New Thru 30 – Day 8
Day 8 – Read Mark 1-5
Well…it’s back to reading and I am looking forward to (with some trepidation) all the reading this week. Please continue to pray for our entire Church body as this challenge moves on.
Anyway, regarding today’s reading, here are just a few things I gleaned today.
Mark really captures Jesus’ focused ministry attitude in chapter 2, verses 16-17 “But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?” When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” I thought, well…he told them! 🙂
Another passage I’d never before really thought about was Mark 4 verses 10-13 which says, “Later, when Jesus was alone with the twelve disciples and with the others who were gathered around, they asked him what the parables meant. 11 He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secretof the Kingdom of God. But I use parables for everything I say to outsiders, 12 so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled:
‘When they see what I do,
they will learn nothing.
When they hear what I say,
they will not understand.
Otherwise, they will turn to me
and be forgiven.’”
13 Then Jesus said to them, “If you can’t understand the meaning of this parable, how will you understand all the other parables?”
Jesus was telling his disciples to remember that they were in his inner circle. Many who would hear his message and see his miracles would not know of his back-story and history. I’d just honestly never thought about that before. To think of it from an outsider’s perspective, wow!