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Searching for Jesus

Searching for Jesus Excerpt ‎The explanation for Jesus’ behavior here rests, I believe, in the genuineness of his incarnation and his growing awareness of who he was. Accepting the Incarnation at face value means that Jesus was genuinely a twelve-year-old. Though fully God, he was also human. Choosing not to avail himself of all the prerogatives of deity, he learned in the same way we do. As a childhe had to learn that two plus two equals four, and as a twelve-year-old he was still learning about every part of life—including faith and relationships. As a twelve-year-old, he did not have the fine-tuned social awareness he would have at age thirty.
‎The point is, he was capable of unknowingly causing his parents distress; but as a sinless being, he was incapable of knowingly doing it. Here, Jesus unknowingly brought anxiety to Joseph and Mary. Moreover, he unintentionally caused his parents to worry because his twelve-year-old mind was totally absorbed with the massive spiritual realiz…

The Man is Cast Out

The Man is Cast Out Excerpt ‎The authorities had earlier asked the man for his view of Jesus. Now they do not appreciate this fuller version of that for which they had asked. They are reduced to abusing the man in terms of their theology that his blindness was caused by sin, a perspective earlier dismissed by Jesus in his conversation with the disciples (cf. vv. 2–3), and they rebuke him for daring to try to teach them his theologicalinsights. For the evangelist this man’s ability to teach the teachers would in all probability be seen as part of the fulfilment of the Scripturethat was cited in 6:45—‘And they shall all be taught by God’ (Isa. 54:13). Finally, they drove him out. ἐκβάλλω, the Greek verb used here, can mean ‘to expel from a group’ and therefore takes on the force of the earlier notion of expulsion from the synagogue in v. 22. The excommunication his parents had feared is precisely the outcome of his witness.
Lincoln, Andrew T. The Gospel According to Saint John. London:…

Family Opposition (Mark 3:31-5)

Family Opposition (Mark 3:31-5)
Excerpt ‎The friends and relatives who appeared in v. 21 now arrive in order to restrain Jesus who, as far as they are concerned, is out of his mind. It is almost as if they want him arrested, so strong is the Greek word used in v. 21. Perhaps they account his madness as due to demon possession. If so they would be in agreement with the scribes.
‎It shocks us to discover that Mary is in such company! We have been brought up on a diet of Luke’sGospel where Mary is afforded more respect. As far as Mark is concerned, she and the family of Jesus have completely misunderstood him and are definitely outside the circle of disciples (v. 31). Those who sit at Jesus’ feet are those willing to learn—the family exclude themselves by remaining outside. Jesus therefore looks to his disciples as his new family (v. 35). …
McFadyen, Phillip. Open Door on Mark: His Gospel Explored. London: Triangle, 1997. Print.

Stars and Lampstands

Stars and Lampstands Excerpt ‎Christ was holding seven stars in His right hand and walking among the seven golden lampstands. The “stars” were the angels or messengers of the churches and the “lampstands” were the seven churches (1:20).
Walvoord, John F. “Revelation.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 933. Print.

When Trouble is Near, God is Near

When Trouble is Near, God is Near Excerpt ‎Supplications with the whole heart are presented only by those who desire God’s salvation, and who love his commandments. Whither should the child go but to his father? Save me from my sins, my corruptions, my temptations, all the [hindrances] in my way, that I may keep thy testimonies. Christians who enjoy health, should not suffer the early hours of the morning to glide away unimproved. Hope in God’s [Word] encourages us to continue in prayer. It is better to take time from sleep, than not to find time for prayer. We have access to God at all hours; and if our first thoughts in the morning are of God, they will help to keep us in his fear all the day long. Make me lively and cheerful. God knows what we need and what is good for us, and will quicken us. If we are employed in God’s service, we need not fear those who try to set themselves as far as they can out of the reach of the convictions and commands of his law. When trouble is near, Go…

Comparisons In Romans

Comparisons In RomansRomans 5:15-21
Excerpt ‎Verses 15–21 contain six comparisons between Adam and the result of his sin and Jesus and the result of his redemptive work. Verses 15 and 17 follow the pattern, “If A, how much more B.”Verse 16 uses the negative form, “A is not like B.”Verses 18, 19, 21 follow the pattern, “Just as A, so also B.”

Mounce, Robert H. Romans. Vol. 27. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995. Print. The New American Commentary.

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From 1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV Translation: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: butGodis faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. NKJV Translation: There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

A Prayer for Guidance

March 4
A Prayer for GuidanceNumbers 3:40–4:49; John 12:20–50; Psalm 5:1–12

When we feel downtrodden, it’s easy to lash out at those around us. Too often, caught in the injustice of our circumstances, we might begin to feel an unhealthy amount of self-justification. It’s difficult to see where the lines of right and wrong fall when anger and hurt overwhelm us.

The psalmist presents an alternative to this: turning to the God of justice for guidance, protection, and insight. Psalm 5 records a heartfelt cry. This cry is directed at the God who acts justly in a world where evil seems to win (something not always easy to comprehend). Before making a judgment, the psalmist says, “I will set forth my case to you and I will watch” (Psa 5:3). Rather than push forward with his own agenda, he calls out for God’s justice because Yahweh is “not a God who desires wickedness” (Psa 5:4).

The psalmist acknowledges God’s sovereignty and love, which is the basis for his confidence: “through the abundance…