Mark 16:3 – They were saying among themselves, "Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?”
The two Mary’s were walking up towards the tomb of Jesus, armed with material to anoint his dead body with.
As I read this I saw something I’d never seen before – they were wondering along the way ‘who will roll away the stone for us?’. They knew that there was a massive stone covering the entrance to the tomb. But they didn’t stop and turn around and organise a group of strong men to come with them. They kept walking – wondering how they would get past the stone, but continuing on their journey.
Upon their arrival at the tomb, the women certainly got more than they bargained for – not only was the stone rolled away, but Jesus had risen!
Here is another great example of walking by faith. It’s about knowing that there may be an unassailable obstacle in front of us, but continuing to walk – somehow knowing and believing that it will all be taken care of.
Keep walking toward that which God has promised. Don’t let it go, and don’t stop and turn around. Find the next step and take it today. With God there is ALWAYS a way forward.
Mark 7:7-8 – But in vain do they worship me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. For you set aside the commandment of God, and hold tightly to the tradition of men…
The Pharisees were always actively looking for something to find fault with. It wasn’t long until they discovered that Jesus and his disciples failed to wash their hands before they ate. People getting healed, delivered and set free – but hey, you’re not washing your hands!!
When they picked this up with Jesus, he levelled strong words against their ways. In this verse he calls all their worship vain and pointless! Why? Because they teach as doctrines the traditions of men, and instead set aside the commandments of God.
God does not look upon them with mercy for all their washings and outward displays of piety. Rather it is a contrite and broken heart which the Lord looks to (Psalms 51:17, Isaiah 57:15,66:2).
Keep the main thing, the main thing! We can get so caught up with the secondary things that we forget those things which are of most importance!
Mark 4:25 – For whoever has, to him will more be given, and he who has not, from him will be taken away even that which he has.
On first glance, this would appear to be quite an unfair verse. The one who has gets more, the one who doesn’t have loses what he’s got.
But when we understand that Jesus is talking here about faith, which comes from hearing what God says, things start to get a bit clearer.
Think of Jacob and Esau. Jacob had faith – he was always listening for that spoken blessing and pursued it vigorously. As a result he obtained the birthright, the blessing of His father and the blessing of God. But Esau was focussed on the here and now, and as a result, he lost his both his birthright and his blessing.
Also think of the parable of the servants entrusted with money. When they used what they had – more was given to them by their Master. But when they failed to use what they had, it was taken away from them.
The Bible says that we should act in accordance with the measure of faith we have been given. This means that each one of us has something to start with. If we use it – then more will be given to us!
What has God said to you? What is He calling you to walk forward into? Take a step towards it today in faith, and begin putting the deposit into action!
Mark 10:13 – They were bringing to him little children, that he should touch them, but the disciples rebuked those who were bringing them.
I’m often astounded at the change in the apostles from when they were walking with Jesus, to afterward when the Spirit of God came upon them at Pentecost. Before Pentecost, it seems that they just couldn’t get anything right!
Here’s a great case in point – In Mark chapter 9, Jesus took a child and said ‘Whoever receives one such little child in my name, receives me…’.You would have thought that would be enough to suggest to the disciples that the children were just as important as the adults.
Yet now, only one ‘chapter’ later – the disciples are rebuking people for bringing kids! So Jesus has to give them another lesson – this time telling them that unless they become like these small children, they will not enter the kingdom of God!
We can laugh at these guys, but in many ways we’re just like those disciples. Jesus explains things to us clearly, but it seems to take us quite a while to actually comprehend what He’s saying too! Sometimes we take him far too figuratively!