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 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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1 Chronicles 3:1 Children Should Be

1 Chronicles 3:1 (KJV)
Now these were the sons of David, which were born unto him in Hebron; the firstborn Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; the second Daniel, of Abigail the Carmelitess:

We have such hopes for our children when they are born. (Or perhaps some have no hopes but only think of themselves in the moment). I doubt many parents look at that sweet baby and contemplate the difficulties that child is almost surely to experience.

Job 14:1
Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.

Just these two verses listing only part of David’s children includes:

A rapist
Amnon forced his half sister and was then murdered by his half brother Absalom.

A rebel
After murdering Amnon for forcing his sister, Absalom grew bitter toward his father and eventually led a rebellion against him. Absalom was killed in a pathetic manner, hanging by his hair in a tree and slain, against his father’s pleading by Joab.

A renegade
Adonijah has never been refused anything so, when his father was near to death, without asking, he presumed to set himself as king. God and David had different plans. Solomon was crowned and when Adonijah contrived a plot to steal the crown from him Solomon, his brother, ordered his execution.

The greatest joy I have had in this life has been raising my children. They continue to this day to bless the soul of their mom and me. But it doesn’t happen by accident and we can’t guarantee them a pain free life (nor have they experienced one.) Children should be:

  • Conceived in a loving home
  • Nurtured in a Christian environment and
  • Taught to give God their victories and their defeats

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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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Common Causes of Error

The first recourse in correcting error is to get people to read the Bible for themselves. We need to get people to put down the books about the Bible and turn off the programs where others teach the Bible and invest some significant time into personally studying the Bible.

 

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2 Kings 25:8-10 Almost Every Judgment Boils Down To This

2 Kings 25:8-10 (KJV)
And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, which is the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, unto Jerusalem:
And he burnt the house of the LORD, and the king’s house, and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great man’s house burnt he with fire.
And all the army of the Chaldees, that were with the captain of the guard, brake down the walls of Jerusalem round about.

It is sobering to think that Jeremiah was in the city all this time leading up to this and had preached to them that, if they would surrender, God would be merciful.

We read this and blame Babylon. We blame Nebuchadnezzar. We blame the armies, the soldiers who wouldn’t just defeat the city but had to destroy it too. But none of this was really their fault. This was Judah’s fault. This was the king’s fault. This was the result of:

  • National pride
  • Spiritual unbelief and a
  • Rebellious heart

We too face our own circumstances of destruction:

  • Emotional destruction
  • Marital destruction
  • Familial destruction

Destruction of:

  • Character
  • Reputation and
  • Health

It’s difficult to pinpoint sometimes exactly why things happen but we almost always blame them on the ones who seem to execute to pain and not on what gave them a way into our lives.

In the deepest sense almost every period of judgment boils down to:

  • Not believing the Word of God
  • Not following the counsel of godly men and
  • Not obeying the lessons of the Bible

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Mark 3:21 Salvation Depends On It

Mark 3:21 (KJV)
And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.

I have a very dear friend who recently became ill. He has always been strong, healthy and ever ready to be a help to others, so when this illness hit him, much against his will, his friends and family immediately begged him to slow down, rest and let someone help him for a change.

This is a noble and wise action toward my friend. It helps me understand what was the heart of the friends of Jesus. They meant well. They wanted His best. But it also demonstrates their lack of faith. They had not yet:

  • come to believe Jesus is who He claimed or
  • come to understand and embrace the reason He came to us

My friend’s health demands he slow down. But that is not His desire. He would rather live full throttle for Christ until he reaches heaven.    This, of course, is not the desire of his friends and family. I do not know to whom I could go for counsel and encouragement if he were gone.

In Jesus’ case it is more than my desire as opposed to His. Salvation for me (and for His friends for that matter) depends on His accomplishing what He came to do even if His friends would rather not let Him pay that price.

When His mother came to believe, she could quietly, though I am sure painfully, witness as Her firstborn child gave His life to take away the sins of the world.

 

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