Sep 27, 2015
Jesus is the Master Teacher. Often He is praised for His vivid and memorable parables. But what we discover is that Jesus taught in parables to actually hide truth. Parables were a rebuke against spiritual disinterest and opposition.
Let's put Mark 4 in context. John Mark recorded Jesus' claims to deity in chapter two and then in chapter three recorded four responses to those claims. The first response,the response of the crowds, was one of spiritual indifference. The crowd came from all over Israel to be healed and delivered. Jesus' claims and teaching were less important to them than His power to heal and deliver.