Mark 4:21-34

  1. Verses 21-25. What is the responsibility of the hearer:
    (a) for what he does with his knowledge, and
    (b) for his personal response to what he hears? What, therefore, are:
    (a) the divinely intended consequences of spiritual privilege, and
    (b) the conditions of spiritual progress?
    Cf. Mark 3:14.
  2.  Verses 26-29. What is suggested in this parable concerning the character and purpose of:
    (a) the first coming, and
    (b) the second coming into the world of the Lord Jesus?
    Cf. Ps. 126:6.                                                                                                  What truth do both of the parables illustrate here concerning the seed of God’s word when it is sown in human hearts?

 Note. Verse 26, 30. ‘Kingdom’: this word (Particularly its Old Testament antecedent) signifies primarily ‘sovereignty’ i.e., the sway exercised by a king, and only secondarily ‘realm’,i.e., the sphere or territory over which he rules. ‘This is what the kingdom of God is like…’ (verse 26) virtually means ‘the way God exercises his sway and works out his purposes among men is like this’.