Hard To Swallow

The problem seems so obvious doesn’t it? The gnat and the camel are of such different proportions, who could not tell which was the more challenging to swallow? Trouble was, they were blind. They could not see the obvious.

 

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Mark 13:7 How Is It Possible Not To Be Troubled?

Mark 13:7 (KJV)
And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Faith is not just what we believe but whom we trust.  Jesus said we should not be troubled by wars and rumors of wars. He goes on to describe all sorts of otherwise troubling things;

  • Nations rising against nations
  • Earthquakes, famines and troubles
  • Believers delivered to judgment and beatings
  • Brother betraying brother to death
  • Children rising up against parents
  • Hated of all men for Christ’s sake

How is it possible not to be troubled? Only through faith. Only by trusting Jesus and the plan of our Heavenly Father.

Life is filled with challenging and troubling things. The Bible tells us this will get exponentially worse as we draw closer to the last days. The only way for a Christian to not lose heart is to not lose faith. I don’t mean to keep believing. I mean to keep trusting and to lean ever more heavily upon the promises of the Word of God.

This is the thing I think Satan is robbing us of today. Modern thinking about the Bible; those who question it, challenge old fashioned fundamental preaching and explore the ideas of more progressive thinkers or non Christian religions only loosen their resolve in the promises of God.

In times of relative ease we may get away with that. When trouble comes, it will be devastating to have lost faith in the Word.

 

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Mark 12:1-3 When Destruction Comes

Mark 12:1-3 (KJV)
And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.
And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.
And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty.

Jesus seemed to increasingly use parables the closer it came to His crucifixion. It is as if He were preparing us for the mysterious nature of post resurrection faith.

The lessons that may be drawn from this parable are many but my focus is in the grace it represents. What grace the owner showed. Sure, in the end he destroyed the husbandmen but he did not do it quickly. The fact that he destroyed them tells us of his ability. He could have done this at any time. He did not. Again and again he sent servants. Again and again they were mistreated or killed. Again and again mercy was bestowed upon them.

Do not think to be sorry for these husbandmen. I cannot imagine what destruction might have been theirs but:

  • It did not come quickly
  • They must have been smitten in conscience and
  • They were given ample opportunities to repent

When destruction from the Lord comes, it always seems like it comes suddenly and without warning. Not so. Grace has been extended. In some cases grace has been so free for such a long time we cannot recall when it began.

When Christ returns it will seem as if it catches people by surprise. That is true only for those who have refused to listen.

When death and hell are delivered into the Lake of Fire and brimstone it will occur in but a moment. Never forget that there have been thousands of years of grace that “whosoever will” could have received, but instead rejected.

 

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Mark 10:2 The Only Questions That Are Good Questions

Mark 10:2 (KJV)
And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.

Sometimes you just can’t win.

The Pharisees asked this question of Jesus, the Bible specifically says, “tempting Him.”

They didn’t really want an answer and really, they would have been upset at any answer He gave.

Later a young man will ask Him a question and leave sorrowful because Jesus’ answer wasn’t one he intended to follow.

The only questions that are good questions are those that are asked in a teachable spirit. Questions meant to challenge will almost always end badly.

But I note that Jesus answered the questions anyway. They are not to be ignored or avoided. The teacher answers questions and lets the responses be what they are.

 

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Mark 9:49-50 Salt Is Good

Mark 9:49-50 (KJV)
For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.
Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.

The value of salt in the ancient world is well known. They used it as a trading commodity as well as a preservative for their food and a cleansing agent for their wounds. Salt was also added to their sacrifices and was used in their covenants.

In this instance the employment of salt seems to be about its savor as well as its cleansing. The purpose of this salt however, was not that we might apply it to others but to ourselves. When Christians are pure, unspoiled and of a good nature we have the ability to peacefully draw others toward that which is pure and good and right. When we, on the other hand, try to apply the salt on others we almost certainly cause a break in the peace.

It reminds me of Peter’s counsel to the wives of unbelieving men. 1Peter 3:1-4
Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

Focus on growing in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and we will more likely evangelize in a peaceful and profitable manner.

 

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Mark 9:49-50 Salt Is Good

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Mark 8:19-20 Equal Proportions and Fair Rewards

Mark 8:19-20 (KJV)
When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve.
And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven.

Right away I notice that, while Jesus gave a miraculous increase both times, there is:

  • Not an equal need
  • Not an equal offering and
  • Not an equal reward

He fed five thousand men with five loaves and had twelve baskets left over.
He fed four thousand men with seven loaves and had seven baskets left over.

The blessings of God are not about equal proportions and fair rewards. We do what we can. We do all that we can. God will then do more than enough.

One time we have a little less (five loaves).
We are not expected to scrounge around and dig up more just because the need is greater. Another time we will have a little more (seven loaves). We are not to hold back some just because we know God can supply for others without it.

One experience does not necessarily establish precedent for the next.
Having a return of twelve after an offering of five doesn’t promise a return greater than twelve with an offering greater than five.

Ours is a faith of obedience and trust.
We obey the Lord with what we have and trust Him to use all things well.

 

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My Case Is Handled

The thing about religion (and for that matter, law in general) it operates from the position of guilt. It assumes the guilt of the individual and acts accordingly. Every new rule it creates, every function it performs, is built upon the presupposition that its adherents are guilty.

 

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Mark 7:11 Placing Profit Above Truth

Mark 7:11 (KJV)
But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.

The Jews had developed a system that, for the profit or good of the system, would ignore the plain teaching of the Bible. Something similar happens in churches today. We see a teaching in the Scriptures but recognize that, in order to hold it, we sacrifice potential followers. Reason suggests that we must misunderstand the Bible and some excuse is made so that the Scriptures may be violated.

Some see the ordaining of women this way
The excuse I hear most often is that Paul was a member of a chauvinist culture. We should not be held to that standard.

Some do this with divorced men in the pulpit
Since no man is perfectly blameless, they would suggest, but we still have men in the pulpit, then to require pastors to be the husband of one wife is hypocritical.

Some do this with the ordinances
To require a strict baptism or closed communion is to exclude some otherwise wonderful people from church membership. Churches have come up with various rationale for ignoring this.

The same can be said of:

  • The numerous denominations
  • The variety of Bible versions
  • The inclusion of worldly music into church practice

In every case these have happened as a result of making church profit the priority over the authority of Scripture. In every case these contribute to the modern spirit that makes the Word of God of none effect.

 

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Mark 6:2-5 What Wisdom Is This?

Mark 6:2-5 (KJV)
And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.

The people who heard Jesus were astonished and ask among themselves, “What wisdom is this…?

The wisdom was a teaching one.
He was in the synagogue teaching. It wasn’t a business wisdom or a economic wisdom. This was the sort of wisdom that could be passed down.

They called this wisdom a mighty work
Though He heals a few at the end of this passage that does not seem to be the work He was most motivated to do. His mighty work was a teaching work.

They were offended at it
Christians, who have received the wisdom from above, may expect that those who are worldly will:

  • Not understand our wisdom
  • Not agree with our wisdom and will
  • Become offended at it. It is foolishness to them.

It is still the wisdom this world most desperately needs.

 

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Mark 5:30-33 It’s Personal

Mark 5:30-33 (KJV)
And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.

This was just between Jesus and the woman. Oh, other’s heard and saw the interaction, but only Jesus and this woman knew what was done in her.

The same can be said of genuine salvation. It is always only between the Lord and the one who is saved.

  • Others can witness the moment a sinner calls upon the Saviour.
  • They might testify of a change in life in the one professing salvation.

But the spirit bears witness with only our spirit that we are saved.

 

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Mark 5:30-33 It’s Personal

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