Mark 13

Vs. 8, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.”  The death toll from the earthquake in Turkey is now 279 as I send out this QT.  Let’s pray for Turkey and that the Lord would use the Christians who are there as comforters and witnesses in this time of chaos.  In this chapter, we have Jesus remind us of the signs of the end of age.  We live in a pretty crazy time, though we do not not the hour or day…let us be ready!

Matthew 13

Vs. 3, “Then he told them many things in parables…”  Parables were a very exciting and wonderful way to share a story!  The Greek meaning behind parable is to “throw alongside”…so technically, Jesus is throwing along a very important truth in a story.  This is a very important chapter because of the truth that is “hidden” in these parables, in part because of the hardened hearts.  We are reminded of the great parable of the sower that really challenges the consideration of our hearts.  In the parable of the weeds, we see us as the fields and Jesus as the sower.  Jesus will one day seperate those who are true and those who are false.  In the parable of the mustard seed and yeast, we see the mustard seed (the church) grow exponentially…but some of that growth isn’t necessarily good.  And the yeast parable speaks of false teaching within the church  The parable of the hiiden treasure and pearls speaks of the value that we have in our salvation, though some will not realize this.  And lastly, the parable of the net is laid out quite clearly, God will seperate the good fish from the bad.

 

Regarding application…Not Accepted.  Vs. 57, “…But Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor.”  Question: How does this apply to us?  While we think only those from Nazareth are at fault here, but I believe we are told this because we are in danger of the same thing.  So often, the world thinks it knows who Jesus is.  Even those who grow up in the church think we know who Jesus is.  And as we grow and begin to understand all that encompasses Jesus, God, & Holy Spirit…we begin to question things.  We begin to pick and choose that which we want to believe.  That is exactly what was happening to those in Nazareth.  Jesus was “not accepted” when they only wanted to believe him in their terms.  Brothers & sisters…we must put all of our chips in for this thing called faith.  Turn to the Lord and let’s make this day His!

Hebrews 13

Vs. 8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”  The author of Hebrews has shared with us a wealth of Biblical truths…and in this chapter we see some of their applications.  From loving others, being hospitable to all (you never know if you are entertainig angels), sympathizing and praying for those who suffer, love shown by committment to the family, doing good to all, and honoring & respecting spiritual leaders.  And the promise we have is that Jesus the Great Shepherd equips His sheep with all that we need!

Regarding application…Turning To Christ.  Vs. 13, “Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore.”  This is in reference to the Jews of the day turning back to Judaism and back to their lives as they once knew it.  Jesus would reject the temple and the city ofJerusalem for their unbelief.  The Jews were holding on to things of this world that have no eternal value.  They were tempted to go back to the city and its ways because it was familiar and easier.  But, literally and figuratively…the temple and city would be destroyed some forty years later.  Likewise our bodies will also be destroyed and die one day.

Question: Why is it so hard to turn to Christ?  Because humiliation and disgrace will follow us if we go outside (our comfort zone) and go to Jesus.  If we are ashamed of Jesus then Jesus will be ashamed of us.  How many times in my own life and the lives of others have I seen us worry more about what others will think….rather than what God will think.  To bear His name, you will bear’s His disgrace.  There are no if’s, and’s or but’s about it.  We turn to Christ because we are reminded in this book of Hebrews all that He is….but more importantly, we turn to Him because His love for us is indescriable.  Being content is not about what we possess…Being content is about having that peace in knowing you are hearing God’s voice and doing His will!