WEDNESDAY 22ND FEBRUARY 2017 MORNING
Mark 4:1-9 New International Version (NIV)
The Parable of the Sower
1 Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: 3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”
9 Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
In Verses 14-20 we can read Jesus’ explanation of this parable. The seed is God’s Word. When God’s Word is preached and taught and when people read the Bible they react in a variety of different ways. Sometimes the Word of God does not bear fruit in a person’s life for various reasons. Pray that you and your friends and family will be like the good soil which brings a good harvest. Pray that you will live a life which is pleasing to God as you respond to what you hear in God’s Word.
JUMATANO TAREHE 22 FEBRUARI 2017 ASUBUHI
1 Akaanza kufundisha tena kando ya bahari. Wakamkusanyikia mkutano mkubwa mno, hata yeye akapanda chomboni, akakaa baharini, mkutano wote ulikuwako juu ya nchi kavu kando ya bahari.
2 Akawafundisha mambo mengi kwa mifano, akawaambia katika mafundisho yake,
3 Sikilizeni; Tazama, mpanzi alitoka kwenda kupanda;
4 ikawa alipokuwa akipanda, mbegu nyingine ilianguka kando ya njia, wakaja ndege wakaila.
5 Nyingine ikaanguka penye mwamba, pasipokuwa na udongo mwingi; mara ikaota kwa kuwa na udongo haba;
6 hata jua lilipozuka iliungua, na kwa kuwa haina mizizi ikanyauka.
7 Nyingine ikaanguka penye miiba; ile miiba ikamea ikaisonga, isizae matunda.
8 Nyingine zikaanguka penye udongo ulio mzuri, zikazaa matunda, zikimea na kukua, na kuzaa, moja thelathini, moja sitini, na moja mia.
9 Akasema, Aliye na masikio ya kusikilia, na asikie.
Katika mistari 14 hadi 20 ya mlango huu tunasoma jinsi Yesu alivyowajuza wanafunzi wake maana ya mfano huu. Mbegu ni Neno la Mungu. Watu wakisikia mahubiri na mafundisho ya Neno la Mungu na kusoma Biblia wanapokea kwa njia tofauti. Si wote ambao wanapokea vizuri kwa sababu mbalimbali. Lakini wengine wanazaa matunda. Tuombe sisi na familia na marafiki zetu sote tuwe kama udongo yenye rotuba inayoleta mavuno mazuri. Tuweze kupokea Neno la Mungu na kulitendea kazi ili tuzae matunda na kuishi maisha yanayompendeza Mungu.