Reflection. The correct attitude towards Jesus Authority on Mark 4.1-20. By Fabian Massa.

Translated from Spanish to English with Google translator.

A. Introduction

The action takes place in Galilee, within the first year of Jesus' public ministry. Every time he appeared somewhere, crowds auto summoned to hear and receive from Him healing and miracles. See the text:
4 Again Jesus began to teach the lakeside. The crowd that gathered around him was so great that he went and sat in a boat that was on the lake, while all the people stood on the beach. 2 Then he began to teach them many things in parables, and as part of their training, they said: 3 "Listen! A farmer went out to sembrar.4 It happened that he spread the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it. 5 Some fell on rocky ground without much earth. It sprang up quickly because the soil was not deep, 6 but when the sun rose and the plants withered because they had no root, they withered. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked so that it yielded no fruit. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty and even a hundredfold. 10 When he was alone, the Twelve and those who were around him asked him about the parables. 11 "To you it has been revealed to them the secret of the kingdom of God -Les replied; but to those outside everything is said in parables, 12 that '"Much to see and not perceive;and hearing they may hear and not understand;lest they turn and be forgiven. "13 "Do not you understand this parable? Jesus continued. How then will you understand any parable? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word sown in them. 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky ground: when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy, 17 but having no root, they last a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately they depart from it. 18 Others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word, 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and desires for other things come in and choke the word, so that it fails to bear fruit. 20 But others will, like seed sown on good soil,. Hear the word and accept it and produce a crop-thirty, sixty and even a hundredfold "9" He who has ears to hear, let him hear, "he added Jesus.
 Marcos 4.4 to 20 NIV.
This self-convened to hear the Master was a recognition of the spiritual authority of Jesus, which had been built from the moment of the beginning of His ministry, study together this background:

  1. Authority over temptation, sin and Satan, Mark 1.13
  2. Authority over the natural: Conversion of water into wine. The day after being baptized by John the Baptist, attended with his first disciples to the wedding at Cana of Galilee, where he turned water into wine. Six months later, when the Baptist was imprisoned by Herod, Jesus focused his ministry in Galilee (Mark 1.14) and there made a series of miracles, of which these were recorded by Mark:
  3. Authority in the spirit world: Liberation demoniac of Capernaum Synagogue, Mark 1.24-26
  4. Authority over disease: Healing Peter's mother and other patients who took home that day, Mark 1.29-34
  5. Authority over disease: Healing and Deliverance Tour through Galilee, Mark 1.35-39
  6. Authority over sin and disease: healing the leper, Mark 1.40-45
  7. Authority for the forgiveness of sins and healing the paralytic, Mark 2.1-12
  8. Authority on the tradition of fasting: Mark 2.19 - Religious Jews practiced ritual fasting, fasting to twice a week (Luke 18.12) but Jesus teaches that Christians will fast not ritualism, but they have a reason for doing so (Mark 2.20 ).
  9. Authority on the tradition of Saturday: Religious had put so much emphasis on the text of the law that had lost focus, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath" (Mark 4.27) The Sabbath It was that man had the freedom to relax and have fellowship with God, not that everything was forbidden.
  10. Authority to choose his disciples, Mark 3.13-14. Never forget that it is he who chooses his own.


B. Development

The text chosen (Mark 4.4 to 12) we can see that a crowd gathered around him. Reading shows that it had two distinct audiences:

Mainstream audiences with an attitude of "spectators" who did not understand the parables, represented by:
  1. Those along the road and never get around to enter (4.4 and 4.15)
  2. Those on rocky ground, whose faith fails the tests (4.5 and 4.16)
  3. Those among the thorns, those who do not attend to focus single word in its questions (4.7 and 4.18)


A very small audience, composed by disciples and some who were with them who were interested to learn that it was really what the Master had wanted them to say.

Reading it follows that none of the public had understood the teachings of Jesus, the difference between them was the attitude:
to. Most people would not mind not having understood and left
b. The younger group, made disciples and others, imported them know, so they stayed and looked to Jesus about it.
We should also note that each of the attitudes of each group, Jesus corresponded accordingly:


  1. A disinterested crowd: Jesus only spoke to them in parables, and did not explain its meaning to them (Mark 4.33-34) to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah 6.9-10: For "much to see and not perceive; and hearing they may hear and not understand; lest they turn and be forgiven. "
  2. For the disciples, including the Master taught them everything, to the point that in John 15:15 told: "I no longer call you servants, because a servant is not aware of what his master is doing; I have called you friends, for everything that my Father I have given you is known to you ".



3. Conclusions

  1. Those who go to church with an attitude of "Viewers" are those who never cease to learn something, those who eagerly seek the blessings (the loaves and fishes) are those who when asked "What Pastor preached" is They are babbling incoherently.
  2. Instead, those who attend with real hunger for God and "consult" Master at home studying the scriptures are those who enter through the "narrow gate" and remain in the "narrow way".You can have the best teacher in the world in front of you, but if we put the right attitude, we will not get him out.



In the case of the Gospel, do not put the right attitude involves no salvation. It's time to stop going to church only to only receive "blessing" the right thing is going to learn what God says and then put it in play. Do not be like most who still attends every Sunday to social and soothe your guilt. Most comes through the front door and walk along the wide path that leads to destruction.



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