This is a sermon about God and God’s goodness. The church should trust the goodness of the Lord! God is good! God is good! God is good all the time!
Mark 4 is about God’s goodness wrapped in first century farming practices. Mark 4 opens with the parable of the farmer slinging seed all over the place. Mark adds an allegorical interpretation of the parable. The interpreter is obsessed with the dirt and the weeds and the thorns and the rocks. He gives four times as much attention to the bad news as he does the good news. About average. Only one verse is given over to the actual theme of the parable: “And these are the seeds sown in the good earth: they who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold, sixtyfold, and a hundredfold.”