Sunday Preview for February 3, 2019

A King and a Fool - but which is which?

A King and a Fool - but which is which?

A court jester - often called "the fool" - appears in many of William Shakespeare's plays.  Shakespeare's fools have more wisdom than the kings that they serve, and they dispense that wisdom subtly through stories, jokes, and mockery that would land any other advisor in the dungeon. 

In the Gospel According to Mark, we find the situation reversed.  Jesus, the King, seems foolish to his "court" (the disciples and crowds who follow him).  King Jesus advises his followers through parables, describing the true nature of his kingdom in ways that only those "with ears to hear" will understand. 

This Sunday's passage, Mark 4:1-9, includes one of the most famous of these stories - "the Parable of the Sower."  We will explore why this parable was so important to Jesus and why it seemed foolish to his hearers.  In the end, we will find hidden in plain sight some tremendous wisdom about Jesus, his kingdom, and ourselves.  Come and worship!