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Here is my SOAP for today, Sunday, October 28, 2018
Job 19 Job’s response to Bildad…
1 “Then Job replied: 2 “How long will you torment me and crush me with words? 3 Ten times now you have reproached me; shamelessly you attack me.”
Mark 1 Mark, for whom this gospel is named, was a close companion of the Apostle Peter and a recurring character in the book of Acts, where he is known as “John whose surname was Mark” (Acts 12:12, 25; 15:37, 39). It was to John Mark’s mother’s home in Jerusalem that Peter went when released from prison (Acts 12:12). John Mark was a cousin of Barnabas (Col. 4:10), who accompanied Paul and Barnabas on Paul’s first missionary journey (Acts 12:25; 13:5). But he deserted them along the way in Perga and returned to Jerusalem (Acts 13:13). When Barnabas wanted Paul to take John Mark on the second missionary journey, Paul refused. The friction which resulted between Paul and Barnabas led to their separation (Acts 15:38–40). gty.org
32 “That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. 33 The whole town gathered at the door, 34 and Jesus healed many who had various diseases.”
Mark 2:15“While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
27 “Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”
It’s amazing how many different events that Mark covers in just the first two chapters. John the Baptist, Jesus’ baptism, calling his disciples, healings, casting out demons, etc. Mark gives brief vignettes…
I love stories that give an account of Jesus eating with “tax collectors and sinners.” They didn’t have a problem with Jesus. The religious people were the ones that had a problem with Jesus. Jesus didn’t condemn the tax collectors and sinners. His harshest words were reserved for the religious leaders.
There is a lot to be learned by reading about how Jesus interacted with various types of people. His philosophy of “It’s not the well that need a doctor… It’s those who are sick that need a doctor.” That gives clear direction as to who believers should spend our time with. It’s important to get outside of our Christian circles and to invest in others who are not believers.
Lord, I pray that You would open the door for me to spend more time with those who don’t know you yet!