The Gospel of Mark | Lamps & Such | Mark 4.21-25 |

by | Dec 3, 2023

“He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? 22 For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.” 24 “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” Mark 4.21-25

Jesus used the most simple of illustrations in communicating his message to the world. In this parable he brings out particular objects such as a lamp and a stand, mentioning a bed and bowl as well. Who doesn’t have a lamp, a stand or table, a bed or a bowl in their houses? It’s almost as if Jesus knew that his words would transcend forever and be read by 21st century believers. (Which they have!)

Jesus takes this simple analogy of when you bring in a lamp to light a room you let it shine rather than hiding it. The purpose of the lamp or light is of course to cast light so we can see. Jesus is wanting the reader to “see” with spiritual eyes. This double meaning, this play on words emphasizes the need for us to see the things of God. Jesus says, whatever is hidden will be disclosed, whatever is concealed will be brought into the light. Our faith, doubts, struggles and hope will be brought into the light of God’s love.

Jesus concludes these thoughts with- “If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.” In other words, if you are willing to listen, then listen. If not, then that’s your choice. But if you want to hear the Word from God, then sit up, take note, consider what Jesus is saying and take it to hear.

Jesus emphasizes this point by reiterating, “Consider carefully what you hear….” For those who hear God’s Word and puts into practice, will see a return and a reward for obedience. This is where he talked about “being measured” and that “whoever has been given some will be given more….” But for those who do not have (faith?), that will be taken from them.”

Those who have faith will receive more faith, those who open hard hearts to his truth will hear, listen and respond and be blessed with the abundant riches of the Kingdom of God– these are spiritual blessings such as wisdom, grace, salvation and love. But those who close their hearts — they will not receive what could have been.

Soon I am on my way to preach to two churches in Zimbabwe, Africa. I am speaking about Wesley’s understanding of grace. I am so honored to do so and excited to bring a word to God’s faithful people. I am also excited to sow seeds, some which will take root today. I believe this Word which will go out will be inspired and directed by God’s Holy Spirit. I am but his vessel, his messenger, his person.

What a blessing it is to have the light of Christ shining in my heart as it does in yours. Count it as the wonderful gift of God that it is, that this day and all those to follow will be lived in the light of his love and grace.

“O Lord, I am blessed. Thank you for using me now. Thank you for your spiritual protection, for Wisdom to go with me, for the angels to shield me, for your Spirit to guide me, for your blood to cover me. Come now, Jesus, let us dwell together and walk in the light of the Father. For you are good and your love endures forever.” Amen