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Mark 9:38-41 Jesus’ Authority Recognized and Used

Learning at His feet

Learning at His feet

We are still with Jesus and His disciples in the house in Capernaum. They came here after finishing their private trek through Galilee when Jesus was explaining His impending death and resurrection. Today we are going to look at the second thing that was noticed along the journey.

After being called on the carpet for arguing about who was the greatest among themselves, Peter brings up another issue from the trip. Peter tells Jesus that as they were walking they noticed people casting out demons in Jesus’ name. When the disciples noticed this going on they told the ones ministering in this fashion to stop because that minister wasn’t one of those following Jesus on His daily journey. In other words, they weren’t part of the “in crowd.” Read more »

Mark 9:33-37 Oh to be On His Lap

On Jesus' lap

On Jesus’ lap

Jesus and His disciples have reached Capernaum after their walk through the region of Galilee. Once they get there they go into a house. Jesus wants to discuss some of the behavior along the way.

I was trying to figure out where Jesus and the disciples started out from and how long it took them to get back to Capernaum. I was wondering how long this journey was. The beginning of the journey happened soon after Jesus, Peter, James and John joined the disciples at the foot of the mountain following Jesus’ transfiguration. So I did a little research on the location for Jesus’ transfiguration.

Not being a bible scholar myself, I turned again to the internet for some answers. I learned that there are no definite answers but only educated guesses. The location is believed to be either on Mt. Tabor or Mt. Hermon. Mt. Tabor is to the south of Capernaum by about 40-50 miles while Mt. Hermon is north by 30-40 miles. More scholars hold to the Mt. Hermon location but the Catholic Church holds to the Mt. Tabor location and has erected a monastery there known as the Basilica of the Transfiguration. Two sites I found my information from are Bible.org  and BiblePlaces.com  Read more »

Mark 9:30-32 Private Time with Jesus

Jesus and His disciples walking

On the road with Jesus

Jesus and His disciples are taking a trip through Galilee today, but they are doing it along. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN! While on their private trip Jesus has some things He wants to talk about.

Jesus has become so popular that there are throngs of people wherever they go. Jesus can’t even enter into the cities very easily because of the amount of people coming to Him. He has earned this popularity through His miracles. He freely gives to all who seek Him. He doesn’t charge for His services. He teaches with authority. He welcomes even the lowliest of sinners. Read more »

Mark 9:14-29 Come Out of Him

But if You can do anything

But if You can do anything

Jesus and His three disciples who accompanied Him on the mountaintop are rejoining the other disciples. A large crowd had gathered in Jesus’ absence and His disciples have been ministering to those in need. Jesus’ disciples have run into a problem during Jesus’ absence.

The disciples have come up against a demon/disease they can’t cast out/cure. The suffering person is a “boy” who was brought to Jesus’ disciples by his father. The boy was mute and deaf from “his childhood” and also suffered seizures/fits. The disciples have done all they know how to do to deal with this boy’s illness. Once Jesus arrives on the scene though, the boy’s troubles are nearly at an end. Read more »

Mark 9:11-13 It is Written

Thank God for HIs written word!

Thank God for HIs written word!

Jesus, James, Peter and John are on their way back down the mountain. Our three disciples have just experienced a mind blowing event. They have watched Jesus transformed right before their eyes and have seen Him talking with Moses and Elijah. More than that, they have heard God Himself speak to them. I wonder which one of the disciples is asking the questions now. Is Peter silent after his “foot in mouth” experience?

Jesus has also strictly told them to keep this experience to themselves until after He rises from the dead. They are not sure what this means but they will willingly obey Him. Now they have a question they want to ask. “Why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come” (verse 11)? Read more »