Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Tuesday, January 27th: Isaiah 14-16, Mark 4:21-41 ~ Nathan
In chapters 14 and 15 we see that no man-made kingdom on earth will last forever. The kingdoms of Babylon, Moab, and the Philistines all made God's people suffer and now are no more. The Israelites kept rebelling against God, but he still loved them enough to send a Savior (chapter 16:5).
In Mark 4:21-24 we read about the lamp on a stand. At first, while reading, I assume we're going to read about letting our light shine to an unsaved world. In my head I can remember that chorus from childhood about "this little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine...", I almost had to stop myself from sticking up my finger and blowing on it!
Seriously, this portion talks instead about using a lamp to make known what is concealed. We turn a light on in a room so we can see what we need to when we enter, it helps us avoid danger. That in a lot of ways is what reading and doing this blog is about, we read scripture and study it (turning a light on) in order to help see and avoid danger (sinning against God).
Later in verses 30-33 we read about the tiny mustard seed, and how a tiny seed can lead to a huge plant that gives the birds a place to rest. This should motivate us to do any small thing for God, it can lead to something great. We also read this in the previous parable about the growing seed.