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 in 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 dish. They called this dish a lamp. They put the lamp in a high place so that people could see. The word of God is like the light from a lamp. We should not hide it. Jesus wants people in every country to be able to listen to the message about him.

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. 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. Then they would be able to understand his message. They must believe the message from God. And then they must do what he says. So they will understand more and more. Some people think that they know about God. But they do not obey him. And so God will take away those things from their minds.