Bible Reading Blog — January 19, 2016

19 Jan

Today’s Readings — Exodus 16-19 & Mark 4:1-9

The Parable of the Sower has always fascinated me. The four seeds are scattered and only one of the four places where the seed falls is favorable to bear good fruit. Even then the soil is different in its harvest; some thirty, some sixty, some one hundredfold. There is in Mark chapter 4 a great mystery to the Kingdom of God and much of that mystery is explained through agricultural imagery. We might think since Jesus lived in an agrarian culture that those who heard Him would clearly understand His parables, but this was not so. This parable about the sower in particular will have to be explained.

The big message of Mark chapter four to me is “God is in control.” This doesn’t mean I have no responsibility or should take no action, it simply means God is in control. It is hard to give up control. We all like the illusion that what we do is what makes the world go around. We like the idea of being the captain of our own ship. But life has a way of reminding us daily that we are not in control. Try as we might we can not manage ourselves or others and we definitely can not manage God. This realization drives many people to despair, others to desperation. We either give up or we double down. But I believe the biblical prescription for facing reality is just to face it truly. With hearts of faith in the faithfulness of God we press forward not in the illusion that we control everything but in the confidence that God does. On the other side of that approach is an incredible freedom without passivity, an active faith that demands nothing and counts on God for everything.

2 Responses to “Bible Reading Blog — January 19, 2016”

  1. jpkight January 19, 2016 at 9:52 am #

    The Truth that God is in control really comes home in our Revelation study in BSF this year.   I find it remarkably comforting when considering end of time scenarios.  Now if I can just apply that better in the here and now.

    Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

    • jsf08 January 19, 2016 at 2:33 pm #

      The here and now is always the challenge.

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