Then, he began to teach by the seashore ( Mark 4: 1).
He did this so that the place where the teaching took place might indicate that the listeners were bitter and fickle.1 Therefore, he speaks to them in parables so that they might seek what they did not understand and that, through the apostles whom they despised,2 they might learn the mystery of the kingdom which they themselves did not possess.3
The image of a yield of 30-, 60-, and 100-fold represents the Law, Prophecy and the Gospel (cf. Mark 4:8). In this way, in the mouth of the three witnesses, namely Moses and Elijah, and Jesus, the mystery of the kingdom revealed on the mountain is confirmed.4____________________
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Publication information: Book title: The First Commentary on Mark:An Annotated Translation. Contributors: Michael Cahill - Translator, Michael Cahill - Editor. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1998. Page number: 49.