Friday, November 21, 2014

SERMON: Just not Biblical

By DAVID BILDERBACK, Special to The Ottawa Herald | 6/21/2013

Mark’s gospel relates many of the parables of Jesus.

In Mark 4, the apostle writes that Jesus began to teach again. Evidently, Jesus had been in the area for some time, drawing a large crowd. Jesus went out into the sea on a boat, likely to keep the eager crowd from pressing on him.

Mark’s gospel relates many of the parables of Jesus.

In Mark 4, the apostle writes that Jesus began to teach again. Evidently, Jesus had been in the area for some time, drawing a large crowd. Jesus went out into the sea on a boat, likely to keep the eager crowd from pressing on him.

In that time, Israel was very much an agricultural economy, and Jesus taught using methods he new the people would understand. He related to the crowd the parable of the sower.

“A farmer went out to sow his seed,” Jesus said. “As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil and came up, grew and produced a crop, thirty, sixty or even a hundred times.

“He who has ears to hear let him hear,” Jesus continued.

When they were alone, the 12 disciples and others with Him asked Jesus about the parables. Jesus told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you.” The secret that was revealed is the kingdom of God had come in Jesus Christ.

Jesus explained the parable, saying the seed is the word of God. Some people hear the word but pay no mind. Others hear the word and receive it with joy but trouble or persecution comes and they fall away. Still others hear the word but the worries of this life and wealth chokes the word out. Others are like the seed that was sown in good soil and they produce a crop.

By the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit believers receive faith. It is only by faith that a person will ever recognize the Son of God in Jesus of Nazareth.

Unfortunately, society today believes you can create the kind of God you desire. This is not the God of the Bible. The belief today is you may live as you please, do as you want and pay scant attention to the Bible — not believe it, not practice it diligently and believe all is well with your soul. That is just not Biblical.

 

David Bilderback is a Greeley resident.

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