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Mark 4

Jesus taught in parables by the water. This season of his life and ministry was marked by both growing hostility toward him, and the consistent adulation for Him. The crowds that came were likely populated by some who wanted to ensnare Him and those who wanted to witness the wonders of which they heard. Rather than “preach to the choir” Jesus chose to speak in parables. Why? “He who has an ear, hear what the Spirit is saying.”

Jesus knew the crowd before Him contained the curious, the critics, the cynical and the seeking. He spoke in parables knowing that the hungry would hear the voice of the Spirit in the midst of this allegorical oration. Before the crowds He cast bread in a wide pattern. Within the inner circle of His disciples He dispensed golden nuggets of wisdom and understanding. Before the crowds there was a message hidden in a story while His disciples witnessed first-hand the message of the Messiah come to life.

Jesus understood something. Jesus understood that His mission was not predicated upon the condition of people’s hearts. The circumstance, the environment, the atmosphere; none of these dictated His actions. He apprehended the atmosphere everywhere He went. Jesus knew His identity. He knew what He was to do. Jesus walks this out in a time of both increasing hostility toward Him and widespread acclaim for Him, neither of which were of consequence to Him. His mission remain unchanged by His environment: to fulfill the law of God and reveal the heart of God.

The revelation from His life gives direction to ours. Know who you are! Know whose you are! “And the things of this earth will grow strangely dim, in the Light...”

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