Monthly Archives: December 2019

Mark 10:1-16

Tomorrow 10 AM… Verse by verse we go through the Gospel According to Mark.

Not necessarily an easy text to walk through. Mark 10:1-16. (Warning: DIVORCE TALK)

Once again CONTEXT is crucial!

Some key thoughts we must take into this text are:

1. Mark 3:6 (Jesus has a target on his back).

2. Mark 10:2 (Jesus is being tested by those who want to test/trick Him). This isn’t a married couple who came to ask Jesus for marriage advice!

3. Ideas and views of Marriage/Divorce are different in different periods (Especially in Modernity).

4. The reoccurring point we must also make is that Jesus’ teaching methods include hyperbole and parable. And “to those on the outside Jesus spoke in parables (Mark 4:10-12).

We saw what happened to JTB (John the Baptizer) in Mark 6 (decapitated at Herod’s political/most-likely-sensual-shindig) when JTB called out Herod’s marriage situation (6:18).

Interesting comments for the interested by NT scholar Craig Evans:

“the question of divorce had become a politically hot topic. Not only did Herodias desert and (presumably) divorce her husband (probably through the Roman courts), but Herod Antipas divorced his wife, the daughter of Aretas the king of the Nabateans, in order to marry Herodias. (Josephus tells us that when the daughter of Aretas caught wind of Herod’s plan, she fled to her father.) This marital affair created a political crisis, which finally resulted in war between Galilee and the Nabatea. Had it not been for Roman intervention, Antipas likely would have lost his kingdom. In such a dangerous situation as this, it is understandable why the Galilean tetrach could not tolerate John’s criticism and his popularity with the masses. Ultimately John’s criticism of Herod Antipas’s divorce and remarriage cost the baptizer his life”

To just get topical on a Christian hot topic like divorce from this passage runs some risks of hurting people who have been the victims of marital relationship gone bad in the 20th and 21st Century.

This text in context is what we will attempt.

Too much you say????!!!! Hahahahaha

Nope… just important if one wants to engage the text ok ok…✌️

First Christian Salina @ 2727 E Crawford 10am

Church/Mark Update

The season of Thanksgiving and Christmas is here. I am excited that we are going to be having the light display up for our church and community to enjoy. The good news is that God is not done with First Christian of Salina! New faces are joining us each week, and some are returning to probably become a regular part of our weekly worship gathering!

Much to be thankful to God for in this season of the year and in this season of our church journey. Our study in Mark’s Gospel has taken a turn toward the second half of the book. As mentioned on Sunday morning, Jesus and his disciples are “on the way” toward Jerusalem. We continue to see that Jesus is more than a prophet and more than just the promised Messiah. The disciples seem to have break through moments of clarity and insight into Jesus, but they struggle of Jesus’ plain language of His soon to be crucifixion and resurrection. We as the reader learn that Jerusalem is where the unthinkable will take place by crucifying Jesus-the-Godman. The disciples are still learning their own future is “on the way” too. This was case for John the Baptist and will be the case for those who decide to follow Jesus. They have been instructed that they will have to pick up their cross. We as the reader/disciples do not get a pass on the cross journey either. 

Our study reminds us that we must have total dependance on God for our lives. Through prayer and faithful trusting we follow the One who not only leads the way but also is the Way. May Christ be fully formed in each of us this season. May we each be reminded the love that God gave us in Jesus Christ. May we be agents of this love and mercy to each person we come in contact with.

It might seem strange to talk about scandalous events of Jerusalem in the season we celebrate the miraculous events of Bethlehem, but this is where each of the Gospels move. 

The good news that a savior is born is the same good news that a savior died for sin and that same good news is that savior Jesus raised back to life!

By way of analogy: Maybe some kids will get presents this year that they didn’t deserve…

In Christ we sure did!

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”

 –Romans 5:8 New Living Translation (NLT)

Merry Christmas

-Pastor Josh