The Parable of the Sower (Mark's Gospel)

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  • Created by: Beth K
  • Created on: 03-06-11 12:10

How the problems of discipleship are shown in the Parable of the Sower:

(this takes two approaches to 'the problems of discipleship; 1) is looking at the costs of discipleship e.g having to change attitudes, 2) is looking at the problems within the apostles discipleship, and duty as followers of Jesus)

- In the account the "disciples...asked [Jesus] to explain the parable" for they did not understand what it meant and what Jesus was trying to teach through using it. This story shows that as a follower of Jesus, an individual will encounter times when they do not immediately understand a teaching, a gospel, or even a prayer. A disciple must prepare to be confused at times, and understand that they will not fathom every one of Jesus' teachings; they must have patience and persevere like the disciples did.  

- Jesus said that "others...who are on the outside [meaning: not one of his 12 apostles] hear all things by parables". This causes a problem for disciples because, what if they do not understand the parables, how are they to be taught? Unless a disciple ensures that they understand a parable (e.g going to ask a priest for help in understanding Jesus' teachings) a disciple cannot fully understand Jesus' teachings and his Messianic mission.

- Jesus tells his disciples "you have been given the secret of the Kingdom of God"; however the apostles do not understand this. Jesus informs his disciples on how to enter God's kingdom, he breaks down the parables and explains it's symbolism and significant, yet the…


courtney Howell

This is great help! Thanks

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