Mark 8-10 How To Get Along With Other

HOW TO GET ALONG WITH OTHER

Mark 8:34-10:31 Mark 9:33-43 , 47-50 1/24/2010

The time of Christ’s suffering drew nigh. Had he been delivered into the hands of devils, and they had done this, it had not been so strange; but that men should thus shamefully treat the Son of man, who came to redeem and save them, is wonderful. Still observe that when Christ spake of his death, he always spake of his resurrection, which took the reproach of it from himself, and should have taken the grief of it from his disciples. Many remain ignorant because they are ashamed to inquire. Alas! that while the Saviour teaches so plainly the things which belong to his love and grace, men are so blinded that they understand not his sayings. We shall be called to account about our discourses, and to account for our disputes, especially about being greater than others. Those who are most humble and self-denying, most resemble Christ, and shall be most tenderly owned by him. This Jesus taught them by a sign; whoever shall receive one like this child, receives me. Many have been like the disciples, ready to silence men who have success in preaching to sinners repentance in Christ’s name, because they follow not with them. Our Lord blamed the apostles, reminding them that he who wrought miracles in his name would not be likely to hurt his cause. If sinners are brought to repent, to believe in the Saviour, and to live sober, righteous, and godly lives, we then see that the Lord works by the preacher.

It is repeatedly said of the wicked, Their worm dieth not, as well as, The fire is never quenched. Doubtless, remorse of conscience and keen self-reflection are this never-dying worm. Surely it is beyond compare better to undergo all possible pain, hardship, and self-denial here, and to be happy for ever hereafter, than to enjoy all kinds of worldly pleasure for a season, and to be miserable for ever. Like the sacrifices, we must be salted with salt; our corrupt affections must be subdued and mortified by the Holy Spirit. Those that have the salt of grace, must show they have a living principle of grace in their hearts, which works out corrupt dispositions in the soul that would offend God, or our own consciences.

(Mark 9:33-43) So You Want First Place?

(Mark 9:33 )They came to Capernaum. When he was safe at home, he asked them, “What were you discussing on the road?” 34 The silence was deafening—they had been arguing with one another over who among them was greatest. 35He sat down and summoned the Twelve. “So you want first place? Then take the last place. Be the servant of all.” 36He put a child in the middle of the room. Then, cradling the little one in his arms, he said, 37“Whoever embraces one of these children as I do embraces me, and far more than me—God who sent me.”38John spoke up, “Teacher, we saw a man using your name to expel demons and we stopped him because he wasn’t in our group.” 39Jesus wasn’t pleased. “Don’t stop him. No one can use my name to do something good and powerful, and in the next breath cut me down. 40If he’s not an enemy, he’s an ally. 41Why, anyone by just giving you a cup of water in my name is on our side. Count on it that God will notice.42“On the other hand, if you give one of these simple, childlike believers a hard time, bullying or taking advantage of their simple trust, you’ll soon wish you hadn’t. You’d be better off dropped in the middle of the lake with a millstone around your neck. 43- “If your hand or your foot gets in God’s way, chop it off and throw it away. You’re better off maimed or lame and alive than the proud owner of two hands and two feet, godless in a furnace of eternal fire.

“Afraid to ask” We too may be ashamed at times of our lack of understanding. But we never need be afraid to ask God for insight.

Greatness in Christ’s kingdom is a matter of sacrifice, not superiority. Welcoming a little child . Greatness involves caring about people who can do nothing to repay you. It’s hardly praiseworthy to help your boss because you want a raise, or a relative from whom you hope to inherit. Instead, welcome little children, who have nothing to give but gratitude.
The time of Christ’s suffering drew nigh. Had he been delivered into the hands of devils, and they had done this, it had not been so strange; but that men should thus shamefully treat the Son of man, who came to redeem and save them, is wonderful. Still observe that when Christ spake of his death, he always spake of his resurrection, which took the reproach of it from himself, and should have taken the grief of it from his disciples. Many remain ignorant because they are ashamed to inquire. Alas! that while the Saviour teaches so plainly the things which belong to his love and grace, men are so blinded that they understand not his sayings. We shall be called to account about our discourses, and to account for our disputes, especially about being greater than others. Those who are most humble and self-denying, most resemble Christ, and shall be most tenderly owned by him. This Jesus taught them by a sign; whoever shall receive one like this child, receives me. Many have been like the disciples, ready to silence men who have success in preaching to sinners repentance in Christ’s name, because they follow not with them. Our Lord blamed the apostles, reminding them that he who wrought miracles in his name would not be likely to hurt his cause. If sinners are brought to repent, to believe in the Saviour, and to live sober, righteous, and godly lives, we then see that the Lord works by the preacher.
(Mark 9:47-50) If Yours Eye Offends .

(Mark 9:47)And if your eye distracts you from God, pull it out and throw it away. 48You’re better off one-eyed and alive than exercising your twenty-twenty vision from inside the fire of hell. 49“Everyone’s going through a refining fire sooner or later, 50but you’ll be well-preserved, protected from the eternal flames. Be preservatives yourselves. Preserve the peace.”

The thrust of this saying is clear. Entering life is so important that even the most radical means should be taken to avoid whatever would keep a person out. The images of mutilation should be understood to symbolize spiritual surgery. For instance, in Scripture the “eye” stands for “sight,” that is spiritual perception (Matt 6:22-23; Eph.1:18) It is repeatedly said of the wicked, Their worm dieth not, as well as, The fire is never quenched. Doubtless, remorse of conscience and keen self-reflection are this never-dying worm. Surely it is beyond compare better to undergo all possible pain, hardship, and self-denial here, and to be happy for ever hereafter, than to enjoy all kinds of worldly pleasure for a season, and to be miserable for ever. Like the sacrifices, we must be salted with salt; our corrupt affections must be subdued and mortified by the Holy Spirit. Those that have the salt of grace, must show they have a living principle of grace in their hearts, which works out corrupt dispositions in the soul that would offend God, or our own consciences.

Summary :

Jesus has announced His coming death (Mark 8:31-38). Now He makes another prediction. Some standing with Him will see God’s kingdom “come with power” (Mark 9:1). Just six days later three of His disciples witness a transformation of Christ, a stunning display of His glory . Back in the valley, Jesus drives an evil spirit from a boy His disciples had been unable to help and again predicts His death . His disciples seem totally unaware of the pain Jesus feels and fall into a dispute about which of them is “greatest” . Mark then reports a series of single-theme enigmatic statements made by Jesus, as the company travels toward Jerusalem and His crucifixion. The theme is that of relationship to Jesus’ followers. Those who act in Christ’s name are “for us” .Those who are hospitable to Jesus’ followers will be rewarded . Those who cause Christ’s followers (His “little ones”) to sin face terrible judgment . For Jesus’ disciples must always maintain that uniqueness which offers hope to the world .

God Bless My Friend
Robert G O’Haver
deacon@ohaver.net
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