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Family Opposition (Mark 3:31–5)

Family Opposition (Mark 3:31–5)Mark 3:31–35 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’s Gospel 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). … More McFadyen, Phillip. Open Door on Mark: His Gospel Explored. London: Triangle, 1997. Print.


CherubimGenesis 3:24 Excerpt Winged creatures mentioned occasionally in Scripture (“cherubim” is the plural form of the Hebrew “cherub”). They belong to a supernatural created order along with the seraphim and angels. Some scholars have argued that the term “cherub” had its origin in the karibu (“intercessor”) of Akkadian mythological texts, commonly represented in Mesopotamian art as a griffin (a creature half lion and half eagle) or as a winged human. The sphinx also appears to go back to this concept. The biblical evidence, however, does not seem to support that identification. More Elwell, Walter A., and Philip Wesley Comfort. Tyndale Bible dictionary 2001 : 264. Print. Tyndale Reference Library.

Protect Me and Help Me

Protect Me and Help MeExcerpt In these two verses the psalmist pleads with Yahweh to rescue him from his oppressors, for he has always done what is just and right(verse 121). He calls his enemies my oppressors because they persecute and mistreat him; the same verb oppress is used in verse 122b. In verse 122a the Hebrew verb form translated Be surety by rsvis a legal term describing the action of someone who makes himself responsible for another’s debts; here the term has the general sense of helping. The meaning of the line is well expressed by njv, “Guarantee your servant’s well-being” (also njb); frcl has “Guarantee me that everything will end well.”Be surety for thy servant may also be rendered, for example, “Be my protector and helper” or simply “Protect me and help me.” For thy servant see verse 17a; for the godless see verse 51a. (It is to be noticed that in verses 121–122 there is no reference to God’s law.) More Bratcher, Robert G., and William David Reyburn. A Translator’s Hand…

The Presence of God

The Presence of GodPsalm 139:7 Excerpt God’s manifestation of his spiritual being. Since God is spirit, believers experience him by sensing his invisible presence. God also makes himself known in other ways. He appears in nature, particularly in catastrophic forces—fire, lightning, and earthquake (1 Kgs 19:11–13). He also appears in human form (Gn 1832:22–32). So God, who cannot be seen, has chosen ways to reveal himself. More Elwell, Walter A., and Philip Wesley Comfort. Tyndale Bible dictionary 2001 : 1071. Print. Tyndale Reference Library.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

June 22 What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter John 13:7 God keeps a school for His children here on earth and one of His best teachers is Disappointment. My friend, when you and I reach our Father’s house, we shall look back and see that the sharp-voiced, rough-visaged teacher, Disappointment, was one of the best guides to train us for it. He gave us hard lessons; he often used the rod; he often led us into thorny paths; he sometimes stripped off a load of luxuries; but that only made us travel the freer and the faster on our heavenward way. He sometimes led us down into the valley of the death-shadow; but never did the promises read so sweetly as when spelled out by the eye of faith in that very valley. Nowhere did he lead us so often, or teach us such sacred lessons, as at the cross of Christ. Dear, old, rough-handed teacher! We will build a monument to thee yet, and crown it with garlands, and inscribe on it: Blessed be the memory of Disappointment! Theodore Cuy…

Morning and Evening

Morning, June 22Go To Evening Reading
“He shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory.” —Zechariah 6:13
Christ himself is the builder of his spiritual temple, and he has built it on the mountains of his unchangeable affection, his omnipotent grace, and his infallible truthfulness. But as it was in Solomon’s temple, so in this; the materials need making ready. There are the “Cedars of Lebanon,” but they are not framed for the building; they are not cut down, and shaped, and made into those planks of cedar, whose odoriferous beauty shall make glad the courts of the Lord’s house in Paradise. There are also the rough stones still in the quarry, they must be hewn thence, and squared. All this is Christ’s own work. Each individual believer is being prepared, and polished, and made ready for his place in the temple; but Christ’s own hand performs the preparation-work. Afflictions cannot sanctify, excepting as they are used by him to this end. Our prayers and efforts cannot m…

My Utmost for His Highest

June 22nd The undeviating test For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.Matthew 7:2. This statement is not a haphazard guess, it is an eternal law of God. Whatever judgment you give, it is measured to you again. There is a difference between retaliation and retribution. Jesus says that the basis of life is retribution—“with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” If you have been shrewd in finding out the defects in others, remember that will be exactly the measure given to you. Life serves back in the coin you pay. This law works from God’s throne downwards (cf. Psalm 18:25–26). Romans 2 applies it in a still more definite way, and says that the one who criticizes another is guilty of the very same thing. God looks not only at the act, He looks at the possibility. We do not believe the statements of the Bible to begin with. For instance, do we believe this statement, that the things we criticiz…

Connect the Testaments

June 22: Love and Peace Nehemiah 4:1–5:19; 1 John 4:16–21; Psalm 109:1–15 “You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it finds rest in you.” Augustine’s prayer, spoken so many years ago, is still poignant for us today. It appeals to our created purpose: bringing glory to God. When we’re living outside of that purpose, we try to fill that void through other means. In his first letter, John shows how the love of God and communion with Him ultimately brings a sense of peace and confidence: “We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love and the one who abides in love abides in God and God abides in him. By this love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because just as that one is, so also are we in the world” (1 John 4:16–17). God Himself has addressed the great rift we created between ourselves and Him. Through the sacrifice of His Son, He has made it possible for us to abide with Him and find pea…