Wednesday, July 29, 2009

How to Hear the Message of the Kingdom

Robert Gundry, from his fantastic Mark commentary, p. 206, commenting on Mk. 4:13-20 (i.e. Jesus' interpretation of the Parable of the Sower):
    In summary, the good hearers [of the message of the Kingdom] welcome the word immediately, so that Satan cannot snatch it away. They welcome it deeply, so that persecution because of it cannot induce them to apostatize. They welcome it exclusively, so that other concerns do not stifle it.
(Emphasis mine).