January 30 – Chronological Gospels
“Come, follow me.” — Jesus (Matthew 4:19)
We are starting the new year off right by following Jesus through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, wrapping up on Easter on April 1st. We’ll be hopping around the four gospels for a chronological perspective of Jesus’ life on earth. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
The Parable of the Sower
Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: 3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”
9 Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
10 When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. 11 He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables 12 so that,
“‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving,
Who’s In Control? | Dyea Rowland
Mark 4:17, 38
If you recall from Mark 3, we know that this has been a long day for Jesus. From the large crowds, his family coming against him making accusations that he was crazy, till now with the continuous teachings to his disciples. We can only imagine how exhausted Jesus was — emotionally, mentally, physically and even spiritually. When it was time to rest, Jesus, sending away the multitude, went to rest. But a trial came — the storm, the first trial for the disciples, and just as Jesus spoke in his parable (vs. 17), the disciples were offended. They said to him, don’t you care? Yet, Jesus was in control the entire time.
I am quick to step outside of You when a trial comes. I’ve seen Your goodness, Your provisions, Your answered prayers. Yet I become offended when trials come, whether in disobedience or obedience. I think don’t You care, knowing You’re in control the entire time. My faith has been shaky lately, but with Your help on being intentional, it’s growing strong again. I know You’re in control, even when those storms come, or seem never to calm.
Father, thank You for Your love, and thank You for Your patience. Though probably exhausted with me, and holding my hand through every little thing, You never give up on me. In Jesus’ name…Amen.
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