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9/15 Mark 6-8

These three chapters contain many important events in the life of Jesus.  It starts out with two very disappointing events.  The people from Jesus’ hometown reject him and John the  Baptist is killed.  Both are upsetting to Jesus.  Then it goes into the many miracles including the feeding of the 5000, Jesus walking on the water, and the feeding of the 4000.  It is difficult narrowing all this down to just one or two new thoughts, but I’ll try.

You have probably heard the saying garbage in, garbage out.  That mainly pertains to computers, which of course are near and dear to my heart.  Jesus changes that to it’s true meaning.  It’s not what you eat that makes a person unclean.  It’s all the unclean thoughts that resonate in the heart that causes one to be unclean in the sight of God.

14Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. 15Nothing outside a man can make him ‘unclean’ by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him ‘unclean.’ “

17After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. 18“Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him ‘unclean’? 19For it doesn’t go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods “clean.”)

20He went on: “What comes out of a man is what makes him ‘unclean.’ 21For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean.’ “

The other section that comes at the end of chapter 8:

34Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? 37Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 38If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

Are we ever in a situation where we feel uncomfortable about being a Christian?  A situation where we feel that we are the only Christians in the room and it would be best to just try and fit in?  We don’t want to bring attention to the fact that we are Christians.  I guess that’s something to think about, especially in light of this passage.

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September 15, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

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