Monday, January 23, 2012

Bible Reading Challenge - Week 4 Day 2 Mark 6-10

Our reading challenge for the day is Mark chapters 6-10. I'll hit a few highlights. You make comments too and fill in the gaps. What strikes you as specially significant?

In chapter 6 Mark seems to begin stressing Jesus' work with his disciples, teaching them and preparing them for the work which he will leave for them. See how the disciples are involved in healings, in feeding the multitude, and in arriving with Jesus in a new area where he will be flocked by followers. Jesus' work is increasingly opposed, as people either become wholehearted in support of him or in their efforts to hinder him.

Jesus does not always draw our families together. How can we pray for those we know whose families are broken due to refusal of some or all of the members to hear Jesus' words of grace and mercy?

Jesus begins to speak more plainly about his death and resurrection near the end of Mark chapter 8. Notice again how shocking so many of Jesus' words and deeds are. We should never become used to the idea that Jesus is true man and true God, nor that he is able to take our sin upon himself and die in our place, giving us his life.

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