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  1. Parable of the Sower Parables of the Messiah

  2. Shema – Hebrew Shema Israel, Adonaielohenu – Adonaiechad Ve’ahavta et Adonaieloeikah B’khollevavkah Uve’kholnaphshekah Uve’kholm’odekah Ve’ahavtale’reachaKamocha, Amen

  3. Shema Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God. The Lord alone. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. And Love your neighbor as yourself. Amen.

  4. Group of 4 parables • Mark 4 • Sower • Lamp on a Stand • Growing Seed • Mustard Seed • #4 is often used in learning and studying • 4 kinds of soil

  5. Jeremiah 4 • Break up your unplowed ground, and do not sow among thorns. vs. 3 • My wrath will break out and burn like fire because of the evil you have done – burn with no one to quench it. vs. 4

  6. Unkempt fields

  7. Paths

  8. Boundary

  9. Thorns

  10. Kinds of Soil • We are the soil not the farmer • Not a warning on where to spread the gospel • Call to reflection • What kind of soil are we? • Hard • Rocky • Thorny • Fertile

  11. 4 Soils = 4 Hearts • Sponge – soaks up everything • Funnel – in one ear, out the other • Strainer – focuses on details and loses main idea • Sifter – filters out chunks and keeps fine flower

  12. Prepare the soil • The first thing you did was burn off the thorns • Parable of fire – lamp on a stand • Expose your sin and get rid of it • Do it in a loving community • Warning – the measure you use for others will be used for you

  13. Thorns and Rocks Rocks keep coming up in the ground You can’t see them to remove them until after thorns are burned Work together to remove rocks

  14. Fertile Soil • 3rd parable – growing seed • Once your “soil” is ready you can produce a crop • 4th parable – mustard seed • Even small seed produce in fertile soil

  15. Ears • He who has ears to hear, let him hear • Isaiah 6 – Be ever hearing, but never understanding • Isaiah 5 – garden, what is a good crop? • Justice, righteousness, caring for needy • May God chisel out our ears so we hear the tze’akah of the needy

  16. Next week • Feeding 5000, feeding 4000 • Mark 6: 30-44, Mark 8:1-26