Bible Reading and Commentary October 12-17, 2015

Bible Reading and Commentary
October 12-17, 2015

Monday, October 12, Mark 13
Vv. 7-8 — Signs to remind us down through the ages that the end is coming are found in vv. 7-8. Are we close to the end? Some indications are found in vv. 10 & 22. Read also Matt. 24:11-14.Those days will be hard. Jesus says in v. 20 that, for the sake of the elect whom He has chosen, He has shortened them. Our comfort in all of this is that, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.” (v. 31) God’s Word, then, will always be there for us, to comfort us, strengthen us, uplift us, support us and keep us faithful until the end.

Tuesday, October 13, Mark 14:1-11
v. 4-5 — According to John 12:4-6, Judas was the spokesman for those who objected to Mary’s gift. What controlled his heart was greed. It eventually led to his betrayal and rejection of Jesus. Some in the Christian Church have followed Judas’ example. Mary, identified in John 12:2-3 as the sister of Lazarus, is the example for us to follow. She was saved not because of her generosity, but because of her faith and trust in Jesus, her Savior. Those kinds of hearts will respond generously to the needs of others, especially to their spiritual needs.

Wednesday, October 14, Mark 14:12-42
v. 18 — Christ’s betrayal by Judas was foretold in Ps. 41:9, “Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against Me.”
Vv. 22-24 — Jesus instituted the Lord’s supper on the night of His betrayal. It certainly helped the disciples who were weak in faith, to stay faithful to Jesus. As we, too, often, together with the bread and wine, receive Jesus’ true body and blood, our faith will be strengthened and we will be assured that eternal life is ours.
v. 36 — The cup Jesus asked the Father to take from Him was filled with the concentrated wrath and the anger of God against our sins. Jesus didn’t reject the horrible punishment of being our sin-bearer. He said, “Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

Thursday, October 15, Mark 14:43-72
v. 72 — There are 3 reactions to sin. One is to defend our actions and claim that we have our rights. The second is to shed tears over sin and then despair. The third way is to shed tears over sin and throw ourselves on God’s mercy. Which is correct? The first one described ends in hell. “The soul who sins is the one who will die.” (Ez. 18:20) The second one also ends in hell. Judas was an example of that. In despair, he committed suicide. Without true repentance, his life ended in hell. The correct way to deal with sin is to be sincerely sorry for our sins as Peter was, and rest our case on Jesus. Peter gives us the blessed result of that in his epistle: “You were redeemed with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” (I Peter 1:18, 19)

Friday, October 16, Mark 15
Vv. 12-15 — Pilate here revealed that he didn’t deserve to rule. A king who has been given the authority to rule is expected to carry out that responsibility justly. Pilate, however, was weak and spineless. He thought more of his job than he did of justice.
v. 34 — These are words we’ll never fully understand.
They are quoted by David in Ps. 22:1. In that forsakenness, Jesus alone faced for us the terrifying wrath of God against our sins and those of the world, and he faced the awesome powers of hell. Because Jesus cried out with a loud voice (v. 37), “It is finished,” (John 19:30) and committed His soul to His heavenly Father (Luke 23:46), that assures us that sin, death and hell had been vanquished.

Saturday, October 17, Mark 16
v. 6 — What’s the happiest sentence ever spoken? It has to be these words of the angel. It assures us Christ’s work of salvation was perfectly completed. Our life in heaven after death is now a certainty. How do we show our appreciation for that unsurpassing gift of eternal life? Jesus gives us the answer when He says, “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. 15-16)

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