Bible Reading and Commentary September 28 – October 3, 2015

Bible Reading and Commentary
September 28 – October 3, 2015

MARK — Mark is the shortest of the Gospels. This book deals in greater detail with our Lord’s acts than with His sayings. Mark wrote with the Gentiles in mind. His account opens our eyes to see that while Jesus is a man, He also is the very Son of God, the Savior of all mankind.

Monday, September 28, Mark 1
v. 8 — John the Baptist baptized with water. This is the same baptism Jesus instituted for all of us in Matt. 28:19. The baptism John is referring to in v. 8, Jesus speaks of to His disciples just before His ascension into heaven (Acts 1:5). This baptism was an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the disciples on the day of Pentecost. (Acts 2:2-4)
v. 30 — The Roman Catholic Church denies marriage to their priests. However, Peter, whom they claim to be the first Pope, was married. Cf. I Cor. 9:5.

Tuesday, September 29, Mark 2
v. 9 — Jesus’ argument is, “If I can do what appears to you to be the more difficult and heal the paralytic, then I also have the power to do the other and say, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ ” Both took divine power.
Vv. 21-22 — The new cloth and new wineskin represent the Gospel. The old garment and old wineskin represent the Law. As it was impractical and unwise to use an old wineskin with a new one, so it goes with the Law and Gospel. They are not to be combined. The Law condemns us. The Gospel saves us. To add the Law to the Gospel won’t save us. It will destroy us. Read Gal. 2:16.

Wednesday, September 30, Mark 3
Vv. 13-19 — Of the 12 disciples, none were priests or teachers of the Law. Most were common, ordinary people. Four were fishermen. All but one were Galileans. One was a tax collector and another, a past member of a rebel political party (Simon, the Zealot).
Vv. 28-29 — Which is the unpardonable sin? Jesus speaks of it in v. 29. It is that sin where we, who have been brought to faith, now coldly and persistently reject the means through which the Holy Spirit brings and keeps us in faith. Those means are the Gospel in Word and Sacrament.

Thursday, October 1, Mark 4
Vv. 1-20 — In the parable of the sower or farmer, the seed is God’s Word. As the farmer casts his seed, so we are to spread God’s Word. Our response to God’s Word must be like the 4th hearer (v. 20). The first three hearers were lost and ended up in hell. Only the 4th hearer was saved. The 4th hearer accepted the Word and didn’t reject it. To the 4th hearer, the Word was more precious than thousands of pieces of gold or silver (Ps. 119:72). Which hearer are you?

Friday, October 2 Mark 5
Vv. 35-42 — When Jesus raised Jairus’ daughter from death to life, He taught the Jews and us two important things which give us joy beyond all gladness. Not only is He the master of death, but He also speaks of death as a sleep from which we wake up in Paradise. Jesus’ defeat of sin, death, and hell at Calvary’s cross and His glorious resurrection from the dead assure us as Jesus said, “I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.” (John 11:25-26).

Saturday, October 3, Mark 6
Vv. 1-3 — Why did the people of Nazareth reject Jesus? They refused to see themselves as sinners. They probably failed to compare Old Testament prophecies about Jesus, to Jesus. They failed to check up on the authenticity of Jesus’ miracles. Had they done all three, they would have had the same courage and hope to face death as John the Baptist had who was beheaded by Herod. For us to stay convinced as to who Jesus is, we need humbly to search the Word of God. We also need to permit God’s Word to be a lamp to our feet and a light for our path.
Vv. 27-28 — We need not feel sorry for the Christian who dies tragically in life, as John did. His life continues in ultimate, perfect joy and happiness in heaven. Feel sorry, rather, for the Herods who are heading for hell. We need to bring them the hope of eternal life as Jesus commands us in Mark 16:15, 16, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
Vv. 30-44 — Were you impressed with Jesus’ feeding the 5,000 with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish? Much more impressive is the fact that Jesus is the Bread of Life. Why? The answer is in John 6:32-35, 40.

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