Archive for August, 2008

Outline of Mark 6

August 30, 2008 Leave a comment

  1. Rejection in Jesus’ Hometown
  2. 12 Disciples, 2-By-2
  3. Recap: John the Baptist’s Execution

    1. Herod confuses Jesus with John the Baptist
    2. Mark reviews John’s execution

  4. Jesus and the Disciples Go Into Seclusion
  5. Miraculous 5000-Man Buffet
  6. Jesus Walks on Water
  7. Jesus, Miracle-Healing Rock Star

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Full Authority

August 30, 2008 Leave a comment

In verses 41-43, Jesus demonstrates that he has authority over death.

If your boss had true authority over death, would you question any of his other decisions?  I wouldn’t!

So why do I hold Jesus to a different standard?

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August 28, 2008 Leave a comment

The people mourning for the little girl who had just died weren’t able to contain their disbelief when Jesus arrived.

They “began laughing at Him” (NASB, v. 40a).

Would I do the same thing?  Would I be laughing derisively or hopefully?

Sadly, I think I’d just label Jesus a lunatic.

Until the girl woke up.

Then I’d be ashamed.

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Death is Not the End

August 28, 2008 Leave a comment

In verses 35-36, we learn that the girl Jesus is going to heal has died.

From a human perspective, her death is the final step.  Nothing else will make a difference anymore.

But Jesus reminds the girl’s father  that death is not the final step.  Jesus can conquer even death!

This is an amazing promise.

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The Woman Subject to Bleeding

August 27, 2008 Leave a comment

In verses 25-34, we learn about a miraculous healing.

This poor woman has been bleeding constantly for twelve years.  I can’t even begin to imagine the pain and hardship this would create.

On the surface, the woman appears to believe in the magical powers of Jesus’ robe.

However, Jesus clarifies and teaches the woman and the crowds that it is her faith, not superstition, that leads to her healing.

Do I trust Jesus enough to accept his healing in impossible circumstances?

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Jesus Honors and Honored by Jairus

August 26, 2008 Leave a comment

After Jesus leaves the man healed of demon-possession, he again travels by boat to a new region.

In no time, people discover his location and mob him again.

Jairus, a synagogue offical, risks condemnation of the Jewish leaders and goes to Jesus to request healing for his deathbed-ill daughter.  When your own child’s life is on the line, your priorities and true beliefs come to the forefront.

Jairus wanted his daughter well more than he wanted the approval of his bosses.

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Jesus v. Legion

August 25, 2008 Leave a comment

  1. Jesus and his disciples pull into shore after escaping the terrifying storm
  2. I wonder if people on the land recognized that Jesus had made the storm stop suddenly
  3. The man possessed by Legion came to meet Jesus as soon as he landed
  4. Evil is often more perceptive about spiritual matters than those who are uninterested
  5. This may be related to Revelation 3:14-16, in which Jesus tells the church at Laodicea that he wishes they were either hot or cold, not lukewarm
  6. Evil is physically powerful
  7. Kids who cut themselves are manifesting an ancient cry for spiritual help
  8. Legion begs Jesus not to torture them
  9. Jesus is responsible for torturing demons?
  10. Hell is clearly torture, and Jesus is a prosecuting attorney of justice, so this is a consistent picture of Jesus’ holiness
  11. Jesus asked the demons’ names
  12. Even when facing evil, it is important to learn its names
  13. What makes names so important?
  14. Genesis 2:19-20: there is great power and authority in a name
  15. Legion begs Jesus for mercy
  16. Do they realize that they’d shown the man they possessed no mercy?
  17. Do they care?
  18. Legion requests to be sent into a herd of pigs
  19. Pigs are an unclean animal to the Jews
  20. Legion limits their request to the immediate physical vicinity
  21. Why didn’t they ask to be sent to, say, Africa or South America? Why stay local?
  22. Are demons limited by spacetime the way that humans are? I thought that spirits weren’t bound in the same way as physical beings
  23. After the evil spirits possess the swine herd, the pigs stampede and drown in a local pond
  24. Where do Legion go after the pigs die?
  25. The man possessed by Legion experiences an immediate healing
  26. The townspeople are unimpressed by this miracle and beg Jesus to leave
  27. It appears that the people in this region were more concerned with pork profits than with the spiritual and physical health of the possessed man
  28. These priorities are messed up
  29. A single human is worth more than a whole herd of pigs
  30. A single human is worth more than any amount of profit
  31. A single human is worth more than x because humans are “created in the image of God” (cf. Genesis 1:27)
  32. Jesus sends the healed man away, despite his pleas to travel with Jesus
  33. Not every person who wants to serve Jesus in full-time ministry will be accepted, even if his motives are pure and his experience clear
  34. God’s plans cannot be fully understood here on earth
  35. However, we can trust that God’s plan is the best, no matter what life throws at us!

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Jesus Heals: An Outline of Mark 5

August 24, 2008 Leave a comment

  1. Jesus Defeats an Unclean Spirt
    1. Jesus tells Legion to leave the man
    2. Legion announces Jesus’ true identity and begs for mercy
    3. Jesus allows Legion to move to a herd of pigs
    4. The pigs stampede down a cliff and drown in a lake (so what happened to Legion after this? what is the interaction between demons and dead animals? was this a dumb move for Legion, or exactly what they wanted?)
    5. The swine owners rush to tell the town
    6. The townspeople freak out and beg Jesus to leave
    7. The healed man begs to follow Jesus
    8. Jesus refuses, but commands the man to tell his story all over
  2. Jesus Defeats Illness
    1. A woman has been bleeding for 12 years
    2. Doctors have been unable to help her
    3. She has no health insurance, so she’s broke
    4. The woman has faith, so she sneaks up on Jesus and touches his robe
    5. Jesus feels power come out and stops to address the crowd
    6. I believe that Jesus stops not because he doesn’t know the woman, but because he wants to teach the woman and the crowd a lesson
    7. The woman identifies herself
    8. Jesus explains that her faith, not the cloak, healed her (this is a strong case against the power of relics and icons)
  3. Jesus Defeats Death
    1. Jairus, the temple leader, goes to Jesus to beg for his daughter’s life
    2. Mourners inform Jairus that his daughter has died
    3. Jesus tells Jairus to continue believing
    4. Jesus brings the dead girl back to life
    5. Jesus orders onlookers not to tell what happened

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Whirlwind Wrap-Up of Mark 4

August 23, 2008 Leave a comment

In verses 26-29, Jesus explains that the Kingdom of God grows mysteriously, just like a farmer’s seed. It is not my job to explain Jesus’ success but to help gather a harvest.

Then, in verses 30-32, Jesus elegantly describes his Kingdom as a mustard seed.  This is a simple way of saying that Christian faith began tiny but became huge.  What in my life starts tiny and seems to take on a life of its own?

Finally, in verses 35-41, Jesus freaks out his disciples by yelling at a dangerous storm to make it stop.  Cool!

I skipped verse 33-34 because it appeared to be a parenthetical comment about Jesus’ use of parables.  Jesus’ message is mysterious.  There is value in sharing lessons in a way that can only be decoded by the faithful.  How can this apply to my teaching at church?  Is it applicable to my teaching at school?  I don’t think so, but I may be missing an important detail here.

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Mark 4:24-25

August 22, 2008 Leave a comment

Be careful how you judge and measure other people.  That is how you yourself will be judged and measured.

This demands an incredibly transparent, honest self-assessment.

Matthew Henry suggests that in verse 25, Jesus is making a “use it or lose it” spiritual comment.  If you have a great deal of spiritual insight and use it wisely, your investment will grow.  If you have little spiritual understanding and don’t work to improve it, you’ll lose what little you have to begin with.

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