The Parable of the Soils
Passage: Mark 4:1–4:20
"For Mark, the parables of Jesus both reveal and conceal. For those who have ears to hear, they convey the good news of God's kingdom; for those who refuse to listen, their message is obscure. The parables are in some ways similar to crossword clues, making sense to those who are prepared to accept their challenge" —Marna D. Hooker, "Mark's Parables of the Kingdom" in The Challenge of Jesus' Parables, 88.