Mark 4:21-25 The Parable Of Light.
Some of Jesus parables were surely so clear that it is hard to imagine the simplest of individuals would not get the import. Of course, no one brings out a lamp and lights it up only to hide it under a basket or bed (v. 21). Even so the application here is given, Jesus is lighting up the revelation of the Scriptures to his testimony of being that light by which we see light (Ps. 36:9). Biblically speaking a mystery, such as the gospel of the kingdom, is simply a secret revealed in God’s own time, and for his own sovereign will and purpose (v. 22). This is what we need to hear (v. 23). Only those who so hear with the intent to understand and obey, will be given more to hear and understand (v. 24). “For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him” (v. 25). So the warning here is that there are those, like the apostate religious leadership of Jesus’ day, who think they have, but end up not having anything. Only those who humbly admit their need for God to enable them to hear and understand will arrive at what they seek, for “the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom” (Ps. 111:10; Pr. 9:10).