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SEED OF GOD’S WORD AND SOIL OF HUMAN MIND

Mark 4:1-4:20
Key Verse: 4:20

1. What is the setting of this parable? (1) While Jesus taught the crowd many things by parables, what did he say in his teaching? (2-8) Why do you think Jesus taught this parable?

2. When the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables, what did Jesus tell them? (10-11a) How can one know the secret of the kingdom of God? How does Jesus express his disappointment and pained heart toward those on the outside? (11b-12)

3. What did Jesus say about the importance of this parable? (13) In explaining the meaning of this parable, what did Jesus say first? (14, Lk 8:11) Think about the significance of the word.

4. What happens to some people who are like seed along the path? (15) How can one overcome this state? What is the problem of those who are like seed sown on rocky places? (16-17)

5. What do make people become like seed sown among thorns? (18-19) How can one be like seed on good soil? (20)
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