Mark 13:3-4 A Few More of the Few

Mark 13:3-4 (KJV)
And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,
Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?

Verse one tells us it was all of the disciples who pointed out the magnificence of the Temple, but it was only four of them, Peter, James, John and Andrew who asked privately about His prophecy. 

All of them liked the beauty of their religion. Only a few of them had interest in the truth. 

This same is reflected in our churches still today. The majority of people attend for the good that church does them. Whatever that good is – I think it can be different for different people. These souls have little interest in the more challenging aspects of faith. They have little interest in being alone with the Lord and few others in a private meeting. They are interested in pointing out the value of their faith, but they avoid conversations about the cost of it. 

God, give us a few more of the few. 

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Mark 13:3-4 A Few More of the Few

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Mark 12:43 Public Knowledge

Mark 12:43 (KJV)
And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: 

Jesus watched as the people gave into the treasury of the Temple. But He did more than that. He called His disciples and pointed it out to them too. 

Years ago, I did a campaign to raise money for a project in our church. As a part of the campaign I created a chart which divided our church’s people into “giving units.” It doesn’t seem very classy now, but I was young and following the advice of a pastor of a much larger church. There were some people who were upset. It had never occurred to them that I might know what they gave or didn’t give, to the church. Though I did not give names or numbers, it became obvious to them that I had access to their giving records. They were offended. 

Here we learn that Jesus pays attention to people’s giving and He calls attention of it to His disciples. It is, if you will, public knowledge among them. 

My story was years ago. I haven’t looked at the giving records of the people I pastor in more than twenty years. But the point I think is important is that a person ought to be more concerned that God is watching them give than that any man on earth is. 

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Mark 10:1 Again and Again

Mark 10:1 (KJV)
And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again.

Again and again.

  • The people resort unto Him again and
  • Jesus taught them again

This is the great work of Christian ministry. It is never finished. People must never believe they have heard all the Lord has to say. Men of God must never tire of studying to be ready to teach and preach. 

Again and again. 

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Mark 10:1 Again and Again

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Mark 9:24 Help Thou Mine Unbelief

Mark 9:24 (KJV)
And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

Here is both belief and unbelief in one man. That same contradiction exists in each of us. Some people seem to have a lot or belief, but even in those of great faith there is a measure of doubt, question or unbelief. Some people claim not to believe at all. Outwardly it appears that they are purely atheist. The Bible, and frankly human experience, has convinced me that this is not strictly so. Among the most ardent unbelievers there is a measure of belief, placed there by God. Many times, in extreme circumstances, those so-called atheists have their measure of faith rise to the surface and they too cry out to God. 

I notice that this man says “Lord I believe” in response to the words of Jesus. “It thou canst believe, all things are possible to them that believe.” He has an earnest need, so he says the most natural thing, “Lord I believe.” If I may “embroider”[1] his words a bit, “Of course I believe. Why wouldn’t I believe? If I must believe, then I do believe.” 

But I think maybe he had a second thought. His need was real, earnest, deep, intense. Saying he believed didn’t make it so. Willing himself to believe didn’t make it so. His heart longed for an answer and, in a moment of honesty, he realized saying he believes is not enough. He cried out once again, “Help thou mine unbelief.” 

I wonder if reviving won’t come when we stop talking about how much we believe God and instead get on our faces and ask Him to help our unbelief?


[1] I recently heard someone use this term instead of embellish. I liked it.

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Mark 9:24 Help Thou Mine Unbelief

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Mark 2:6 Just Sitting There

Mark 2:6 (KJV)
But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,

Consider the lack of passion and what it is capable of. 

Jesus was in a house so full of people that multitudes pressed upon the door. It is likely the numbers here aren’t what we imagine. Inside a home, if it was twenty people it would be a lot. Still we would probably call this “standing room only.” As Jesus was preaching these four made a hole in the roof and let down their friend on a bed. This would have been no small distraction in its own right. But then Jesus healed the crippled man. Through all of this, “there were certain scribes sitting there.

The thing is, nothing can stir the heart that will not be stirred toward God:

  • Not a crowd
  • Not a commotion
  • Not a miracle
  • Not even the very presence of God

How we must ask the Lord to soften our hearts for those things that have eternal value. 

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Mark 1:7 Preach the Coming One

Mark 1:7 (KJV)
And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.

There cometh one
This ought to be the subject of every message. 

And preached saying
We aren’t speakers. Our task isn’t to excite, motivate, or even inform. We are to preach the Coming One. 

Mightier than I
Oh, the frailty of the human flesh. We so often worship people, and the worshipped love to have it so. 

I am not worthy
Every preacher must remind this to himself and to his hearers. 

There cometh one
Jesus is coming. He is coming very soon. The signs these days suggest it is sooner than most Christians imagine. 

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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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