This is part of Mark, chapter 4, and I’d like to share it with you.
Jesus was teaching by the sea side, and so many people were there to hear him, that he had to get into a ship, and teach from the water to the people on land.
A portion from THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER:
Mark 4: 5,6 – And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:
But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
Now, Jesus explains the parable, and this is the part that pertains to the above Scriptures:
Mark 4:16,17 – And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.
See that word, “offended”? It is used 29 times in the New Testament, and here are the meanings:
||Parts of Speech
- to put a stumbling block or impediment in the way, upon which another may trip and fall, metaph. to offend
- to entice to sin
- to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey
- to cause to fall away
- to be offended in one, i.e. to see in another what I disapprove of and what hinders me from acknowledging his authority
- to cause one to judge unfavourably or unjustly of another
- since one who stumbles or whose foot gets entangled feels annoyed
- to cause one displeasure at a thing
- to make indignant
- to be displeased, indignant
Are YOU one who has NO ROOT in yourself, and you are offended, or do you wither away, and shrink back, when affliction or persecution happens to you because of your Christianity, your profession of Jesus Christ as Lord of your life? Do you get angry, or do you wither away when people, or one person in particular, makes fun of you, or calls you names, or rejects you? BE CAREFUL, you will fall away into HELL, unless you work to establish that ROOT in yourself, by renewing your mind DAILY, by reading the King James bible, read it EVERY day, think about it during the day, and when bad thoughts arise in your heart, THINK ABOUT the bible’s wisdom and admonition, think about God’s promises, and establish a very good and deep root system for yourself! You don’t want to be one who falls away when persecution arises for the word’s sake!! Be STRONG in the LORD, and in the power of His might! Put on the whole armor of God, and if you don’t know what the whole armor consists of, LEARN IT! Ephesians 6:10-18!
May you submit your thoughts and life to God today, and every day from now on. Pray for me, and for one another.