at the end explains words with a *star by them. While giving the seed sown time to germinate and come forth. Surely more than a man, for even the winds and the seas obey him. But these parables he expounded to them, when they were alone. It is sad to think, how much of the precious seed of the word of God is lost, and sown in vain; but there is a day coming when lost sermons must be accounted for. Salem Media Group. 13. They do Christ a deal of wrong, who suspect him to be careless of his people in distress. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. The disciples in the boat. Thus we know not how the Spirit by the word makes a change in the heart, any more than we can account for the blowing of the wind, which we hear the sound of, but cannot tell whence it comes, or whither it goes. When therefore these fowls come down upon the sacrifices, we should take care, as Abram did, to drive them away (Gen. 15:11); that, though we cannot keep them from hovering over our heads, we may not let them nestle in our hearts. How shall I make you to understand the designed method of it?" Here seems to be a new convenience found out, which had not been used before, though he had before preached by the sea side (ch. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides. (2.) And those that hope for a happiness in Christ, must be willing to take their lot with him, and run the same risks that he runs. 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. Mark 4:22 Commentaries: "For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come to light. If ye are gravelled and run aground with this, which bespeaks so plainly the different success of the word preached upon those that hear it, which ye yourselves may see easily, how will ye understand the parables which hereafter will speak of the rejection of the Jews, and the calling of the Gentiles, which is a thing ye have no idea of?" Though thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, yet God will give to every seed its own body; though at first it is but a tender blade, which the frost may nip, or the foot may crush, yet it will increase to the ear, to the full corn in the ear. The motions of soul they have, answerable to what they hear, are but a mere flash, like the crackling of thorns under a pot. See note on Matt. That seeing they may see. Mark 4 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this 12 volume, chapter by chapter commentary of 4,800 sermon outlines and 24,000 homiletic references Let us only observe here. 2:13), and that was—his standing in a ship, while his hearers stood upon the land; and that inland sea of Tiberias having no tide, there was no ebbing and flowing of the waters to disturb them. 121:3, 4); he slept, but his heart was awake, as the spouse, Cant. One may boldly and cheerfully put to sea in Christ’s company, yea though we foresee a storm. It will help us to value the privileges we enjoy as disciples of Christ, if we seriously consider the deplorable state of all who have not such privileges. The parable of the seed, and the four sorts of ground (v. 1-9), with the exposition of it (v. 10–20), and the application of it (v. 21–25). Who hath begotten me these? In the great … For notes on the parable of the Sower see Matt. Note, 1. 5:2. Having thus prepared them for it, he gives them the interpretation of the parable of the sower, as we had it before in Matthew. Take heed what you hear. By this therefore Christ proves himself to be God. 12:5. 45:15. 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. 29. 31. 10. And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. Mark’s Gospel is a gospel of deeds. 12. 1:5, 6. In the great … (MacDonald) These parables in Mark are unlike the other Markan parables for two different reasons. Compare 1 John 2:12-14 . There is no treasure of gifts and graces lodged in any but with design to be communicated; nor was the gospel made a secret to the apostles, to be concealed, but that it should come abroad, and be divulged to all the world. Then those who exhibit the fruit are to be gathered into the church. 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. Should cast seed. Mark 4 Commentary. 8. Though there may be cause for some fear, yet not for fear to such a degree as this. It will help us to value the privileges we enjoy as disciples of Christ, if we seriously consider the deplorable state of all who have not such privileges. This is, (1.) See Jn. Those follow the Lamb aright, that follow him wherever he goes. 2. Mark 4 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is one of the most respected interdenominational commentaries ever written. If we do not use, we lose, what we have; From him that hath not, that doeth no good with what he hath, and so hath it in vain, is as if he had it not, shall be taken even that which he hath. Proud member In this chapter, we have, I. Know ye not the meaning of it? The Grain of Mustard Seed. Note, The words of Christ demand attention, and those who speak from him, may command it, and should stir it up; even that which as yet we do not thoroughly understand, or not rightly, we must carefully attend to, believing it to be both intelligible and weighty, that at length we may understand it; we shall find more in Christ’s sayings than at first there seemed to be. In chapter 1, Jesus called his first disciples and began his preaching and healing ministry. 13:30), as a shock of corn in his season. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Mark 4:26-34 . Compare Luke 13:18, 19 . Parable in the Greek (parabolē) is composed of two words (para, beside and ballō, to cast). '”" Mark’s Good News. 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. When it is sprung up, it will go forward; nature will have its course, and so will grace. He spoke in parables, as they were able to hear them; he fetched his comparisons from those things that were familiar to them, and level to their capacity, and delivered them in plain expressions, in condescension to their capacity; though he did not let them into the mystery of the parables, yet his manner of expression was easy, and such as they might hereafter recollect to their edification. Some growths are quicker than others, but in all there is growth. That Christ now accepts the services which are done to him by an honest heart from a good principle; from the fruit of the gospel taking place and working in the soul, Christ gathers in a harvest of honour to himself. He shows them what a shame it was, that they needed such particular explanations of the word they heard, and did not apprehend it at first. Compare Luke 8:22-25 . II. Is the lamp put under a bushel? 9. 4. OVERVIEW. EXEGESIS: MARK 1-4. The reason given for this, is, because there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested, which should not be made manifest (so it might better be read), v. 22. Mark 4 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this one volume concise commentary provides a condensed look at nearly every verse in the Bible As we deal with God, God will deal with us, so Dr. Hammond explains these words, "With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you. How then will ye know all parables?" 12:24. Lastly, No good fruit is to be expected but from good seed. Christ was awhile sowing himself, when he went about teaching and preaching; now he sends his ministers, and sows by their hand. 18:14. I. He taught them many things by parables — After the usual manner of the eastern nations, to make his instructions more agreeable to them, and to impress them the more upon attentive hearers. 3:6-9 ). 12. The way of expounding that he used with his disciples; When he was alone by himself, not only the twelve, but others that were about him with the twelve, took the opportunity to ask him the meaning of the parables, v. 10. 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. 6:20); of others, that they rejoiced in his light (Jn. The Sea of Galilee lies 600 feet below the level of the Mediterranean, and has a tropical climate. This sacrifice they offered to the honour of Christ; they said, What manner of man is this? 8:23-27. The noise is threatening and terrifying; let us hear no more of it. 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. Those may suspect their faith, who can entertain such a thought as that Christ careth not though his people perish, and Christ justly takes it ill. Lastly, The impression this miracle made upon the disciples, is here differently expressed. The lesson is one of trust and hope. When without are fightings, and within are fears, and the spirits are in a tumult, Christ can create the fruit of the lips, peace. Coffman's Commentaries on the BibleMark 4. They feared a great fear; so the original reads it. In the kingdom of grace, as in nature, we are laborers together with God; the results of our work depend on him, and for the perfection of these results he takes his own time ( 1 Cor. Jesus’ role as teacher is important in this Gospel. See note on Matt. Our ears should be deaf to evil counsel. Mark 4 Bible Commentary. Christ went about doing good, and no difficulties in his way should hinder him; thus industrious we should be in serving him, and our generation according to his will. This parable is to teach you to be attentive to the word, and affected with it, that you may understand it. 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? This miracle which Christ wrought for the relief of his disciples, in stilling the storm, we had before (Mt. Such an astounding display of power, the control of the storm in which men are as helpless as infants, filled them with awe. Only a short distance north are the high mountains of Lebanon. Hence, (1) it is ours to sow the seed (the truth), his to give it growth; (2) having sown, we are to wait for time and God to perfect it; (3) this he does according to the definite order of development--first the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear; (4) not until there has been time for the development, are we to expect to reap. Like a grain of mustard seed. All Christians, as they have received the gift, must minister the same. v. 12. A candle gives light but a little way, and but a little while, and is easily blown out, and continually burning down and wasting. This is the first recorded teaching in parables. When a Christian church was sown in the earth for God, it was all contained in one room, and the number of the names was but one hundred and twenty (Acts 1:15), as the children of Israel, when they went down into Egypt, were but seventy souls. Vita brevis, ars longa—Life is short, art is long. 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. Christ speaks as one considering and consulting with himself, how to illustrate it with an apt similitude; With what comparison shall we compare it? 21. It takes great faith to trust the sleeping Jesus, to know that He cares and works for us even when it does not seem like it. I know no excuse for it, but the great familiarity which he was pleased to admit them into, and the freedom he allowed them; and the present distress they were in, which put them into such a fright, that they knew not what they said. These were set on, not a candlestick, but a light stand. These memories of Christ are what expresses his humanity. 2:7); but they knew he would forgive them this wrong. 3. 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. Disciples and began his preaching and healing ministry © 2021 Getty Images unless indicated! 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