Thursday, September 17, 2015

Starting Out Well-Intentioned, Too Quick to Fret and Worry, and Enough is Enough! Posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling

Then He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in His doctrine: Hearken: Behold, there went out a sower to sow.  And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.  And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:  But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.  And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.  And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.  And He said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.  Mark Chapter 4, verses 2- 9. 
And He said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?  The sower soweth the Word.  And these are they by the way side, where the Word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the Word that was sown in their hearts.  And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who when they have heard the Word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the Word’s sake immediately they are offended.  And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the Word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the Word, and it becometh unfruitful.  And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the Word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.  And He said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?  For there is nothing hid which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.  If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.  Mark, Chapter 4, verses 13-23.

Since many who hear the message of Salvation, start out well-intentioned but are led astray, it’s important for me to not take my faith for granted.  It’s something that needs to be an integral part of my everyday life.  I should live my faith outwardly and develop it further so I don’t become vulnerable to the influences of others and the world. Click on the Post title to read a related Bible passage.

He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat.  And they say unto Him, Shall we go and buy two hundred penny worth of bread, and give them to eat?  He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? Go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.  And He commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.  And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.  And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, He looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them: and the two fishes divided He among them all.  And they did all eat, and were filled.  And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes.  And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.  Mark, Chapter 6, verses 37-44.
I had always enjoyed reading about this miracle that Jesus did, but I was really surprised when I was reading the Bible and found there was another time Jesus fed the multitudes.  At first, I thought it was a different disciple telling about the loaves and fishes and was just off on some of the basic facts a little.  Then after reading the Bible many times, I realized it was Mark who told about the first feeding of the five thousand and he was the same one who told about the feeding of four thousand.  These were two different, but similar miracles that Jesus did.
In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples unto Him, and saith unto them, I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with Me three days, and have nothing to eat: And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far.  And His disciples answered Him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness? And He asked them, How many loaves have ye?  And they said, Seven.  And He commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and He took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to His disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people.  And they had a few small fishes and He blessed, and commanded to set them also before them.  So they did eat, and were filled, and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets.  And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and He sent them away.  Mark, Chapter 8, verses 1-9.
This amazed me, but I still figured I must be mistaken.  This next passage, also written by Mark, puts the whole thing together.
And He left them, and entering into the ship again departed to the other side.  Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf.  And He charged them saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.  And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread.  And when Jesus knew it. He saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread?  Perceive ye not yet, neither understand? Have ye your heart yet hardened?  Having eyes, see ye not? And having ears, hear ye not? And do ye not remember?  When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up?  They say unto Him, Twelve.  And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up?  And they say Seven.  And He said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?  Mark, Chapter 8, verses 13-21.
I know, I know! This may not be the most profound religious experience you have ever had.  I just thought it was interesting to know that there were two totally different times that Jesus provided food for the multitudes and Mark told about both of them.  It influenced me to start reading more in-depth to not miss the details.  Then, Jesus refers to both miracles when He asks His Disciples why they were so worried about having enough food; didn’t they remember the two recent miracles He had done in their midst?
I guess the lesson I would get out of all of this is to remember that God does so much for me.  He provides for my every need.  He gets me through all types of situations.  Now, do I remember these things when I’m faced with uncertainty?  Nope!  Just like the disciples, I’m too quick to fret and worry about things, forgetting God will provide for all my needs and take care of me, if I let Him. Click on the Post title to read related Bible passages.

And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.  And He taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.  Mark, Chapter 11, verses 15-17.

I think this passage shows a time where even Jesus says through His actions, “Enough Is Enough!”  It really got me thinking.  Generally, I hide behind my Christian faith to justify my passive interactions.  In this instance, Jesus didn’t handle the situation in a passive manner.  It leads me to believe there are times that stronger actions are needed to get the point across!  Anything less, would be condoning the inappropriate behavior or situation.
This reminds me of a Cultural Diversity training my husband arranged for co-workers.  They were talking about being in a situation where someone is putting down others whether for racial, gender, sexual reasons or otherwise.  They said to just stand there and not say anything is the same as participating in the put-downs, because our lack of action condones that behavior.  They said people should actually take a stand and tell the ones making the rude comments that we find them objectionable and would prefer that they discontinue them immediately.
Now, the passive side of me that doesn’t want to stand out in a crowd has to come to terms with this one.  Not only am I drawing attention to myself, I am also risking the possibility that someone may get angry with me or disapprove of my opinion.  Jesus took an active stand on an important issue and I think that I need to work on being able to confront people who are belittling others, despite my insecurities.  Jesus didn’t stop and think, “Now, if I tell them to quit selling all their wares in the church, they may be angry with Me.  Maybe I shouldn’t risk this because they might not like Me anymore.”  He took action because He knew it was wrong!  I need to take action because I know belittling others is wrong! Click on the post title to read other related Bible passages.

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