Do you have humility like the man who wrote the best-selling books, “Humility and How I Attained It” and “The Ten Most Humble Men in the World and How I Chose The Other Nine.” (Source Unknown). … More
The three lessons Jesus taught in this section are basic to Christian living today. If we are yielded to Him, then suffering will lead to glory, faith will produce power, and our sacrificial service will lead to honor. John reported to Jesus that they had seen a man casting out demons “in thy name"(v. 38) and they had tried to stop him. It appears that John and the other disciples were jealous and had given offense to the man (v. 38). They had tried to restrain and so Jesus takes time to teach them an important principle, “For he that is not against us is on our part” (vv. 39-41). This is definitely dealing with an attitude of judgement toward others. These words of Jesus are a death blow to the intolerant spirit, to the attitude that says, “Our group is the only group that is right.” Jesus here establishes the basis for fellowship among believers. He is really saying, “I don’t care what denomination you are in. If you have received Jesus as your personal Saviour, if you have been born again, you are my sister or brother in Christ.”Next Jesus brings up a subject that is seldom mentioned in religious circles today. He talks about a place called hell (vv. 42-50). It is a real, actual, literal place. God says that if people die in their sins apart from the Lord Jesus they will go to a place where the fire is not quenched and the worm dieth not (vv 43,44). We must take sin seriously. Your hand (v. 43) represents what you do. Is there any action, anything you are doing in your life, that is not pleasing to God? Your foot (v. 45) represents where you go. Are you going anywhere that causes you to sin? Your eye (v. 47) represents what you see. Are you looking at anything that brings sin into your life? True humility means knowing yourself, accepting yourself, being yourself and giving yourself for others. The world’s philosophy is that you are “great” if others are working for you, but Jesus message is that greatness comes from serving others.
Can I think of anything in my life that I need to get rid of? It may be things I am doing, it may be places I am going, it could be things I am watching. I need to tell God I am sorry and ask Him to help me start doing things that He wants me to do.
John said to him, "Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us." But Jesus said, "Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. For the one who is not against us is for us. For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward. "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 'where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.' For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another."
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Mark 6:1-6Jesus returns to His home town of Nazareth
Mark 6:7-13Jesus sends His disciples as missionaries
Mark 6:14-29Mark tells about the death of John the Baptist
Mark 6:30-44Feeding of the 5000
Mark 6:45-52Storm on the Sea of Galilee
Mark 6:53-56Crowd wanting to be healed
Mark 7:1-13Conflict with the religious leaders over laws
Mark 7:14-23Jesus attacks a system of rules and regulations
Mark 7:24-30Jesus casts a demon out of a Gentile daughter
Mark 7:31-37Jesus heals a deaf man with a speech impediment
Mark 8:1-9Jesus feeds 4000 with 7 baskets leftover
Mark 8:10-21The Pharisees ask Jesus for a sign from heaven
Mark 8:22-30Jesus heals a blind man gradually
Mark 8:31-38Jesus warns His disciples that He is going to die
Mark 9:1-8Jesus takes 3 of His disciples to a high mountain
Mark 9:9-13Three disciples question about the transfiguration
Mark 9:14-29The disciples are helpless and ineffective
Mark 9:30-37Disciples arguing about who is the greatest
Mark 9:38-50Jesus says greatness comes from serving others.
Mark 10:1-12Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?
Mark 10:13-22Possessions don’t help you obtain eternal life
Mark 10:23-31Hard for the rich to enter the kingdom of God
Mark 10:32-45Willingness to give extra service
Mark 10:46-52Every male Jew must attend passover
Mark 11:1-11Jesus rides a donkey into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday
Mark 11:12-18Jesus said the temple is a den of thieves
Mark 11:19-26Jesus cursed the fig tree and it dried up
Mark 11:27-33Jesus questioned on His authority
Mark 12:1-12Jesus tells about the owner of a vineyard
Mark 12:13-17Pharisees ask Jesus about paying poll tax
Mark 12:18-27Whose wife shall she be in the resurrection?
Mark 12:28-34"You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Mark 12:35-44Jesus makes a series of charges against the scribes