Thursday, May 16, 2019

Mark 3-4~ Day 16~ More will be given!! Woo woo!!

He said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear. By the measure you use, it will be measured to you-and more will be added to you. For whoever has, more will be given to him, and whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.” (Mark 4:24-245)

I have always read that thinking it seems harsh. Why would God “take away” what little spiritual truth one may possess or understand? Isn’t a little truth better than none? After all, doesn’t Jesus say that faith as small as a mustard seed can do big things? (Matt. 17:20).
Well, as I was pondering this, I read the footnote in my Bible. It was so well stated, I thought I would just quote the whole thing for you.

“The parables of the lamp and measure in Mark are stern exhortations to be spiritually perceptive. Jesus did not come for His kingdom to be hidden but to be revealed fully to all. The more you appropriate spiritual truth now, the more you will receive in the future. If you do not make spiritual perceptiveness a high priority now, even the little spiritual perception you think you have will be taken from you. In other words, you had better wonder if you have truly made a commitment to Christ and are counted as his disciple if pursuing spiritual understanding is not a priority. Those who do not have an interest in spiritual things will soon find themselves falling further away from the kingdom (v.25).”

Ohh, that was good!! That doesn’t seem as harsh. Rather, it’s a stern warning to do some self evaluation. It’s not the quantity of faith, but the quality of faith; is it real? Real faith doesn’t hide, but shines for all to see. There will be no question to others as to what your beliefs are.

“Pay attention to what you hear!”  I know I’m speaking to the choir here, because we are doing just that! We are paying attention to spiritual things revealed in our reading everyday. Lucky us, more will be added to you and me!! 🤗

2 comments:

  1. Yes, so glad you made that clear, it can sound "unfair"! I was struck this time by how his family thought he was out of his mind and they wanted to come take charge of him! (4:21) I never noticed that before, it's almost funny. But they must have noticed something about him all those years growing up, don't you think?

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    1. I agree, they must have noticed, especially when I think about Mary at the wedding in Cana (John 2). Mary runs to Jesus with a problem she sees and tells the servants to do what he says. I am confident that wasn't the first time Jesus did something for his mom. It's just the first miracle he did publicly.
      I would imagine, his siblings and maybe even neighbors were well aware there was something special about Jesus. That makes the response Jesus had understandable when he came to his hometown in Mark 6. "And he was amazed at their unbelief." (vs.6)

      The thoughts behind those words could easily have been, "Seriously people? You are surprised at my teaching? You have heard me teach since I was 12! You have seen what kind of son I was. You of all people should know! I'm amazed that you are being so hard hearted!"

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