41-BSG-4 (Mark 4)

Bible Study Guide.
February 26, 2018
Mark 4
Code: 41-BSG-4

PRAYER: Father, we thank You for the Bible. We invite Your Spirit to teach us now. Guide and Bless, we pray. We thank You, and we come in Christ’s name, Amen.

Chapter Overview:
Contents: Parables: the sower, the growing seed, the grain of mustard seed, Jesus stills the storm.
Characters: Jesus, Satan, disciples.
Key Word: Kingdom parables, Mk 4: 2, 11, 26, 30.
Strong Verses: Mk 4: 24, 25.

Summary of the Main Points:
[1] The parable of the Sower, (Mk 4: 1-9)
[2] Why Christ taught by parables, (Mk 4: 10-13)
[3] The interpretation of the parable, (Mk 4: 14-20)
[4] Knowledge is given in order to be communicated, (Mk 4: 21, 22)
[5] Parable of the Lamp, (Mk 4: 21-23)
[6] A call to hear with attention, (Mk 4: 23-25)
[7] Parable of the Growing Seed, (Mk 4: 26-29)
[8] Parable of the grain of mustard seed, (Mk 4: 30-32)
[9] Christ teaches only by parables, which He expounds to his disciples, (Mk 4: 33, 34)
[10] Christ stills a tempest by His word, (Mk 4: 35-41)


[1] From what did Jesus teach so that the crowd could hear? (Mk 4:1)

[2] What is a parable? A story of some natural event or condition which can be made to have a definite spiritual application. Parables used familiar practices or objects to elucidate unknown or complex spiritual truths.

[3] What name is given to the group of parables now spoken? “The Parables by the Sea,” because the greater part were probably spoken from a boat on the Sea of Galilee to a large multitude on the shore. (Matt. 13:1).

[4] What was the first of these parables? The seed sown in four kinds of ground. (Matt. 13:3–9, 18–23).

[5] What is the seed? The Word of God.

[6] Who are the wayside hearers? The careless ones who forget immediately what they hear.

[7] Who are the stony ground hearers? Those who hear and believe; but have no depth of character and do not remain faithful under trials.

[8] Who are the thorny ground hearers? Those who hear and believe, but let this world’s interests and cares destroy the seed.

[9] Who are they who truly receive the gospel? Those who receive it into their hearts, as seed into good ground, and show its effects in their lives.

[10] What was the second parable? The wheat and the tares. Matt. 13:24–30, 36–43.

[11] What are tares? A poisonous grain much resembling wheat.

[12] What is the fate of the tares? To be burned.

[13] What is meant by the harvest? The end of the world (age).

[14] What is meant by the barn? The heavenly treasure house and home.

[15] Who are the reapers? The angels.

[16] How are the tares described? As the children of the wicked ones.

[17] What other parables are given in this group? The kingdom of heaven is likened to (1) the tiny mustard seed, which grows to be a large bush; (2) the leaven (yeast) which leavens all the meal; (3) the treasure hidden in a field, worth all else that a man has; (4) the one pearl, more valuable than all other jewels; (5) the net of fish, from which the good will be selected and the bad thrown away.

[18] What great deed was done after this teaching in parables? Jesus stilled by a word the tempest on the lake. Mark 4:35–41.

[19] What ought we to learn from our Lord’s words to his disciples? That we ought to have strong faith at all times in his goodness and power.

[20] What did Jesus say to the sea? “Peace, be still!” Mark 4:39.



What must I do with this chapter? In order to answer this question, we are going to examine the following application questions, one item at a time.
(a) Truth to believe/ practice
(b) God’s Character
(c) Sin to avoid/ confess
(d) Attitude to cultivate
(e) Command(s) to obey
(f) Instructions for daily life
(g) Example to follow
(h) Promise to claim
(i) The Gospel’s Voice.


[1] The seed:
(a) Its origin. Every seed is originated by Christ. But there is a sense in which every man originates his own seed.
(b) Its growth. Man can sow, God alone can quicken.
(c) Its identity. The seed is the same in all ages and climates.

[2] Fruitful Hearers. The parable of the soils emphasized the importance of being a fruitful hearer by distinguishing the good soil from the bad.

Notice what fruitful hearers do:
(a) They will witness obediently (Mk 4:21–23)
(b) They will work expectantly (Mk 4:24–25)
(c) They will wait dependently (Mk 4:26–29)
(d) They will walk confidently (Mk 4:30–34)

[3] Characteristics, nature, and attributes of the Kingdom of God, of Heaven: → Described through parables (Mark 4:26–29)

[4] Characteristics, nature, and attributes of the Kingdom of God, of Heaven: → Hidden from the world but revealed to true seekers (Mark 4:10).


[1] Omnipotent. “Peace, be still!”
“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” (Mark 4:39, NKJV)

Here we see Jesus Christ’s authority, demonstrated by His power, to have absolute control over nature.

Notice the details of His actions:
He arose. Ex 14:16, 22, 28, 29. Jb 38:11. Ps 29:10. 93:3, 4. 104:7-9. 107:29. 148:8. Pr 8:29. Je 5:22.
He rebuked. Mk 9:25. Ps 106:9. Ec 8:4. Na 1:4. Lk 4:39.
He commanded: “Peace, be still!” Mk 1:25g.
And the wind ceased: Ps 89:9.
Results: “A great calm” Mk 6:51. Jb 38:11. Ps 65:7. 89:9. 93:4. Mt 14:32.

[2] “He explained all things to His disciples.” (Mk 4:35)

Compare: Mk 7:17-23. Mt 13:36, 15:15, Lk 8:9, 24:27, 44-46.

This role of explaining divine things to us did not expire during the Christ event, in fact, it has been expanded: “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:16–18, NKJV) “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (John 14:26, NKJV)


[1] Hardness- “Some seeds fell by the wayside,”
[2] Shallowness- “And some fell upon stony places,”
[3] Preoccupancy- “And some fell among thorns,”
[4] Richness- “Other fell into good ground.”
Note: This soil contained all the qualities essential to fruitfulness. Moisture, depth, cleanness, and quality.

[5] Failing or refusing to Exercise Faith (Mk 4:40)
[6] Failure to believe or trust God, His Word, or Christ (Mk 4:37-38)

[7] Unbelief, or doubting God.
“But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”” (Mark 4:38, NKJV).

How often do we say things like this to God? When we get into some trouble, we question His love, not His ability. And yet despite our lack of faith, He reaches out His hand and saves us.


Mk 4:9 — “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
God does not force any of us to hear His words or listen to His counsel. He may employ a series of uncomfortable situations to try to get our attention, but whether we choose to hear is entirely up to us.

“The Lord Jesus has summoned the world to hear. “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Let all listen with submissive, reverent attention. He repeats the words given Him by the One who said, “This is my beloved Son.… Hear ye him.” Who is listening to the words which are light and life to all who receive them? (Lift Him Up, p. 253)


[1] “Listen to this!” (NASB)
(Compare Mk 4:9, 23. Mk 7:14, 16. Dt 4:1. Ps 34:11. 45:10. Pr 7:24. 8:32. Is 46:3, 12. 55:1, 2. Ac 2:14. He 2:1-3. Ja 2:5. Re 2:7, 11, 29). The command to heed God’s words underscored the importance of what Christ was about to say.

[2] “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”


[1] Hear the Word,
[2] Accept the Word,
[3] Bear Fruit

Read: Ga 5:22, 23. Ph 1:11. Col 1:10. 1 Th 4:1. Ja 1:21, 22. 2 P 1:8.


[1] Working for God, serving Him, evangelization
(Mt 13:3–9; 13:18–23; 28:18–20; Mk 4:1–23; 4:26–29; Lk 8:4–15; 19:1–10; Jn 4:4–42; 15:27)

[2] Character (the Inward dimension) → Guarding the heart (the source of our acts and words); “Take heed what you hear.” Mark 4:24–25


[1] Stony ground replaced. (Mk 4:16, 17. Compare Ezk 11:19. 36:26)

[2] Nothing is secret. “For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.” (Mark 4:22, NKJV)
Compare Matt. 10:26; Mark 4:22; Luke 12:22.

“The lesson Christ here draws from the parable of the lamp and the lampstand differs from that given in regard to the same theme in the Sermon on the Mount. Here, Christ comes as the bearer of the light of truth to dispel darkness from the minds of men concerning God and the kingdom of heaven (see on Matt. 13:11). There is no “mystery” or “secret” of importance to salvation that will be concealed from those who “take heed” how they “hear” (Luke 8:18).” (SDA BC vol. 5/ Mark 4:22)


(Listen to the Lord’s voice/ command to us all, as we close)

“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (James 1:21–22, NKJV)


Are you sowing the seed of the kingdom?
Author: Fred A. Fillmore (1856 -1925) Par¬is IL, USA.

[1] Are you sowing the seed of the kingdom, brother,
In the morning bright and fair?
Are you sowing the seed of the kingdom, brother,
In the heat of the noonday’s glare?

For the harvest time is coming on,
And the reaper’s work will soon be done;
Will your sheaves be many,
Will you garner any,
For the gath’ring at the harvest home?

[2] Are you sowing the seed of the kingdom, brother,
In the still and solemn night?
Are you sowing the seed of the kingdom, brother,
For a harvest pure and white?

[3] Are you sowing the seed of the kingdom, brother,
All along the fertile way?
Would you glean golden sheaves in the harvest, brother,
Come and join the ranks today.

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