Mark 4:20-24 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred. 21 And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? 22 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. 23 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. 24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.
The Word of God is called the incorruptible seed that God has given us to produce fruit in our lives. Jesus explained this in the parable of the sower and the seed in Mark 4. The subject of the parable is the Word of God, which is God’s seed, and the object is how it can produce results in our life. All four types of soil mentioned (wayside, stony, one with thorns, and good ground) all had one thing in common, all heard the Word. Jesus also explains to us what our enemy satan is after. Upon our hearing of the Word of God, satan comes immediately to steal the Word of God. All of the pressure he throws at us is designed to stop the Word of God from working in our lives. He comes to steal the Word, to pressure us through persecution and affliction, or to trick us to allow things to enter into our life such as the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, or the lusts of other things to choke the Word.
He is a thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. We have to be wise to his tactics and to what threatens his operations. If we don’t know what the thief is after we could be guarding the wrong thing. I believe he is initially after our ears or our hearing of the Word. It seems like the enemy is using every means and media possible to get into people’s ear to influence what they are hearing.
We can also learn what Jesus thinks is important from observing the unusual frequency of the mention of hearing in one form or another in Mark 4. In verse three through thirty three, hearing, hear, or heard is mentioned fourteen times. It is because the hearing of the Word is how the seed of the Word is planted, germinates, and is watered until it produces fruit. It begins to produce the moment we hear it (Colossians 1:6). Hearing the word of God is essential to so many wonderful things:
1. SAVING FAITH
Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
Rom. 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Acts 14:7 And there they preached the gospel. 8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked: 9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, 10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.
3. BEARING FRUIT
Colossians 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; 6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:
Galatians 3:5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
5. PREVENTING APOSTASY
Hebrews 2:1Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. 2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; 3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
6. CONTINUING IN SOUND DOCTRINE
2 Timothy 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
7. ACQUIRING WISDOM
Proverb 22:17 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.
8. DWELLING SAFELY
Proverb 1:33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.