I’ve just published the 15th part of the Learn to read the Bible series on Mark’s Gospel. This week we are looking at Mark 4:21-25, “a lamp on a stand”.
For those who are coming to this new, the idea behind this series is not for me to simply explain everything to you, but rather to give you things to think about yourself. This is about training you to read the Bible for yourself, rather than just giving you all the answers!
See this page if you’d like a few pointers for how to use these videos. Don’t forget to pray!
You can read the passage online here (although I’d suggest it’s better in a physical Bible). You may also want to have a pen and paper handy to jot down notes and things you want to look into more.
Key points from Mark 4:21-25
- This is not an easy passage to understand! In times like this, it’s often helpful to put it into context. Think about what Jesus was saying in the previous section. How does this passage relate to it?
- What does Jesus say is “hidden” in the previous passage? How do you think that relates to having a light and not keeping it under a bowl, and things hidden being disclosed?
- Think about how we reveal the gospel to others, how it is shown in our lives. Do we keep the gospel hidden or do we show it?
- “Consider carefully what you hear” – what is “heard” in the parable of the sower? How does that help you to understand what Jesus means here?
- Do you think Jesus is saying that God will respond to us in the way that we respond to the gospel? If we hear the message gladly and believe, God will receive us with gladness. If we reject the gospel, God will reject us.
- What implications does that have for you, and for those you know? How can we be praying to help us and others be those who hear and believe the gospel?
Take a few moments to re-read the passage, think, and pray.
Looking for more?
You might also want to see the previous episode in the series on Mark 4:1-20.