Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Wednesday, February 4th: Isaiah 34-36, Mark 9: 1-29
In the first two chapters that we're reading (34 and 35), we read a description of what will happen to those who oppose and to those who live for God.
Chapter 34 sounds a lot like some of the descriptions we hear about what Hell will be like, with fire burning continuously (verse 9).
Chapter 35 sounds more like what Heaven will be like. We read here about the weak becoming strong again (verse 3) and also how the crippled will be healed (verses 5 and 6), and of a land that is safe to be in where their's genuine happiness.
In both these chapters we get a good idea of what the power of God can, and will, do. If we imagine being part of this, we all of a sudden gain a tremendous amount of respect and reverence for God. I'm glad He is in control and I can live for Him.
In the reading from Mark, I took note of the conversation between the father of the demon possessed boy, and Jesus. The father (no mention of the mother) was busy raising his "sick" son, it mentions in verse 22 how he had to rescue his son from near death a few times. He desperately wants his son healed (verse 24) and takes him first to Jesus' followers and then to Jesus, but he shows in verse 22b that he has doubts that Jesus can heal his son. Even though the father has a slight doubt that Jesus can do the job, Jesus heals his son anyway.
This reminds me of how even though I'm a dirty sinner who also has doubts at times, Jesus still loved me enough to die for me and forgive me and to give me another chance. How could I not be more motivated to do my best for Him!