Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” Mark 4:1-9 NIV
A dynamic preacher sharing with the multitudes along the shoreline. So many gathered that He had to row out a little in the boat to get some distance between Him and the multitude that He might be heard by all. And then He presents to them a message in the form of a parable. What was the crowd to make of this parable? Certainly, its purpose was more than just a feel warm and fuzzy inside. Look at His last words….whoever has ears, let him hear.
So, what do we make of this message today? Oh sure, we have the meaning of the parable explained to us later in the chapter, but, so what then? Do we feel content then and put our bible back on the shelf until the next time we pick it up? Do we get down on our knees and thank God that he allows us to know the hidden meaning of His messages? Does the message go beyond our ears and even our mind? Does it touch our heart and soul with true meaning? Do we tell Him that we know we need Him to be at the center of our life for it to have true meaning?
What we do with the message of the Word reflects who we truly are, and that which is core to our existence. When you read the words of Christ be sure to take time to really meditate on them and ask the Holy Spirit to direct you to that which is hidden from the multitudes. God’s Word is our spiritual nourishment. Without it we shall hunger and thirst far beyond that which we would do for the lack of food and drink. Let your soul be absorbant to the sacred word. Ask the Holy Spirit to let the hidden messages of God overwhelm your heart and soul. Be all that God means for you to be!