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January 2 - Mark 4

Updated: Mar 17, 2020

Dig Deeper:

  • EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER: Once again Jesus' emotions are on display. What sort of mood do you think Jesus was in as He 'rebuked' the wind & waves in v39? Compare & contrast how the disciples reacted to the storm suddenly stopping with how the pagan sailors reacted in Jonah 1:15-16.

  • MESSIANIC SECRET: We often think Jesus used parables to make His teaching more understandable, but in v10-11 Jesus tells His disciples He speaks in parables so that only those to whom the Kingdom of God has been given can understand. Mark points this out again in v33-34 in one of the few times in this book where as narrator he steps away from the action to comment on what's going on.

  • CROWD WATCH: More and more people are showing up in hopes of seeing or possibly receiving a miraculous healing. Why is Jesus always pulling Himself and His followers away from the crowd (v35-36)?

  • THINK ON THIS TODAY: Choose one of the four parables (three of which are about farming & seeds) and think about it throughout the day. What is God telling you through this parable?

Prayer Tips:

  • Thank God for making His gospel message clear to you.

  • Pray that God will bless you today as you think about the parable while doing your other activities.

  • Acknowledge that even the wind and waves obey your God & Savior.


Sermon Reflections

Genesis 8:20 - 9:17

Covenant Resolutions

God saved you for a purpose, so fulfill God's purpose in the New Year / Decade

Wednesday - Salvation is rooted in God's gracious, providential and covenantal character

Thursday - Resolutions 1 & 2 - Don't consume lifeblood (??), Protect & defend life.

Friday - Resolution 3 - Fulfill God's creation mandate.



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