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The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of March 19-25, 2017, is Mark 4:30-34.  Have you ever heard someone describe something technical and think, or even say, “Just speak plainly!”  That is exactly what Jesus is doing in this passage!  Speaking plainly, through a parable.

 

And He said, With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use to illustrate and explain it?  It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all seeds upon the earth; Yet after it is sown, it grows up and becomes the greatest of all garden herbs and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air are able to make nests and dwell in its shade.  With many such parables [Jesus] spoke the Word to them, as they were able to hear and to comprehend and understand.  He did not tell them anything without a parable; but privately to His disciples (those who were peculiarly His own) He explained everything [fully].  (Mark 4:30-34, AMP)

  

What must it have been like, learning that the feet of Jesus?  Being part of the intimate conversations that He had with His disciples?  Through the recordings in the New Testament, we are offered a glimpse of that experience.  Jesus spoke in parables, stories that were easy to understand, yet required meditation, prayer, and reflection to grasp the full teaching.  This week’s passage shows that the kingdom of God may start out small, tiny even, yet will grow to become the largest and greatest of all the seeds planted in the garden.  What a kingdom of which we are a part!  As you meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon this weeks verse, consider your part in God’s kingdom.

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