Jesus and the Crowds
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Jesus and the Crowds

Mark 4:1-20  (ID: 3002)

Jesus drew huge crowds. Instead of telling them what they wanted to hear, though, He spoke to them in veiled, indirect parables seemingly designed to confuse. Why? As Alistair Begg explains, the parables served as a “filtration system,” sifting out those who recognized the Word of God from those who do not. Jesus’ parable of the sower, then, presents us with a question: Will we be sifted out too? Or will the Word of God take root in us, producing a lasting transformation?

The Parable of the Sower

1Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land.

Copyright © 2019, Alistair Begg. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.