Bible Reading and Commentary October 5-10, 2015

Bible Reading and Commentary
October 5-10, 2015

Monday, October 5, Mark 7
Vv. 9-23 — Jesus taught the Pharisees that they needed to make two changes with their thinking on tradition. First of all, they were making tradition more important than the 4th commandment. Their gifts to the Lord, for them, superseded taking care of their parents. Jesus, secondly pointed out to the Pharisees that foods that were unclean (Lev. 11), now were clean (vv. 18-19; Acts 10:7-16; Col. 2:16, 17) Much more important was to feed their hearts and minds correctly with the Gospel in Word and Sacrament. When they did that, out of their mouths would come not something unclean (sinful), but words and actions pleasing to God.

Tuesday, October 6, Mark 8
v. 34 — What does it mean to deny yourself and take up your cross and follow Jesus? What we Christians are to deny is the yeast of the Pharisees. This would be to reject any and all false teachings. Taking up our cross means confessing to others as Peter did, “Jesus is the Christ,” and then, in following Jesus, bearing at times ridicule for such a confession. Through such a confession, sometimes sinners are led to their Savior. Then, again, that confession could bring hostility. Pray for the first result!

Wednesday, October 7, Mark 9
Vv. 17-27 — When you study these verses, bodily possession by Satan was a horrible condition. Much worse is spiritual possession! We are all born into this sad, sinful state (Eph. 2:1,2). How we are freed from it is at Baptism. Read Rom. 6:4. That wondrous freedom is ours through faith in Jesus who freed us from sin, death and hell. “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Rom. 8:1)
Vv. 47-48 — We are not to take verse 47 literally. Jesus does not want us to mutilate our body. What Jesus wants is to get at the root of the problem which causes your body to sin and that’s the heart. Read chapter 7:21-23. Verse 48 (Is. 66:24) here is a description of hell, a place not to be! The only antidote to that is in v. 31 and John 11:25, 26. Read also John 3:16.

Thursday, October 8, Mark 10
Vv. 2-12 — Jesus has some important things to say about marriage in this section. When a man is united to his wife, they are to be yoked together as 2 oxen. As the oxen couldn’t separate until the owner took off the yoke, so marriage also is not to come apart (v. 9) unless God ends it through the death of one partner. While God hates divorce (Mal. 2:15-16), circum-
stances in which divorce is permissible are found in Matt. 5:32 and I Cor. 7:15.
Vv. 32-34 — The disciples were amazed at Jesus’ heroic, courageous confidence as He approached Jerusalem. To take away their fears, notice how Jesus three times assured them of His resurrection from the dead

Friday, October 9, Mark 11
Vv. 7-10 — That Jesus came riding into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey revealed Him not as a political king, but as the Messiah. God promised to free us all from our sin (Cf. Is. 53:5,6). When you compare what happened on Palm Sunday with Zechariah 9:9, you’ll see that Jesus was the Messiah and that God’s Word is the truth!
Vv. 12-14 — Jesus’ action against the fig tree was a picture of His judgment against the spiritual life of the Jews. Because they hardened their hearts against Him and brought forth no fruits of faith, He finally hardened their hearts. Read also chap. 4:13-20. To prevent that from happening, we need to be like the 4th hearer in the parable of the sower.

Saturday, October 10, Mark 12
Vv. 13-17 — The tax the Pharisees and Herodians, supporters of King Herod Antipas, asked about was the Roman poll tax that the Jews hated. Jesus’ answer was one they couldn’t dispute. In it, He separates church and state. We are to support each one. Government protects us (Rom. 13:4). In God’s Kingdom, we are taken care of spiritually by the Lord.
Vv, 18-27 — The Sadduccees were a Jewish, political, religious political party who rejected Christ and believed there was no life after death. Not only does Jesus teach them from the Old Testament that there is a life after death in heaven (vv. 26-27), but He also gives a description of what life will be like in heaven (v. 25).

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