What you get:
- Atlas of 27 hi res maps that track with stories in Mark
- Over 170 discussion questions WITH answers
- Tips for teaching Mark in a Bible study
Sample map in the Mark Leaders Guide & Atlas
Jesus told stories
Jesus told a lot of parables, which are fictional stories with a spiritual message embedded in them. He lived and ministered in Galilee, a farming community that is still the breadbasket of modern Israel. A first-century Jewish historian, Josephus, said the soil was so rich that anyone could grow crops there.
Many of Jesus parables drew from everyday scenes in life, especially the life of common folks such as farmers.
Parable of the seed planter
“I want you to hear this. A farmer went out to plant some seeds. As he threw the seeds in the air to scatter them onto the field, some seeds fell on the hard-packed path that people walk on. Birds swooped down and scooped them up.
Some seeds fell on rocky ground, where there wasn’t much dirt. The seeds sprang up quickly. But the sun scorched the plant because it didn’t have a good root system for drawing moisture. So the plant withered away and died.
Other seeds fell into briar patches. Thorns grew up around them and choked them to death. Those seeds didn’t produce any grain. Some of the seed, however, fell into good dirt. Those seeds grew, sprouted, and produced 30, 60, and even 100 times more than was planted.” Then Jesus told the people, “If you’ve got ears, you need to be hearing what I’m saying” (Mark 4:3-9).
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