Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tuesday Family Devotion - A Story By Jesus

Scripture Reading - Mark 4:26-29

[Jesus] also said, "This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come."

Thought of the Day
Jesus knew that we need help learning about God. To help us he taught in parables, or stories, to help us learn. He often used pictures that the people listening would understand, including farming and fishing. In this parable, we represent the seeds that are planted and left to grow. God has scattered us throughout the world and He will return to gather us together in His kingdom.

Discussion questions
1. Can you learn from stories? What are some other stories that you’ve learned from?

2. How does Jesus telling us stories help us learn?

3. Write a parable of your own about the Kingdom of God.

Dear Jesus,
Thank you for taking the time to teach us in ways that we can understand. Learning about God can make us think about a lot of hard questions, and through your parables you try to answer them. Help guide us today as we continue to learn about you. AMEN.

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