Mark 4:21-25

People put a light in a high place

21 Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Nobody brings a lamp into a house and puts it under a pot or under a bed. You do not do that. You put it up on a high place. 22 God hides some things now. But there will be a time when people will see them. God keeps some things secret now. But there will be a time when people will understand those things.’ 23 Then Jesus said, ‘You have ears, so listen well to what I say.’

4:21At that time, people burned oil in a small bowl which they called a lamp. They put the lamp up on a high place so that people could see. God's good news is like the light from a lamp. We should not hide it.

24 Jesus then said, ‘Think carefully about the things that you hear. God will give to you in the same way that you give to other people. And you will receive even more. 25 A person who has received some things will receive more things. Some other people have nothing. They will lose even the little bit that they do have.’

4:25Jesus is telling his disciples about how to listen to him. They should listen carefully so that they will be able to understand his message more and more. Then God can teach them even more things. Some people think that they know God. But they do not really understand and they do not obey him. So God will take away those things from their minds.