Mark 4. Forum Discussion

Four parables and a miracle

Chapter four contains four parables and a miracle. Jesus shares the following parables (short stories):

  • The Parable of The Soils
  • The Parable of The Lamp
  • The Parable of The Growing Seed
  • The Parable of The Mustard Seed

Jesus also performs another miracle in calming an extremely rough sea proving to his disciples that even the wind and the sea obey Him.

The parable of the mustard seed states:

“And He said, “How shall we picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it?  It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil, yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that the birds of the air can nest under its shade.” -  Mark 4:30-34. 

Have you ever worked extremely hard at something and begun to grow frustrated because you feel like you are not making any progress? Maybe your situation is like the mustard seed in this parable? It may not produce fruit immediately, but God is working on things behind the scenes and when it does take hold, it is going to be amazing!  Too often we let negativity or self-doubt work on us until we stop taking the very actions that we believe in. If we align our values with God’s and are called to go in a particular direction, we should trust God to get us there. When? Just as Simon and Andrew IMMEDIATELY left their fishing nets and followed Jesus, we should not delay.

If we have any doubts, we should pray for wisdom and reference James 1:5-8:

 “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.  For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

Jesus tells these parables so that we do not lose hope if the seeds that we are planting do not seem to be producing anything. Our role is to keep sharing the gospel, to keep planting those seeds! Some will produce fruit. If we keep the faith and continue to plant the seeds, God will take care of the rest!

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Mark 5 and the subject of faith. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen



I will hedge my bet and say, "Yes and no."

In once sense, we do not know what tomorrow will bring (Proverb 27:1). So in that sense, if we have something that God has put in our hearts to accomplish, we should get to work on it immediately.

On the other hand, we do not always know God's plan for us. When we do not know, it is ok to wait for it to unfold, to practice patience. We do not need to run if we do not know where we are going.

So, yes and no. LOL.

Heather Ann

I think we always have a sense of urgency in serving the Lord. Opportunities to serve happen all the time when we least expect. I prayed for a woman this morning who had a sign asking for help with food and rent. Despite working almost full-time, she still could not meet these basic needs to help her two children.


I think Jesus put in the parable about the planted seeds so that we don't become discouraged when we try to spread the gospel and it doesn't happen, at least not right away. We can see that sometimes it takes time (mustard seed) and many times people reject the message. But sometimes it does stick, and we have to keep trying.