Mark 14:14 The Mark of the First Church

Mark 14:14 (KJV)
And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?

As I understand the Passover, it was to be a family setting, within the individual home. There were provisions made for an extra person if necessary and another provision for the person who was traveling. 

Over the years, circumstances had changed things for the Jews. It came to where it was customary for them to travel to Jerusalem for the Passover. Jesus, rather than dismissing this custom as unbiblical, participated in it. But it seems to me that the issue of Passover being a family event had not changed. 

When Jesus prepared to observe the Passover with His disciples He was, in effect, identifying them as His family. These were the closest living human beings to Him on this earth. I note that His mother and brothers and sisters were not there, just the disciples. He loved His mother and provided for her in His death. But His connection with the disciples was His priority. 

I believe this relationship was the mark of the first church and should be the mark of every church today. We are family. We are closer than blood because we are of the blood of Jesus Christ. We honor, care for, and love our families, but our priority is our body, which is the local church of which Christ made us to be members. 

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Mark 14:14 The Mark of the First Church

1 Samuel 25:25 Her Husband’s Helpmeet

1 Samuel 25:25 (KJV)
Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send.

The biblical account of Abigail seemingly flies in the face of much modern Christian teaching concerning the role of the Christian wife. There are a lot of comments about how Sarah called Abraham lord. Not so many about how Abigail called Nabal a man of Belial. 

The Bible says of her that she was both of good understanding and beautiful countenance. Abigail’s actions, rather than being a dishonor to her husband, were meant to save him, his property, and his reputation when David was anointed King. He claimed to have no indication that David would one day rule. Abigail believed God’s plan for David. 

A wife’s true role is to be her husband’s helpmeet. I believe Abigail attempted to be exactly that. Nabal did not repent, so God took him in death. Abigail lived on in victory. 

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1 Samuel 25:25 Her Husband’s Helpmeet

1 Samuel 24:4 Putting Feet To God’s Promises

1 Samuel 24:4 (KJV)
And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe privily.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown writes, “God had never made any promise of delivering Saul into David’s hand; but, from the general and repeated promises of the kingdom to him, they concluded that the king’s death was to be effected by taking advantage of some such opportunity as the present.”

There was no such promise recorded, at least in the Word of God. It is rather an assumption based upon those things they knew God had promised and then added upon by their own devices. It isn’t that far off what Sarah did when, believing it to be the will of God for Abraham to have a son, and not believing it to be possible that she could give him that son, created her own scheme to force the will of God to be done. 

How often we are guilty of this very sin. We know what God’s Word says yet we cannot see how to reconcile what God promises with what we experience in life. It’s our reconciliation that creates all the trouble. It’s our passion to bring to a conclusion what God has promised through our own efforts. 

David, unlike Abraham, resisted the temptation to “put feet to God’s promise.” He waited on God. As a result, we have the example of what God will do if and when we stay out of His way. 

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1 Samuel 24:4 Putting Feet To God’s Promises

1 Samuel 22:7-8 A Conspiracy

1 Samuel 22:7-8 (KJV)
Then Saul said unto his servants that stood about him, Hear now, ye Benjamites; will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, and make you all captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds;
That all of you have conspired against me, and there is none that sheweth me that my son hath made a league with the son of Jesse, and there is none of you that is sorry for me, or sheweth unto me that my son hath stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?

One of the sorriest states a man can find himself in, is when he sees even his family and friends as having turned against him. Sorrier still is when he begins to view them as enemies. 

David had done nothing but good for Saul. Saul’s feelings of failure were of his own making and, I am sure, were his own to correct. It wasn’t good music or good news that would make the difference in his relationship with God. It certainly wasn’t the likes of Doeg or the assassination of the priests, or the capture and death of David. His only real cure would have been pure repentance. 

It’s a pretty fair sign that a man is on the wrong path when he thinks everyone, even his own family, have conspired against him. More likely they have conspired in an attempt to help him, if he would but receive the help.

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1 Samuel 22:7-8 A Conspiracy

Mark 12:11 The Lord’s Doing

Mark 12:11 (KJV)
This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

To marvel at a thing does not necessarily mean what we think it to means. It is to study, ponder, look upon, and meditate. We generally think of that thing that is marvelous as positive. In the broader sense, it can be something terrible, fearsome, or overwhelming. 

  • That the husbandmen would beat the master’s servants and kill his son is a thing to ponder indeed
  • That the stone the builders rejected becomes the cornerstone is a matter worth study
  • That the Pharisees would seek to lay hold on Jesus is a matter for serious consideration 

And that all of this is the LORD’s doing, that is truly marvelous in our eyes. 

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Mark 12:11 The Lord’s Doing

Mark 11:18 Is That Fear?

Mark 11:18 (KJV)
And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.

What is often thought is anger is really fear. The scribes and chief priests sought to kill Jesus, not because they were angry with Him, but because they feared him.  

The Bible repeatedly says that this is also why Saul wanted to kill David. 

1 Samuel 18: 12 (KJV)
And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul. 

1 Samuel 18: 15 (KJV)
Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him.

1 Samuel 18: 29 (KJV)
And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David’s enemy continually. 

This does not change the consequences, but it does provide some understanding. 

Do the right thing. Do it regardless of the consequences and responses. 

Heavenly reward awaits 

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Mark 11:18 Is That Fear?

1 Samuel 17:51 Their Hero Was Dead

1 Samuel 17:51 (KJV)
Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.

Goliath seemed so big, so fierce, so powerful. 

Israel shuttered at the thought of fighting him.

The Philistines trusted in him, believing they were safe behind his bravado.

The shepherd boy, the father of Jesus, took him on and defeated him without a match. 

And the Philistines fled. 

It matters not how big, and fierce, and powerful the giants of this world appear to be. It is of little concern how loudly they speak or how they puff their chests. The Lamb of God that taketh the away the sin of the world will quickly appear as the Lion of the tribe of Judah. 

Then, all those who believe they are safely hidden, trusting in the wisdom of this world, will flee. 

Once their champion is dead, and he will die, they will flee. 

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1 Samuel 17:51 Their Hero Was Dead

1 Samuel 15:29 Should God Repent

1 Samuel 15:29 (KJV)
And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

And yet He did repent of making Saul King. It says so both in the early part of this chapter and the ending verse. 

It’s a matter of perspective. We tend to think of repentance as some sort of sorrow for what we have done. It is not. It is a change of direction.

God is not sorry that He made Saul to be king. It was the plan of God and necessary for the complete narrative of turning man from sin. 

What God did was a change of direction in the lineage of the royal family of Israel. It passed from Saul to David. When that change was made, God then promised to David that the throne would not depart from the family of David like it had with Saul.[1]

1 Samuel 15:11 (KJV)
It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night.

1 Samuel 15:35 (KJV)
And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.


[1] 2 Samuel 7:12-16 (KJV)
And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.
He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.
I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:
But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.
And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.

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1 Samuel 15:29 Should God Repent

Mark 9:14 They Could Not

Mark 9:14 (KJV)
And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them.

This would have been an incredibly stressful moment for Jesus’s disciples. He had been away on the Mt. of Transfiguration with Peter, James, and John. I do not mean to imply that the others were lesser apostles, but they were not with Jesus. Had they been with Him, this whole affair would not have happened. 

When Jesus arrived, he found His disciples surrounded by a multitude and being questioned by some scribes. Pressure is on boys!

Jesus immediately relieved the pressure by asking the scribes what their questions were. The scribes never did answer. It was the one who had started the whole thing who spoke up, “I have brought my son to thee … I spoke to thy disciples … they could not.” 

Of course, they could not. They were not Jesus. They were merely disciples of Jesus. 

Later Jesus’s disciples asked why they had not been able to cast out the devils. Jesus said, “this kind can come forth by nothing but prayer and fasting.” Never did He say they could have cast it out by prayer and fasting. The fact is, it can only happen when the Lord does it. 

If only we would set aside our confidence in the flesh, stay with Jesus, and let Him do His work!

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Mark 9:14 They Could Not

1 Samuel 12:25 It’s On Us

1 Samuel 12:25 (KJV)
But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king.

This passage, taken together with, 
1 Samuel 12:13-15 (KJV)
Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you.
If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the LORD your God:
But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers.
indicates that the fall of King Saul was as much the responsibility of the people as a whole as it was of Saul himself. Of course, Saul was personally responsible for his decisions, but the congregation of Israel had rejected the Lord by asking for a king. God’s promise was that, if they would pursue the Lord, He would preserve both them and their king. If they continued in wickedness, both they and their king would be consumed.

This seems especially relevant in a country such as the United States, where our government is “by the people, for the people.” I’m not giving our officials a pass. They are responsible for their own actions. But neither do I want to forget how they got where they are. Every man and woman holding high office in the United States of America is there because the American people put them there. Every one of them is a public servant. That means they can only take the nation in the direction that the people of our land allow.

If we are to be consumed, the fault lies squarely upon us.

May God help us!

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1 Samuel 12:25 It’s On Us