Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Mark 1-2~Day 15~ Be like the healed guy!

Sorry everyone, about the late posting yesterday. I tried a new method of scheduling the post to release and it didn’t work. Ugh. Anyway, I hope you are keeping up on the reading and are happy about finishing a book in the Bible already!!!
On to Mark!  Boy, he gets right into the miracles Jesus performed in these two chapters!
 He doesn’t feel the need to prove the lineage of Jesus or the background of his birth. Nope, he just gets right to it!  He goes right to proving who Jesus was by listing the supernatural miracles Jesus did.

I love how the accounts very in how they present the gospel. For example, I’m not Jewish so the lineage written in both Matthew and Luke aren’t as important to me as proof of who Jesus is. Mark, they say, is directed to Gentiles, like me.  Hearing how God’s voice from heaven was heard by those who saw him get baptized, hearing of his control over demons, hearing of the immediate healing’s from a fever, leprosy and paralysis… Those things make me think, “Wow, Jesus was and is God!”  

Miracles convince me!! And, about that guy who was healed from leprosy( 1:40-45), I hate to say it, but I’m sure I would have been just like him. As much as I would like to obey Jesus, I would probably be out telling everyone how I was healed!
Now that I’m thinking about it, I have had a lot of things happen in my life that I think are God’s direct miracles for me. I am like that guy! I love to tell the stories of what God has done in my life!
What about you? Are you like the one who was healed? Do you share stories of how God has shown himself in your life? 

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  1. Hi! I love Mark! Especially how it gets right to the action. Question, from the text, can we assume that everyone heard the voice of God or Just Jesus?

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    1. That’s a great question! So, here's my short answer. Haha

      There are times mentioned in the Bible that some hear one thing from heaven and others nearby hear something else.
      For example, when Paul is on the road to Damascus (Acts 9: 1-9), he clearly hears, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”, while the others with him “heard the sound but did not see anyone.” (vs. 7).
      There is also an incredible scene in John 12. In a large crowd, it can be heard, “I have glorified it (God’s name), and I will glorify it again.” (John 12 28) “The crowd that was there and heard it said it thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.” It’s interesting to hear how Jesus responded, “This voice was for your benefit not mine.” (vs. 29)

      Yet, when Peter, James and John were up on the “Mount of Transfiguration” they heard the words of God clearly and became so frightened they dropped to the ground (Matt. 17:5).

      In each episode where there is a voice from heaven, something is heard by everyone. The difference is what they hear. So, I would assume that something was heard by all at the baptism. I can’t say what they all heard. The wording, “You are my Son”, could make one think God is just talking straight to Jesus. Indeed, He was talking to Jesus, but this could be another case of being “for the benefit” of others, not just Jesus. Luke’s account set the scene well when he said, “The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. (Luke 3:15)…And right then, Jesus comes on the scene to get baptized. Hearing God’s voice say exactly who Jesus was answered the question they all had in their hearts. Answer: ”Nope, it’s not John! It’s Jesus with whom I am pleased!”

      There’s one last thing that I think is interesting. When the 11 disciples were picking someone new to take the spot of Judas in Acts 15-26, one of the criteria for the new disciple was to have been one that had been living among them, “…beginning from John’s baptism, to the time when Jesus was taken up from us.” These two events are both radical (especially if everyone heard God’s voice at the baptism)! Both events bore witness to who Jesus was. The disciples then went and made disciples around the world by sharing their eye witness account of Jesus.

      So bottom line, I think that the baptism had to have been pretty incredible~ like everyone who was open to hearing God’s words, heard them!

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