Mark 7:5 Teaching Moment

Mark 7:5 (KJV)
Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?

The tenor of Jesus ‘ response tells me that the question asked of Him was not sincere. They weren’t looking for an answer; they were looking for something to accuse Christ of. What I notice is that Jesus turned the would-be attack into a teaching moment. When He got His disciples together later, they honestly asked and He legitimately answered the meaning of His conversation with the Pharisees and scribes.

That’s a good lesson to learn from. Given the climate of our day toward Christianity, it seems obvious that any Christian who serves the Lord will attract some negative attention. Someone isn’t going to like what we are doing. Those moments of negative attention do not have to be negative moments. The trying of our faith will be beneficial for us. The Bible assures us of this. How we respond during the trial can be a teaching moment and beneficial to others if we make it so.

Don’t react negatively to negative attention. Use the opportunity to grow in faith and to teach those who ask you about it.


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Mark 7:5 Teaching Moment

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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