Our scripture this morning is Mark 4:9-11.

And He was saying, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” As soon as He was alone, His followers, along with the twelve, began asking Him about the parables. And He was saying to them, “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables.”

Jesus finished telling the parable of the Sower (Mark 4:1-9). Now He encourages us “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Many in the inner circle of His disciples and followers have questions however. Then Jesus explains the meaning inside the lesson in Mark 4:13-20.

Those who are open to the coming of God’s kingdom will be able to understand the message contained in the parable. They may need additional explanation but they are willing to ask and listen further. To those who oppose Christ these sound like silly folk tales and they are frustrated by their lack of comprehension.

This is lack of understanding is mentioned before in Isaiah 6:9-10: “When they see what I do, they will learn nothing. When they hear what I say, they will not understand.” Jesus came to show us God’s love and teach us to love one another. Those who accept Jesus and His message of salvation will truly hear and act, using the gifts God has given us to share His love with the world.

Heavenly Father, forgive us for being hard headed and hard hearted. Help us to hear, understand, and go in Your name to proclaim the coming of Your kingdom. Amen.

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