And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.”
I like this verse.
I wrote it down and then read some commentary by theological scholars.
Now as I was reading their commentaries my first thought was “Gee, they should call these guys Biblical lawyers or theological engineers.”
Because just like most lawyers and engineers they take simplicity and complicate the crap out of it. So if you trust in them and buy into their “expertise” they become the authoritarian figure.
But after reading and rereading the two to four paragraph commentaries about this thirty word verse, I did agree with what these “experts” were saying.
Basically they were saying Christ is telling his disciples to listen to his words, go and preach these words and you will receive a reward.
I liked John Gill’s commentary on this verse:
“Here it seems to intimate that if the disciples carefully hearkened to what they heard from Christ and studiously labored to understand it and faithfully dispensed it to others, in return, a large measure, and greater degree of spiritual knowledge, would be bestowed upon them.”
Very eloquent but a bit long winded.
I think what he is saying is that if you want to really learn and understand something try teaching it to someone else.
I like that he spells out the reward as spiritual knowledge. This is based on putting verse 24 in context with verse 25 which reads:
“For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”
Now here is my take on Mark 4:24.
When I read it I focused on these words: “with the measure you see, it will be measured to you”.
I immediately think of Matthew 7:1.
Judge not, that you not be judged.
Watch how you measure others because that’s how they will measure you.
Maybe I can combine that with Mr. Gill’s commentary and say pay attention to your own spirituality and how you interact with others on a spiritual level.
Don’t interact on a superfluous physical level. Don’t judge by looks, size or sound which is very difficult not to do in this day and age. Mass media is putting “perfect” people in our face all the time, at least it’s someone’s idea of “perfect”, maybe Satan’s.
The more you interact with the world on an honest spiritual level the more you will be rewarded with greater knowledge and insight into what life, eternal life as given to us by God and Christ is all about.
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