Then Jesus said to them, `People do not bring a light and put it under a basket or under a bed. But they put it on the place for a lamp.
22Everything that is hidden will be seen. Everything that is secret will be known and come out to be seen.
23Everyone who has ears to hear, listen!'
24And Jesus said, `Take care how you listen. How much you give to others is how much will be given to you. You who obey God will get more than you give.
25Anyone who has some will get more. But he who does not have anything, even the little that he has will be taken away from him.'
26And Jesus said, `The kingdom of God is like this. A man sows some seed in the ground.
27Then he goes on just as he did before. He sleeps at night and wakes up in the morning. The seed begins to grow but he doesn't know what makes it grow.
28The ground itself makes the seed grow. First the plant comes up. Then it begins to have seed of its own. After a while the harvest is ready.
29When the harvest is really ready, he cuts it right away because the harvest time has come.'
30And Jesus said, `What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I say it is like?
31It is like this. A mustard seed is the smallest seed that is ever planted in the earth.
32But the plant that grows from that seed is bigger than any other plant. It puts out very big branches. The birds come and live in its branches.'
33Jesus told the people many stories like this. He told them as much of God's words as they were able to understand.
34He did not tell them anything without a story. When he was alone with his disciples, he told them the meaning of the stories.
35In the evening of that day, Jesus said to his disciples, `Let us cross over to the other side of the sea.'
36The disciples left the people and took Jesus away in the boat he was in. Other little boats were with him.
37A very strong wind began to blow. Water came in the boat. It began to fill up with water.
38Jesus was in the back end of the boat, sleeping with his head on a pillow. The disciples woke him up. `Master,' they shouted. `We will die! Do you not care?'
39Then Jesus got up. He said to the wind and the sea, `Stop!' The wind stopped. Then all was quiet.
40Then he said to the disciples, `Why do you fear? Do you not believe in God?'
41The disciples were surprised. They said to each other, `What kind of man is this? Even the wind and the sea obey him.'