Mark 15:19 This Worship Isn’t

Mark 15:19 (KJV)
And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.

The Bible says that after beating and spitting upon our Saviour, the soldiers who had captured Jesus knelt and worshipped Him.

Consider
They were before the correct entity
Jesus Christ is worthy of worship. While it is a sin to worship an idol, it is not a sin to worship Jesus. It is a sin to worship any creature; whether it be animal angels or man, it is a sin to worship them. It is not sin to worship Jesus.

They were at the correct place
The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, an event they were in the midst of, purchases the soul from death and frees us of sin.

They were in the correct posture
Modern Christianity thinks of worship as lifting hands, singing praise songs, and perhaps dancing up and down or swaying side to side. Worship is, in fact, an act of submission and humility. To bow and kneel is the correct posture of worship.

But the context tells us that what these men did was not Christ honoring worship. 

Here’s my point. 
It is possible to worship and not glorify the Lord in it. The example in our text is extreme. Perhaps you don’t know anyone doing anything near as these soldiers did. But worship offered to the correct entity, at the correct place, and in the correct posture still doesn’t glorify the Lord if it lacks humility of soul, obedience to the Word of God, and genuine faith in Him.

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Mark 15:19 This Worship Isn’t

Mark 10:3 What Does the Bible Say?

Mark 10:3 (KJV)
And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you?

The question put before Jesus was a serious one, fraught with emotion and accompanying opinion. It was no tertiary matter. “Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? Notice that they asked the question “tempting Him.” They hoped He would supply an answer that would turn away His followers.[1]

The question was such an important one that His disciples asked the same question. They, of course, were not tempting Him. They just knew this was a matter of serious concern. 

The thing I wish to point out is that Jesus’ first response to the question was, “What did Moses command you?” He took them to the Scriptures. No other answer, in any matter, is appropriate except the Scriptural one. Jesus did not correct the Bible. He corrected their understanding of the Bible. 

  • The Word of God answers every question 
  • The Word of God is always correct but
  • We don’t always understand the Word of God correctly. 

Two things every Christian must have in order to get proper instruction from God:

He must have an understanding of the Word of God. 
In other words, he must read it and study it on his own and fervently. 

He must have the humility to be corrected by his preacher. 
God placed him in our life on purpose. We need what he provides. We can’t assume we are right, and he is wrong. We must allow the man God placed as our shepherd to do his work. 


[1] Jesus’ concern was always truth before God, not who would or would not agree – see John 6.

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Mark 10:3 What Does the Bible Say?

Mark 6:56 Have You Touched Jesus?

Mark 6:56 (KJV)
And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.

Have you touched Jesus?

I think most of the time, we think about that little chorus, Somebody Touched Me.  “It was on a Sunday; somebody touched me. It was on a Tuesday; somebody touched me. It was on a great day somebody touched me. Must have been the hand of the Lord.” 

Most Christians would recognize the “somebody” as Jesus, and we would acknowledge the touch as making us saved. That is a fragile application of the text. First, those who touched Jesus knew exactly who and why they touched Him. Second, it was no accidental touch. They came purposefully to reach out and touch Him.

Did you notice that they may have touched but little of Him, yet He touched all of them? “As many as touched” even the border of His garment were made whole. It seems like we think we have all of Jesus we need, but we sure haven’t been made whole. Unfortunately, too many professing Christians are content to claim assurance of salvation but have little claim to a surrendered life to Christ.

Made whole – completely rid of disease

Made whole. 

  • No more struggle with faith. 
  • No more struggle with who is or isn’t the master of their life. 
  • No more struggle with whether we surrender to the flesh or the Spirit.

I understand that no Christian reaches sinless perfection in this life, but I am also sure that no Christian surrenders to a life of anything less than sinless perfection. I am concerned that many people come into the presence of Jesus, and believe they are where they ought to be spiritually, whether or not they ever touch Him.

Have you touched Jesus?

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Mark 6:56 Have You Touched Jesus?

Mark 3:5 “We” are “They”

Mark 3:5 (KJV)
And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

The Bible says that when Jesus entered the synagogue, “they watched Him.” This chapter does not say who “they” were. Perhaps they were the Pharisees of the previous chapter and the Pharisees who “straightway took counsel with the Herodians.” I think it is significant that the Bible does not actually pinpoint who “they” are.

What I do know is what “they” did.

  • They watched Him
  • They would have accused Him
  • They would not answer Him

It is reasonable to place ourselves into this scene. We have often enough been in the “they” crowd. We, who claim to be Christians:

Often come to services just to watch
We are there. We are faithful. We give our time, talents, and treasures. But in our hearts, we know we’re just watching. We are not moved. We are not changed. We are not surrendered.

Too often we are accusers
Watching as we do, we see. We see those who are not faithful like we are. We see those who did not come to services like we did. We see those who did not give as much of themselves as we believe we did of ourselves. We accuse them sometimes in our comparison of them next to us.

We often answer nothing
Because we’re watching and because we’ve judged ourselves better than many, we see little reason to respond to the Lord. We are seldom to the altar, and if we do come it is to ask for something we want rather than to surrender to Him something God wants.

And Jesus was grieved
The Bible says that Jesus looked around, grew angered and was grieved. At what? At the hardness of their hearts. That thing that is most grievous to God and those who love Him, is the hardness so many demonstrate toward the things that really matter to God.

  • The Word of God and obedience to it
  • The church of God and commitment to it
  • The souls of men and the rescue of it

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Mark 3:5 “We” are “They”

Mark 16:4 When They Looked

Mark 16:4 (KJV)
And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.

All their questions were answered when they looked.  
Any objections, any obstacles were removed simply for the looking. 

Their question was not answered by any man, but by the Lord. They were not yet aware of this truth, but it was the truth. We do not need any of the answers men provide. What we need is that which God provides. 

If they had not gone to look, they might never have known
I see this so often in men and women today. All of their objections concerning 

  • The existence of God
  • The truthfulness of the Scriptures
  • The reality of the Gospel and 
  • The effectiveness of salvation 

would be answered if they would come to look. 

The purpose of the witness for Christ is not to convince the naysayer with our good answers. All we need to do is to urge them to come see for themselves. 

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Mark 16:4 When They Looked

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?

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

Mark 4:18-19 Don’t Get Choked

Mark 4:18-19 (KJV)
And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

These days we live on some pretty thorny ground. It would not be difficult for our spiritual lives to become choked and unfruitful. Notice the three things Jesus warns us against:

  • The cares of this world
  • The deceitfulness of riches
  • The lusts of other things

It’s probably not necessary to expand upon them as, I am sure, the Holy Spirit of God, can impress upon our hearts those ways in which we can fall prey to any one of them. 

I only wish to issue the warning. Don’t let such weeds choke out your life for God.

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Mark 4:18-19 Don’t Get Choked

Mark 2:8 Do It

Mark 2:8 (KJV)
And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?

There was a problem. 

Jesus had done something that was misunderstood by the scribes. Rather, they misunderstood the person of Jesus. 

Jesus, when seeing the crippled man laid on the bed, forgave his sins. It appears to me that He may have stopped there if it had not been for the misunderstanding of the scribes. The man’s spiritual state was of so much greater consequence than his physical state. 

The Bible says than that, “immediately when Jesus perceived.” It is obvious that He perceived their reasoning immediately. He did not need time to consider it. He didn’t not need the rumors of others to confirm it. He knew immediately what they reasoned in their hearts. 

And He addressed it immediately. 

Jesus is so much wiser than are we. It often takes time for us to know how to address a thing. Haste in action often leads to poor reaction. But at the same time, procrastination leads to little good either. 

The lesson for us is diligence. We have a thing to do. Set out to see how to do it. Then do it without delay.

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Mark 2:8 Do It