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February 17th

Reflections on parts of our NT reading for today:

Mark 2: 15 And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Jesus came not to those who think they are religious or OK with God, but to those who know they are sinners… it is the same today. We all need the Great Physician.

27 And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”

The phrase “Son of Man” is one of my favorite ways that Jesus refers to Himself; and He does it fairly often in the gospels – around 80 times. I have seen it translated as “the Human One”. There is not a lot of scholarly consensus as to what the phrase exactly denotes, but the info I found in Theopedia seems to be what I have come to generally agree with as being most probable:

“The phrase ‘Son of Man’ is a title often applied by Jesus to Himself. It is an allusion to Daniel 7:13-14, which reads:

‘I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.’

The allusion is clearest in Mark 14:61-62:
But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?" And Jesus said, ‘I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.’ The phrase to which Jesus alludes so frequently is, in the original text of Daniel 7:13, bar enash, as opposed to the more usual phrase bar 'adam. Bar enash carries the connotation of a foremost heir to a throne. Therefore, it can be seen as a strong claim to divinity.”

The gospel of Mark is an interesting ride so far, as Jesus makes enemies of the Pharisees and the Herodians (supporters and family of Herod Antipas of Galillee) for healing a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath. Jesus is at this point, an unstoppable force. He is advancing the Kingdom of God through His preaching and healing. Only the wicked authorities seem to be against Him, while the people flock to Him.

Mark 2: 13 He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them.

re: The Kingdom of God:

The presence and coming of the Kingdom of God was the central message of Jesus. For example, his teaching was designed to show men how they might enter the Kingdom of God (Matt. 5:20; 7:21). His mighty works were intended to prove that the Kingdom of God had come upon them (Matt. 12: 28). His parables illustrated to His disciples the truth about the Kingdom of God (Matt. 13:11) [Theopedia]

From the CARM (Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry) website:

The kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven seem to be variations of the same idea. A kingdom implies a king. Our king is Jesus. Jesus said that His kingdom was not of this world (John 18:36). Jesus’ authority did not come from man but from God (Luke 22:29).

Entrance into the kingdom of God is by a new birth (John 3:5), repentance (Matt. 3:2), and the divine call (1 Thess. 2:12). We are told to seek the kingdom of God first (Matt. 6:33) and to pray for its arrival (Matt. 6:10). “The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,” (Rom. 14:17). It is also a future kingdom where full rulership in the actual presence of the King Jesus will occur when He returns to earth.

Revelation 11: 15 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”

Maranatha! IC -|- XC

Prayer for Today:
Lord, thank You for my persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ, whose lives prove Your power. Be their bedrock and make their faith unshakable. Amen.

Some wondering thoughts:

2398 Strongs’ Numbering System
BDB (Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions):
1) to sin, miss, miss the way, go wrong, incur guilt, forfeit, purify from uncleanness

Unintentional sin not planned sin, very interesting. These sacrifices and rituals were designed for the “stuff” that happens along the way. Since we are creatures that hate to admit we “missed the mark,” so to speak, a person would have to operate in “Truth” to realize that they have missed it BEFORE the consequences show up in ones’ life or the life of the community. All sin gives fruit to its own rewards. To have a life rooted in Truth one must deal truthfully with oneself and not be restrained by what family, community, country and “Church” thinks. Many jobs require inventories, even if it is only of supplies, material and human resource; but how often do we take an inventory of ourselves based on the standard and rule of God’s Laws? It is not about what others say, or even ourselves, it is about what God says. Anything else is sin.

I also understand that one can know the Truth, but that doesn’t mean one applies Truth rightly. Like soap, Truth, the Word, does you no good unless applied according to directions.

Grace and peace,

I wish or fervently pray my school age children learn about God and fear him in a healthy respectful way. My students struggle with right and wrong, with things such as..just because it lawful doesn't mean it's right. I want them to grown up strong testimonies of inner strength but coming from the Father it will need to be. Thank you Jesus

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