What does the Parable of the Lamp Hidden Under the Bowl Really Mean?

Working on Mark 4 this week, here are some thoughst that unfortunately won't make it into the sermon!

21 And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? 22 For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Earlier in Mark 4, Jesus has just informed the disciples that they are being let in on the “secret of the Kingdom”, i.e. the secret that Jesus is the Son of God who will secure salvation through his death and resurrection.

This is a secret which is veiled to the outsiders – however, it is not to veiled for long.

After His death, resurrection and ascension – the Holy Spirit will be poured out and they will be commissioned to reveal that which has been hidden, and bring to light which has been a secret.”

Hence, the apostles and the writers of the NT letters, declare with complete clarity and conviction that Jesus is the Son of God who was crucified for our sins.

Jesus is showing us that our lives are to be lived in the light – the truth.

He then reminds us of our responsibility —

24 And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. 25 For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

There are echoes of the parable of the talents here – he seems to be speaking of stewardship.

It is a reminder – those who have received Christ have only received the first-fruits and that there is more to come.

There is also a warning – that those who have not received Christ, will lose what they do have – their life!

To reject Christ, while desperately clinging to this life, is to exchange an unlimited power source for a battery that’s quickly running out.