Mark 14:1-2 Concerning Satan

Mark 14:1-2 (KJV)
After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death.
But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people.

Would any deny that the work of the chief priests and scribes to put Jesus to death was of the Devil? I therefore draw three conclusions concerning him:

He is religious 
It was the Devil who motivated and moved in the thoughts and actions of these religious leaders. Satan seeks to be like the Most High. He craves worship and attracts others by tempting them with their own chance at deity. He is far from being irreligious. He is rather pan-religious. He cares not what form the religion takes so long as it is not properly directed at the Living God (and, as Cain learned, is therefore directed toward Satan).

He is crafty
Which simply means that he is:

  • Tricky
  • Cunning
  • Deceptive 

The Devil is a liar and the father of lies. The one predictable character of the Devil is that he lies. So good is he at this that, if we do not watch, he would deceive the people of God. 

He is fearful
Perhaps the thing Satan is most fearful of is that people will turn to God. His craft is therefore designed to prevent people from seeing through his lies. He allows for enough truth that the unsuspecting fail to see what is false. He lures them in with: 

  • Just enough goodness 
  • Just enough light[1]
  • Just enough truth

That they fail to see the path leads away from the True and the Living God.


[1]2 Corinthians 11:13-15 (KJV)
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

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Mark 13:7 Press On

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.

Commenting on not being troubled, Gill says it means, “go about your work.” Especially for the preacher, (He was speaking directly to Peter, James, John and Andrew) is this the case. 

“Such things must needs be.” As the plan of God develops those things that are contrary to His plan must be brought to a head. These things may include:

  • The evil of world governments 
  • The rise of false religion 
  • The teaching of false doctrines 
  • The falling away of trusted friends

“Such things must needs be.” Don’t be troubled by it. Yes, it is painful. That is no reason to change the course. Examine yourself. Be sure you are in the faith. Then press on. 

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Mark 12:1-2 Fruit

Mark 12:1-2 (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.

Every time I read this parable, I become infuriated with the husbandmen. 

  • How could they treat their master’s servants this way? 
  • How is it that any man can be so cruel to another? 
  • Did they no know this would end badly for them?

And it seems to me that this is the point of the parable. Jesus said in
Mark 12:9
What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others. 

But there is a second and less obvious lesson. The master of the vineyard has a right to receive of the fruit. He has a reasonable expectation to profit from the production on his property. 

While we get so upset at the wicked husbandmen, do we forget that God has a right to expect fruit from our lives? We may not be guilty of beating, stoning, mistreating or killing the servants of the Lord. It might be we hear them faithfully and encourage them in their duties. Likely we, who would read this, have accepted His Son as our Saviour.  But if we have not born fruit to present to our Master, we have done as wickedly as any of these. 

God has a right to expect fruit from our lives. 

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Mark 11:28-33 Don’t Answer

Mark 11:28-33 (KJV)
And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?
And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.
And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?
But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.
And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

There are some conversations it’s just not worth having. Jesus established by His question that He and the chief priests and scribes could have no meaningful conversation concerning the question they asked of Him. Does it seem rude that He answered them with a question and conditioned further conversation upon their answer? Does it bristle your hair that, when they chose not to answer Him, He chose not to answer them?

The lesson is simple and, I think, two-fold

We should not feel obligated to carry on conversations about fables and foolish questions. 
It’s not reasonable to carry on endless conversations with little profit. It is better to offend one because you won’t speak with them than to offend the same because you have said an inappropriate thing. 

There is no basis for conversation unless both parties understand each other
I understand that a principle in debate is that the one who defines the terms wins the debate. If conversing parties disagree on the definition of terms or on the basis of the conversation, the conversation is fruitless. If there is no agreement set forth for instance, on authority- the subject between Jesus and these people – then the best course of action is to refuse their course of action. (Don’t answer their question.)

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Mark 10:25-27 Impossible

Mark 10:25-27 (KJV)
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?
And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

Here is, it seems to me, the key to successful soul winning. 

When Jesus told the disciples, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” they became astonished, the Bible says, “out of measure.” Soul winning was beyond them. It was 

  • Hopeless, 
  • Useless, 
  • Out of their grasp 

Under these conditions no one could ever be be saved. Except, Jesus reminded them, for God. The salvation of the lost soul is an utter impossibility with men but with God all things are possible. 

God can do all things. And the Christian can have God with him.[1]

  • When man is with us, when it is men upon which we rely, it is hopeless. 
  • But when God is with us, when our hope and help if from Him, all things are possible. 

[1]Matthew 28:18-20 (KJV)
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

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Mark 9:17-19 Jesus First

Mark 9:17-19 (KJV)
And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;
And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.

The faithlessness displayed in this account is in their taking their trouble to Jesus’ disciples in the first place. Jesus uses His people but His people are not the source of power. 

We ought to learn to run to Jesus, and not to the disciples when we are in any way in need. If we were to do that, He might very well send a disciple to our aide. Going to the disciple first will lead only to frustration and undeserved disappointment in them.

As to the disciple who is pressured by others expecting them to work a miracle they cannot; our duty is simple, fasting and prayer. Our faithlessness is demonstrated when we attempt more than that. We must never allow ourselves to believe we are the answer. We only know the One who is the answer.

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Mark 8:3 No Spiritual Value

Mark 8:3 (KJV)
And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far.

Jesus uses the word fasting to describe what would only have been not eating for lack of food. In this case there would have been absolutely no spiritual value attached to the act and none expected of the people. It just was what it was – hunger because they could be nothing else. They wouldn’t eat because there was nothing to eat. 

I see people doing all sorts of acts normally associated with spiritual endeavors:

  • Church attendance
  • Prayer
  • Singing of hymns
  • Etc

But, because of the condition of their heart there is no spiritual value attached to these acts, and none expected. 

Years ago, I read a book on prayer from a well-known Christian author. He claimed that the value of prayer was not that it is communication with Almighty God but that it disciplined the mind to remain calm and focused for certain periods of time. 

He expected no benefit from heaven by prayer. I am sure in his case heaven attached no spiritual value to his prayer. 

Christian practice is more than religious action. It is worship from a heart that is connected to the God of heaven. It does expect a spiritual benefit from the act. And God, I am sure, applies a value to it. 

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Mark 4:2 Bible Preaching

Mark 4:2 (KJV)
And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,

I think we tend to view doctrinal preaching as dry and difficult while we view those preachers who use stories, illustrations and personal accounts as shallow. It seems to me that good preaching, the kind Jesus did, uses stories, illustrations and personal accounts-parables, to teach doctrine. They do not have to be mutually exclusive. 

Doctrine that is dry and difficult is not good preaching or teaching
Even if it is true, if it is delivered with no passion, no fire from heaven, no personal touch from God, it is in error. 

Stories with no substance from Scripture is not good preaching 
It smacks of narcissism. It brings little glory to God and doesn’t really appear to attempt to glorify God. It reminds me of the preacher I once heard brag that, when a missionary viewed his church’s buildings and good attendance and fine furnishings, praised God for what He had done. His response to the missionary was, “God didn’t do anything until I got here.”

Bible preaching is both personal and doctrinal. It preaches the truth straight from the Word of God but it springs from a soul that has been personally touched by this truth. 

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The Feast of Passover and Unleavened Bread

Episode #18 In the Old Jewish faith there was the feast of the Passover and the feast of unleavened bread. They occurred simultaneously, with this distinction;
  • Passover was but one evening.
  • Unleavened Bread continued seven days.
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Mark 14:1 Saved and Sanctified

Mark 14:1 (KJV)
After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death.

In the Old Jewish faith there was the feast of the Passover and the feast of unleavened bread. They occurred simultaneously with this distinction; Passover was but one evening. Unleavened Bread continued seven days.

One has to do with immediate deliverance
The death angel passed over all who had the blood of the lamb on the doorpost. Salvation, deliverance from sin, death and hell, is an immediate action accomplished by God because of Christ’s blood.

The other has to do with daily sanctification
It was after the death angel that Egypt drove out the Jews. They had prepared unleavened bread to sustain them on the first stages of their new life. Christianity is about so much more than salvation. The day to day life of the Christian is to be one of growth progression and deeper holiness.

Just as no Jew could have successfully remained in Egypt once the death angel had passed, no truly born again believer can live peacefully in worldliness. It becomes us to daily separate ourselves from sin.

 

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