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Archive for April, 2012

Provisions

In Mark 8:1-10 we find another account of a miraculous feeding.  Let’s examine this report for Christ’s wisdom and mercy.

In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat, he called his disciples to him and said to them, 2 “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. 3 And if I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way. And some of them have come from far away.” 4 And his disciples answered him, “How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolate place?” 5 And he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.” 6 And he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and they set them before the crowd. 7 And they had a few small fish. And having blessed them, he said that these also should be set before them. 8 And they ate and were satisfied. And they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 9 And there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away. 10 And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha. ~Mark 8:1-10 (more…)

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Improper Speech

In Mark 7:31-37, Jesus continues in a predominantly Gentile area.  He continues to do good to those in need.

Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis.  32 There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk,and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him. ~Mark 7:31-32 (more…)

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Priorities

Jesus had been most widely known and followed throughout Galilee, but, in Mark 7:24-30, Jesus leaves Galilee and retires to a predominantly Gentile place where he was little known. In doing so, he teaches us his own humility and lack of regard for popularity for popularity’s sake. Jesus isn’t afraid to take leave of those who run after him for the sake of those who do not yet know him. The same ought to be said of us. (more…)

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Heart Disease

In Mark 7:14-23, Jesus further explains what he meant in his rebuke towards the Pharisees regarding external traditions.  Directly after his correction about their hand washing rules, he exposes the absurdity of their assumption that these outward regulations make them clean or “undefiled.”  His effort is not only to point at the lack of obligation to follow their rules, but, now, to hone in on the real root causes of their uncleanness. (more…)

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In Mark 7:1-13, the Pharisees and scribes had come quite a long way in order to be with Jesus and his disciples.  These were the religious authorities of the day.

Had they come to learn of him and cordially share a meal with he and his followers in fellowship, their journey would have been quite commendable.  Unfortunately, they came not to invest and befriend, but to police and oppose Jesus.  In their inquiries, they sought not to gain understanding from him, but to oppress and bind him to their own man-made standards. They considered these rules not only legally binding, but also spiritually superior than even the scriptures themselves.  Let’s see how Jesus deals with them. (more…)

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When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored to the shore. 54 And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized him 55 and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well. ~Mark 6:53-56 (more…)

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The disciples have just been taught an object lesson on trust.  They have seen first hand how much the Lord cares for, gives rest to, and feeds people in need.  It’s no accident that directly afterward, Jesus sends them into a situation where they will need to apply what he’s trying to teach them.  (more…)

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