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Lesson # Mark 1:36-39
Study Material - Mark 1:36-39
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36 And Simon and his companions hunted for Him; 37 and they found Him, and said to Him, 'Everyone is looking for You.' 38 And He said to them, 'Let us go somewhere else to the towns nearby, in order that I may preach there also; for that is what I came out for.' 39 And He went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out the demons.
Simon and his friends are now somewhat possessive of Jesus. Here is the greatest man they have ever met. He is casting out demons, healing people right and left, and there doesn't seem to be anything that He cannot cure. This is their home town and naturally they want to keep things right here. Capernaum is a busy little port. Many people come there from all over the world. It is kind of a melting pot of sorts, and the attention given to Simon (Peter) and his friends and their home town is probably somewhat overwhelming.
But Jesus answers them with a negative response. No. He cannot stay and set up a headquarters here in Capernaum. That was not His calling in this first advent. Besides the people were not looking for Him for His teaching, but His healing powers.
Miracles are not a source of spiritual growth. Miracles are designed to get ones attention, and certainly they do. When God causes an event which we call a miracle, that is, God does something which is easy for Him, but beyond our comprehension, and more likely beyond our ability, then it gets our attention as it is supposed to. Then once our attention is focused on Jesus, or Bible doctrine, we are supposed to listen to His message, which is far more important than the miracle.
Jesus has a duty to teach the gospel, as well as some doctrine beyond the gospel. The last verse in John 21 tells us that Jesus did and said far more than could be written down. So there is far more doctrine which the Apostles and those people who followed Jesus Christ during that time, heard and saw, that we know nothing about.
Christ was not intending to remain in one locality and have all people come to Him. But rather, He went around the district and to the people. Just as Jesus Christ walked around to the various communities, but restricted his travels to the area we know as Israel today, so Bible doctrine travels to every community in the world even today. No one was at a disadvantage because Jesus did not travel to their specific community or home during His time here on earth almost 2000 years ago. Having the Bible in hand or hearing it over the radio, or television, or reading it on the internet, is just the same as hearing and seeing Him in person. The Word of God is called the mind of Christ, and as it was communicated in that day by the Holy Spirit, so too in our current day, the Holy Spirit communicates Bible doctrine to each one of us in the same manner.
The status of the spiritual lives of those peoples then was low. Jesus was casting out demons quite often. Now just how often do we see demon possessed people in our current day? Not very often if ever. In fact unless you get involved in some third world underdeveloped countries religious activity, in idolatry, or in some kind of cult activity, you'll most likely never see a demon possessed person.
But in that day phenomenon seems to have been quite common, which says a lot for the spiritual lives of the people in general in that day. They perceived Jesus teaching as a 'new' teaching, yet He taught from the same scriptures they had been reading weekly all of their lives. They just did not know or understand what they were reading. The priests lacked knowledge as well. And they were supposed to be the experts, the authorities, on the scriptures. And they didn't have a clue either.
They all missed the birth of Christ. They missed His growing up. They missed His baptism by John the Baptist. And they even argue over His current teaching, despite seeing with their own eyes, the miracles He is doing.
So the sin nature is a very powerful force to contend with. In each one of us is that threat which comes from our own attitude, our own apathy, or own antagonism toward Bible doctrine. We too could be in the same boat as these people. We could be negative, or picky, or critical of the lessons we read and learn each day. We could take the attitude of 'show me', or 'prove it to me', or some other argumentative attitude. And if we take this position then we are only closing the door to our own spiritual lives.
Bible doctrine is intended to be studied a little at a time each day, and for every day of our lives. Doing this, we cover a lot of ground and eventually answer every question which arises in our minds. Patience and consistency are the attributes which we need to master in our lives, and doing so will give us a giant head start in our spiritual growth. Looking for the quick fix, the genie wish come true, the miracle to solve ones problems will only serve to slow your advance down to a crawl if not put you at a dead stop.
Miracles do not give you spiritual growth - only Bible doctrine learned from a consistent daily study program, produces spiritual growth.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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