Mark 3:6 The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend

Pharisees and Herodians hatch a plan

Pharisees and Herodians hatch a plan

I was getting ready to move into the next section of our reading today and realized that I left the last verse off of yesterday’s reading. I thought about skipping verse 6 and just moving on, but that didn’t feel right. Then I thought about tagging it onto the front of today’s text. Then I felt led to stop and really look at this verse by itself instead. So that is what we are going to do today.

The Pharisees in yesterday’s story had been with Jesus for many hours. They were with Him and His disciples in the grain field. Then they were watching Him closely as He spoke in the synagogue. And they were extremely interested in what Jesus would, and did, do for the man with the withered hand. Read more »

Mark 3:1-5 A Withered Hand Reaches For Jesus

He is reaching for you!

We have another familiar story today that we are going to look at. Jesus and His disciples have completed their Sabbath journey and are now in the synagogue. Jesus is becoming a fixture in the synagogues on the Sabbath, when the crowds are small enough He can actually enter the cities. Capernaum is one of the cities He enters regularly. I believe that is the city where we join Jesus today.

Anyone who has been following Jesus’ exploits knows that if He is in the city on the Sabbath He is sure to make an appearance in the synagogue. So, if you need Jesus’ help, make sure to be where Jesus is. And what could be easier or more innocent than going to the synagogue on the Sabbath? We are going to name the man we meet in the synagogue today James. James is a quiet man and hates to draw attention to himself, especially with his deformity. James seldom goes out in public since the night IT happened. Read more »

Mark 2:23-28 Rest, Enforced or Enjoyed

We All Need This!

We All Need This!

We meet up with Jesus as He and His disciples are walking through a wheat field one fine Saturday morning. I’m assuming this group is on their way to the synagogue, as traveling on the Sabbath was restricted to such endeavors. On the way, some of Jesus disciples do something that gets the attention and scorn of the Pharisees.

First thing I want to know is, what were the Pharisees doing out in this field in the first place. I would expect them to all be living in town and keeping their Sabbath travels to a minimum. Were these Pharisees assigned to follow Jesus wherever He went? Were they  accompanying Jesus on His travels? They were definitely NOT His followers, as they looked for every opportunity to find fault with Him or His disciples. Were these the same group who objected to Jesus’ dinner companions while dining at Matthew’s house? Read more »

Mark 2:18-22 New On Old

Same thing, new purpose and method

Same thing, new purpose and method

Today we are with Jesus when He is approached by people who notice a difference between His disciples’ behavior and that of other disciples. The difference they point to specifically is fasting. We get to hear how Jesus addresses their question.

If any of you have been with us during our study of Matthew, you know that we addressed fasting in a couple of instances. One of those times was when Matthew shared this same encounter with us. I’m going to post links to the two instances that Jesus deals with fasting in Matthew. I believe those two blog entries sum up all I know about fasting. The first is when Jesus is teaching His sermon on the mountain top and deals with fasting. The second is Matthew’s account of today’s storyRead more »

Mark 2:13-17 Came to Call the Sinners

No pills for my ills

No pills for my ills

We join Jesus walking by the sea again today. I’m assuming that it was the Sea of Galilee, but we are not told what city He was near. Wherever He is He has a LARGE crowd following Him, again. No problem; its lesson time!

Mark doesn’t tell us what lesson Jesus was teaching or how long it lasted. Mark simply picks up the story as Jesus leaves the seashore. I am curious where Jesus “passed by.” Was there a tax booth on the seashore? Was it as you entered a specific road between two cities? How and where did Jesus encounter Matthew? Was Matthew within hearing distance of Jesus’ teaching that day? Had Matthew popped in and out of his booth to hear Jesus speak? Had he been where Jesus was teaching on other occasions? Plain and simply, why Matthew? I wonder if Matthew wondered, “Why Matthew” too. Read more »