Jesus continues to teach in parables after the famous Parable of the Sower and Soils. He uses common, everyday items from the household (lamps and measuring baskets) before returning to the farmers’ fields to illustrate the nature of God’s Kingdom.
Jesus is the Lamp that shines in the darkness of this world, illuminating the hearts of everyone. He reveals the truth of who we are and our need for Him, and we respond by doubling down on darkness or by repenting and believing the Good News (Mark 1:15).
The work of God in changing our hearts from hardened soil or weedy, thorny, rocky soil to good, fruit-bearing soil is a mystery to us. We are like the farmer who sows the fields and goes to bed. The seed sprouts, but he doesn’t know when or how. So it is with the work of God in the hearts of people where the Word of God is sown.
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