Entries by suzie

Thursday 19 October, 2017

This passage records the appointing of the twelve apostles. The context for the passage is Jesus’s increasing ministry workload. His response to this was to delegate spiritual authority to share the load. What an exciting prospect to be given supernatural power and authority to share the Gospel, however for me after reading this passage I […]

Wednesday 18 October, 2017

“Whenever the impure spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” But he gave them strict orders not to tell others about him.”  [Mark 3:11-12] Jesus will not have the truth of who He is declared by impure spirits. Why not? They’re telling people the truth […]

Tuesday 17 October, 2017

Jesus is continuing to change the mindset/worldview those following him – in this case the Pharisees & those in the Synagogue – ones who knew the scriptures, ones who were supposed to know God. Jesus is re-framing their understanding of the Sabbath and God. The questions Jesus asks only have one answer – answers that […]

Monday 16 October, 2017

When I have read this passage in the past, I had pictured a group of middle aged men, wandering through the countryside on foot, whimsically pulling off a head of grain as they followed their leader wherever he may go. But today I thought about this passage. I asked some questions I had never asked […]

Sunday 15 October, 2017

Rules, rituals and regulations stand tall in the minds of faithful followers of God in this passage of scripture. This is why these Israelites are shocked that Jesus’ disciples are not ritualistically fasting. Fasting was one of the many religious regulations aimed at keeping people close to God. But they missed something staggering. God was […]

Saturday 14 October, 2017

I love how Jesus has dinner with notorious people, that He was comfortable in their presence. It’s easy to label people, it’s harder to transform people.  To bring about transformation you have to be ‘with’ them, you have to engage with them in their world without imbibing that world. Jesus’ answered the criticism going to […]

Friday 13 October, 2017

There are times in our lives when we are one of two things, either the friend who brings another friend to Jesus, or the one who is on the bed before Jesus. So when the time comes am I ready to step up and hold up someone in my life to Jesus, when they are […]

Thursday 12 October, 2017

The leprous man came to Jesus begging for healing. The picture Mark paints is one of desperation. At the same time this was an audacious request. Jews believed that only God could heal leprosy (see 2 Kings 5:1-14), so this request reflected the man’s understanding that Jesus had the power of God. The effect of […]

Wednesday 11 October, 2017

This is an interesting interaction between Jesus and His disciples, and I think this scenario reveals some of Jesus’ priorities in time management and people management. It sounds to me like there’s a subtle rebuke in the disciples’ remark to Jesus – “Everyone is looking for you!”. As in, “Jesus, we are annoyed with you […]

Tuesday 10 October, 2017

Jesus’ ministry was commencing in a powerful way, through healing and deliverance of many people. News of him was spreading rapidly, so much so, that the “whole town” of Capernaum was gathered at the door. The need for physical wellness was great in those times. Society did not have the medicines, or the practitioner skills […]