FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Proper 6B)

(17 June 2018)

Ezekiel 17:22–24; Ps. 1:1-6; 2 Corinthians 5:1–10, 11–17; Mark 4:26–34

Entrance: LSB 790 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Of the Day: LSB 834 O God, O Lord of Heaven and Earth

Offertory: LSB 500 Creator Spirit, by Whose Aid

Distribution: LSB 625 Lord Jesus Christ, Life-Giving Bread;

LSB 742 For Me to Live Is Jesus

Closing: LSB 863 Our Father by Whose Name

The Cross of Christ Is the Tree of Life, Which Bears Abundant Fruit after Its Own Kind

The parables of our Lord convey the mysteries of the kingdom of God to those who are “able to hear it,” that is, “to his own disciples,” who are catechized to fear, love and trust in Him by faith (Mark 4:33–34). He scatters “seed on the ground,” which “sprouts and grows” unto life, even as “he sleeps and rises” (Mark 4:26–27). “On the mountain height of Israel,” He plants a young and tender twig, and it becomes “a noble cedar.” Indeed, His own cross becomes the Tree of Life, under which “every kind of bird” will dwell, and in which “birds of every sort will nest” (Ezek. 17:22–25). His cross is our resting place, even while now in mortal bodies, we “groan, being burdened” (2 Cor. 5:1–4). Yet in faith, we live for God in Christ, who for our sake “died and was raised” (2 Cor. 5:15). We know that, in His resurrected body, “we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Cor. 5:1).

Dr. Martin Luther:

FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST - Mark 4:26–34 (June 17)

“The truth is being proclaimed and is heard, but we are rebuked for it as liars. And though we defend our position most fitly and make it clearer than the sun, we are nonetheless railed at and reviled. It is inevitable that we take abuse and are viewed with glass eyes. Well, if it cannot be otherwise, then let it remain so. This is unavoidable if people view things through painted glass, and I cannot change it. Christ experienced this too. They called Him a rebel. Yes, they called the Master of the house Beelzebub, therefore they will also call us devils.” Luther’s Works 23:241

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Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Third Sunday after Pentecost – Dr. Carl Fickenscher, 6/11/18

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:07, 52.3 MB, 2018-Jun-11)


Lectionary Podcast - Pentecost 4 - Series B - Mark 4:26–34 with Prof. Jeffrey Pulse

Prof. Jeffrey Pulse, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Mark 4:26–34 (SBLGNT)

26 Καὶ ἔλεγεν· Οὕτως ἐστὶν ἡ βασιλεία τοῦ θεοῦ ⸀ὡς ἄνθρωπος βάλῃ τὸν σπόρον ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς

27 καὶ καθεύδῃ καὶ ἐγείρηται νύκτα καὶ ἡμέραν, καὶ ὁ σπόρος ⸀βλαστᾷ καὶ μηκύνηται ὡς οὐκ οἶδεν αὐτός.

28 ⸀αὐτομάτη ἡ γῆ καρποφορεῖ, πρῶτον χόρτον, ⸂εἶτα στάχυν, εἶτα⸃ ⸂πλήρης σῖτον⸃ ἐν τῷ στάχυϊ.

29 ὅταν δὲ ⸀παραδοῖ ὁ καρπός, ⸀εὐθὺς ἀποστέλλει τὸ δρέπανον, ὅτι παρέστηκεν ὁ θερισμός.

30 Καὶ ἔλεγεν· ⸀Πῶς ὁμοιώσωμεν τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ, ἢ ἐν ⸀τίνι ⸂αὐτὴν παραβολῇ θῶμεν⸃;

31 ὡς ⸀κόκκῳ σινάπεως, ὃς ὅταν σπαρῇ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, ⸂μικρότερον ὂν⸃ πάντων τῶν ⸀σπερμάτων τῶν ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς—

32 καὶ ὅταν σπαρῇ, ἀναβαίνει καὶ γίνεται ⸂μεῖζον πάντων τῶν λαχάνων⸃ καὶ ποιεῖ κλάδους μεγάλους, ὥστε δύνασθαι ὑπὸ τὴν σκιὰν αὐτοῦ τὰ πετεινὰ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ κατασκηνοῦν.

33 Καὶ τοιαύταις παραβολαῖς πολλαῖς ἐλάλει αὐτοῖς τὸν λόγον, καθὼς ἠδύναντο ἀκούειν·

34 χωρὶς δὲ παραβολῆς οὐκ ἐλάλει αὐτοῖς, κατʼ ἰδίαν δὲ τοῖς ⸂ἰδίοις μαθηταῖς⸃ ἐπέλυεν πάντα.


Literal Translation

Mark 4:26-34

(26)  And He said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed on the earth,

(27)  and should sleep, and rise night and day; and the seed should sprout and lengthen of itself, as he does not know.

(28)  For of itself the earth bears fruit: first greenery, then an ear, then full grain in the ear.

(29)  And when the fruit yields, immediately he "sends forth the sickle, for the harvest has come."

(30)  And He said, To what shall we compare the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we compare it?

(31)  It is like a grain of mustard, which, when it is sown on the earth, it is lesser than all the seeds of those on the earth.

(32)  And when it is sown, it comes up and becomes greater than all the plants, and produces great branches, so as to enable the birds of the heaven to roost under its shade.

(33)  And with many such parables He spoke the Word to them, even as they were able to hear.

(34)  But He did not speak to them without a parable. And He explained all things to His disciples privately.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.