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Friday, May 10, 2013

Mark 9:36-50

"Teacher," said John, "we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us."
"Do not stop him," Jesus said. "No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them,"Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me."
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched. Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other."
Mark 9:38-50

"Teacher," said John, "we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us."
"Do not stop him," Jesus said. "No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us.

Likewise, whoever is not for God is against him. There's no neutral zone on these battle lines. You're either fighting for God, or your fighting for Satan and there's no nice way to put this. We all have a choice and when choosing sides, there are two. I'll back track a little bit. Before this, the disciples had tried to cast some demons out of a boy, but another man was able to. And there was possibly some jealousy here.
I personally would be jealous, I don't know about you, but I think I'd be cool to do a miracle, but miracles that are done in Gods name. Everything we do should be to bring the glory to God.
John was interrupting Jesus while he was talking about children, here's what Jesus was saying before, in verse 36 and 37


He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them,"Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me."


And then John threw in his comment. I think either because he was jealous that a man was able to drive out demons and he couldn't, or he didn't want to hear what Jesus had to say. 


I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward. And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck. 


Jesus is jumping back to his previous point now, it would seem random to mention children, had you not read verse 36 and 37 which is why it is important to read the whole passage or else scripture might be taken out of context. Keep in mind that "He took a little child and had him stand among them" So I'll assume the child hasn't moved in these few verse. So when Jesus was saying "if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin" he was most likely gesturing to the child standing among them. Even so, when "little one" is mentioned in the bible, it is generally talking about a child or infant. "it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck." This point is probably talking about if you cause a child to sin on purpose.


If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.


I always read this part in horror. It's hard to know if Jesus was trying to say that sin is a big deal, or if he wants us to really do this. It most certainly is better to be in heaven with one hand or foot than in hell with two. But you should get rid of anything that causes you to sin. I think that you should get rid of anything that bring sin, totally destroy it, but I'm not sure that I would need to cut off a hand of foot.
It seems gross to me to imagine someone having there eyes pluck out...just because they sinned. As I was writing that I realized I said just. Is it just sin to me? Sin is a big deal. Sin is such a big deal that God killed his son. Sin is not just sin. Sin is a major problem. Sin is what causes people to burn in and and writhe in pain for a eternity. Sin is a big deal, no matter what the world says. The world ranks sin, but God doesn't no matter if murdered and stole, or if you told lies, God will send all sinners to hell...or at least he if that's what he sees. When Jesus died for us, he gave us the choice of letting him cover up our sin. If you welcome Jesus into your life, then he will cover up your sin and then God will look at you and he will a holy person, though you are not holy, but God will see the who is holy and he'll let you into heaven.


Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other."
Mark 9:38-50


In Mathew, Jesus says that we should be salt to the earth. I have never had any salt that wasn't salty, but salt is used for flavor and Christians are called by God to flavor the word with their saltiness and bring people to Christ. If a christian lost hi saltiness, how would he bring flavor to the world? And like Jesus says, "Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again?" In Mathew, this is what Jesus says about salt:


You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.
Mathew 5:13


It is so important to be salt and flavorful because Jesus went as far as to say that if you aren't salty, then you are good for nothing.
Jesus didn't just compare a christian to salt in Mathew, he also said:


You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Mathew 5:14-16


So do not stop. Don't stop lighting up or flavoring the World. Don't stop people who are spreading the gospel don't stop someone casting out demons in Jesus' name. Don't stop spreading the gospel. (If you haven't started, the you should) And don't stop doing what Jesus would. Don't stop anything that's good, but stop everything that's bad.

No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. 


Just remember that God know's what is best, he has the map and he's not just telling where your going, he's also telling you how to get there. God might be taking you on a back road, but DON'T STOP because he's holding the map. In your map, it may appear that taking the main road is better, or going a different way, but it's not the right way. DON'T STOP going the way God tells you.

If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
Luke 6:29-35

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