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Thursday, March 31 2016
Mark 4: The Earthy Parables
"And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the Word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred"
"Earthy" is defined as "Not far removed from, or suggestive of, nature; Consisting of, or resembling, Earth" (The WordWeb Dictionary from Princeton University).
Humans were created from the Earth (see The Thinker From The Soil and Adam and Adamah). So too, humans eventually return to the Earth, to await their resurrection (see The Postponement Of Death and Life From The Dust - Past And Future).
The Messiah often used "Earthy" parables (see What Does Earth Mean?), not merely to explain the parable (see the Fact Finder question below), but also to remind those who were listening that they were of the Earth. Like houses that are made from the plants (e.g. wood from trees) and minerals (from which cement and bricks are made) of the Earth, humans themselves live in "tabernacles" made and sustained from the plants and minerals of the Earth (see The Biology Of The Resurrection).
The parable of the sower:
"4:1 And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land. 4:2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine, 4:3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: 4:4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. 4:5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: 4:6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 4:7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 4:8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
The parables of the Messiah were spoken - and then explained to those who could, and would, listen (see the Fact Finder question below).
"4:13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
A candle that is covered with a light-blocking shroud not only fails to shine outward, it dies from blocking light-giving oxygen from getting in - it is snuffed out. So too, the Holy Spirit must openly shine from those who have it - or it will be cut off, along with the one who failed to use it (see Why Can't Light Be Hidden?).
"4:21 And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? 4:22 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. 4:23 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
Physical laws and spiritual laws are based upon the same Holy Spirit of Creation (see The Spirit Of Creation). It's the reason too that salvation is described as a harvest (see The Harvests Of Salvation and Let Both Grow Together Until The Harvest).
"4:26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; 4:27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. 4:28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.
The Kingdom of God will be everywhere on Earth (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?). There will be no place for man's rebellious kingdoms of war and strife (see The Patriotism Prophecy and The First And Last Nation).
"4:30 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? 4:31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: 4:32 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.
The Messiah, as the LORD God (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) incarnate, had the Holy Spirit far greater than any other human - but, during His human lifetime, far less than all of the other children of God will have when they are truly "born again" (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?).
"4:35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 4:36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. 4:37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 4:38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
Fact Finder: What is a "parable"? Why did the Messiah use parables?
This Day In History, March 31
307: After divorcing Minervina, Roman Emperor Constantine (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) married Fausta, the daughter of the former Roman Emperor Maximian.
627: Muhammad, the inventor of the Islamic religion (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad), survived a siege of 27 days at Medina (Saudi Arabia) by Meccan forces under Abu Sufyan. Known as the Battle of the Trench.
1492: In the same year that they employed Christopher Columbus to explore the "new world" (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy a map of the four voyages of Columbus) King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain (their youngest daughter, Catherine of Aragon was the first wife of King Henry VIII of England; their divorce eventually resulted in Henry breaking away from the Church of Rome and creating his own Church of England) began enforcing their Edict of Expulsion. All Jews in Spain who would not accept immediate conversion to Roman Catholicism were to be physically put out of the country. About 100,000 trudged across the frontier into Portugal, where they were in turn expelled 4 years later; 50,000 went across the straits into North Africa, or by ship to Turkey. About 50,000 chose to become Catholics and remain, including the senior rabbi and most of the leading families. By the end of July, the expulsion of those who would not convert was an accomplished fact. The destruction of Spanish Jewry is considered by some to be the most momentous event in Jewish history since the mid-second century A.D.
1854: The Treaty of Kanagawa was signed between the U.S. and Japan. Signed under an offshore show of threatening U.S. naval force commanded by Admiral William Perry, it opened Japan-U.S. trade.
1866: Spanish naval forced bombed the harbor of Valparaíso, Chile.
1889: The Eiffel Tower in Paris was officially opened to the public.
1903: Richard Pearse, a New Zealand farmer and inventor, achieved a powered flight in an aircraft that he built. Despite the popular propaganda that has dishonestly ignored and denied them, Pearse was among a number of true aircraft pioneers around the world (including Gustave Whitehead of Germany, Alexander Fyodorovich Mozhayskiy of Russia and Clement Ader of France - the French word "aviation" itself was named after Ader's aircraft) who flew a heavier-than-air vehicle long before the Wright Brothers in the U.S.
1909: Construction of RMS Titanic began at the Harland and Wolff shipyards in Belfast. The "unsinkable" ocean liner sank on its first voyage, less than three hours after scraping an iceberg in the North Atlantic.
1909: Serbia submitted to Austrian control over Bosnia and Herzegovina.
1917: The U.S. purchased some of the Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25 million.
1939: All fighting ceased in the three year Spanish Civil War, completing a victory by Fascist forces, who were assisted by German pilots, more than 50,000 Italian troops and other pro-Fascist volunteers against Spanish republicans. The Second World War began a few months later, in September, when Germany invaded Poland.
1949: The British colony of Newfoundland joined Canada as the 10th province.
1949: Winston Churchill said that the atomic bomb was the only thing that kept the Soviet Union from taking over Europe.
1954: The Soviet Union offered to join NATO.
1966: The Soviet Union launched Luna 10. It became the first space vehicle to orbit the Moon.
1971: Lt. William Calley was sentenced to life imprisonment (later reduced to 20 years, of which he actually served almost nothing before being quietly released) for the My-Lai massacre of 500 women and children in Vietnam.
1979: The military relationship between Britain and Malta ended after 181 years with the departure of the destroyer HMS London from Valetta Harbor.
1991: The Warsaw Pact formally ceased to exist.