Other Accounts of What You Read in Mark 4
Understanding the Scriptures
|Sower (vv. 3, 14)||Someone who plants seeds (to sow means “to plant”)|
|Way side (v. 4)||Hard ground that has been walked on (such as a path or road)|
|Fowls (vv. 4, 32)||Birds|
|Deceitfulness (v. 19)||Misleading, lying|
|Lusts of (v. 19)||Longing for bodily or evil desires|
|Bushel (v. 21)||Large basket|
|Abroad (v. 22)||Known|
|What measure ye mete (v. 24)||The way you measure, or judge, the things you are given|
|Measured (v. 24)||Given|
|Sickle (v. 29)||Curved knife to cut stalks of grain|
|Expounded (v. 34)||Explained the meaning of|
|Hinder (v. 38)||Rear, back part|
|Rebuked (v. 39)||Commanded to stop|
Studying the Scriptures
Do both activity A and B as you study Mark 4.
Meet the Press
Imagine you have been assigned to speak about the Church to a group of newspaper reporters. Tell which parable from Mark 4 you could use to answer each of the following questions:
What is the future of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
Why does the Church send out so many missionaries?
How do you explain the remarkable growth of the Church, considering that it is fairly new compared to most world religions and started quite small in the frontier United States?
Tell which parable seems to apply to the following statement by President Gordon B. Hinckley: “The Church is growing in a marvelous and wonderful way. … It is spreading over the Earth in a miraculous manner” (in Steve Fidel, “Members Living Abroad Outnumber LDS in U.S.,” Deseret News, 26–27 Feb. 1996, A2).
Answers to Important Questions
There are four questions asked in Mark 4:35–41. The disciples asked the first and the fourth questions; Jesus asked the second and third. No answers were given for any of the questions, but by carefully reading the story and by analyzing what we know about Jesus and His disciples we can think about possible answers.
Write the first question and the answer you think Jesus would give.
Write the second and third questions and answer them as if you were the disciples.
Write your own answer to the fourth question.
What message could this experience have for someone today?