Mark 14:72 God’s Grace

Mark 14:72 (KJV)
And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.

Though the chapter ends with tears there is amazing grace throughout it. 

There is the grace that warned the twelve of the coming trial
Sometimes we like to hide our heads in the sand. Oftentimes we ignore warnings of impending danger. Nevertheless, it is always a gracious thing to be warned. 

There is grace in the opportunities to pray
Jesus took Peter and James and John a little farther and gave them three opportunities to pray previous to the trouble. What an amazing blessing that God lets us bring our cares to Him. 

There is grace in not one but three denials
God did not strike Peter down as we might have supposed He would. 

There is grace that Peter was able to think upon all of this, recall what Jesus has said and then weep
This weeping is that of conviction leading to repentance. 

Our God is so gracious. May we: 

  • Accept His grace
  • Think upon His Word
  • Hear His warning and 
  • Repent

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Mark 13:29 Are You Prepared?

Mark 13:29 (KJV)
So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.

I am convinced that the signs Jesus speaks of refer to Daniel’s seventieth week, the Tribulation Period, Jacob’s Trouble. There are no signs that point to the coming of Christ into the clouds to receive the Christians to heaven. That event is prior to the Tribulation. I understand that there is a great deal of discussion and debate over these things today. I think it a shame. But one thing is certain, whether the rapture of the believers or the time of Jacob’s Trouble, it is nigh, even at the doors. 

Are you prepared?

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Mark 12:32-34 Not Far, But Not There

Mark 12:32-34 (KJV)
And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

Because Jesus said this scribe answered Him discreetly, that is “wisely and prudently,” and said he wasn’t far from the kingdom of God, it’s pretty easy to view his answer to Jesus positively. I never read this passage without seeing some arrogance in it. I think the scribe is trying to lord over Jesus. His response seems to me to possess a condescending tone. He presumes to be the teacher over Jesus. 

In this light, the word, discreet, is a more appropriate term than wise or prudent. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary says that it means literally, “separate, reserved, wary, hence discerning.” To be discreet can be dishonest. It hides something. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary goes on to give the following sentence as an example of its use, “It is the discreet man, not the witty, nor the learned, nor the brave, who guides the conversation, and gives measures to society.” The scribe answered discreetly in the sense that he cautiously crafted his Words so that he did not disagree with the obvious truth Jesus gave, but made himself to be the master of it. 

And so Jesus answered with equal discretion. Truly the scribe was not far from the Kingdom of God. Not far, but not there.

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Mark 7:2-3 Fault Finders

Mark 7:2-3 (KJV)
And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.
For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.

Fault finding is one of the most destructive things any person can engage in. It is especially egregious when it is within the church of the living God because it is so harmful to that church. 

To be sure, it is appropriate and right for the people of God to find fault with wrong. 

  • False doctrine concerning Christ
  • Wrong teaching in the plan of salvation 
  • Error in the practice of the ordinances of the church 

It is right to spot these things and take whatever action is appropriate (generally to come out from among them and have no fellowship – find another church). 

Here’s the thing about fault finding, it is generally not about biblical doctrine and practice but about personal traditions and expectations. The complaint isn’t usually over the truth of God’s Word but over habits to which we have grown accustomed and with which we are comfortable, even over those things that are the Word of God. Jesus wasn’t condoning eating with dirty hands. He was saying that doing so wasn’t a spiritual issue. 

Before we take a stand on a thing in which we find fault, we ought to be very careful to see whether it is a biblical thing or a personal tradition thing. 

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Mark 5:25-26 Only Worse

Mark 5:25-26 (KJV)
And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

The physicians of that day, just as in our day, were limited in skills, knowledge, and practice. Despite the physician’s sincere efforts, a patient may express earnest hope, spend countless hours, and invest all of their resources, only in the end, to grow worse.

But the lesson of the passage is in no way intended to dismiss the value of the medical profession. I think the physicians, in this case, serve to represent, among others:

  • Religion
  • Education and
  • Evolutionary science

In every case mankind has invested, hope, time and resources to their advancement and only found themselves to grow worse.

We have the proliferation of religions
Everything from Christian religions, to non-Christian eastern religions, to cult religions and occult religions exist and influence multitudes of people. But are we the better off for them? No. Humanity grows worse.

We have the most educated people in history
The things mankind has been able to do is a true wonderment. We have put men on the moon, cast our voices and then our images through the airwaves, created machines that compute formulae at lightning speeds. But mankind is not better off. A good look at the world tells us we grow worse.

The evolutionary scientist has nearly won the world to his theory of human existence
Despite the fact that the evolutionist: has no proof, disagrees with other evolutionists and makes claims that are fanciful beyond anything recorded in the Bible, but a few Bible believers still cling to the Biblical description of God’s creating the whole of existence in six literal days (and resting on the seventh). Evolution’s core tenant is that mankind has evolved from a lesser life and is evolving into a higher life. But is mankind better for these sentiments? No. We only grow worse.

This woman, in desperation, pushed her way past the throngs of people to reach out to Jesus. And she was healed. The lesson of the passage is that, only in a desperate reach to Christ, will men – and mankind, grow better. 

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Mark 4:14 Sow The Word

Mark 4:14 (KJV)
The sower soweth the word.

How powerful, these words!

Recently, I read a devotional thought based on the parable of the sower. The devotional thought, posted on LinkedIn, urges from this passage that we must carefully sow our seed only in good ground. The writer’s point has to do with things like investments, interests, and agendas. I suppose a case can be made for being careful where we sow, our money, our friendships, our heart, etc. 

But that is not the point of the parable. The point is specific – it is sowing the word, the Word of God. 

And that sower should be careless with his seed. It must go to everyone and anyone, regardless of the return. Of course, we pray for the very best results. We wish souls to be saved. We wish Christ to dwell in them. We wish for conversion to Christ, commitment to Christ and even the call of Christ that they might sow this same Word. But what we wish for is not the main point. The main point is that every soil receives the Word. 

The parable practically destroys the Calvinist’s doctrines concerning election. God does not choose some to be saved and some to be lost. He graciously chooses that all, regardless of race, creed, background or predilection toward faith, have the very same opportunity to hear the Word of God and be saved. 

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Mark 3:9 Jesus’ Priority

Mark 3:9 (KJV)
And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him.

Twice, in the early verses of this chapter, we read that a great multitude followed Jesus. There were people from everywhere: 

  • Galilee 
  • Judaea
  • Jerusalem 
  • Idumaea 
  • Beyond Jordan
  • Tyre and
  • Sidon 

And no wonder. Jesus had healed many, those who had touched Him had been healed of plagues and unclean spirits had been cast out. Selfishly, the great multitudes came, not seeking Jesus or His pleasure, but seeking solutions to their needs. 

It was impractical to think Jesus would touch every one of them. It was not His purpose to heal every one of them. 

So a ship was engaged and Jesus removed from them. Here we see the priority of Jesus; He was more interested in teaching them the Word of God than of healing their diseases. Healing a disease salves a temporary affliction. Preaching the Word intends to solve an eternal condemnation. 

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Mark 2:27 It’s Meant to Bless

Mark 2:27 (KJV)
And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

Seems like religion always puts the thing above the person. The sabbath, and I would suggest all the things of God:

  • The Bible
  • Prayer
  • Church attendance
  • Christian service
  • Witnessing 
  • Baptism
  • The Lord’s Supper

You name it and God gave it to bless man. Religion turns it around and makes these things requirements. They turn them from blessings to duties. They go from bringing happiness to being a burden. 

All of these ought to be kept and observed. There is no blessing in them if they are neglected. But neither is there a blessing in them if they are forced upon a soul. 

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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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