Parables: Where does understanding come from? It comes from the Lord. Before there can be “harvest” (Mark 4:29), there needs to be sowing (Mark 4:26). We are not to say, “This one is good soil. Here, there is bad soil.” Following some parables, we have Jesus calming the sea (Mark 4:35-41) – “Be still” (Mark 4:39): This is the Word of the Lord. Where does peace come from? It comes from the Lord. It comes to us through His Word.