Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Tuesday, January 2: Genesis 1-3, Mark 1:29-45 ~ Danae

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Genesis 4-6, Mark 1:29-45

I'm doing the New Testament portion of the reading plan this year & so my posts will be based on that portion.

Mark 1:40-41-
A man with a skin disease came to Jesus. He fell to his knees & begged Jesus, "You can heal me if you will."  Jesus felt sorry for the man, so he reached out his hand & touched him & said, "I will. Be healed!"

Jesus shows love & compassion first!

A man with leprosy would have been outcast. He probably would have had very limited contact with others & likely no physical contact in a long time. I can imagine he would have felt very lonely but more than that I believe each person longs for physical touch. Some maybe wouldn't agree with that as they may not be "huggers" but I think deep down each person needs to physically feel loved.  Just a touch, a hand on the shoulder or a hug can be huge to a person all alone.

Jesus, before saying anything, reached out & touched him. He showed his love & concern first.  The healing came but he showed his love while the man was still unclean.

God doesn’t wait for us to be “clean,” or perfect to love us. He loves us first and he waits for us.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Genesis 7-9, Mark 2


Nathan said...

Genesis 6:22
Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.

Noah followed God's instructions, even though they may have seemed strange to others around, and was saved. A great example for us.

Tammy said...

I love the point that Jesus showed love to the man while he was still unclean!

Miriam said...

I am going to be following along with the New Testament portion of the reading plan this year. Sorry, I am a little behind already! The verse that stood out to me was the 2nd part of verse 34 where it says "... he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was."

We fear evil, but here Jesus demonstrates such power over the evil spirits. There is healthy fear - fear that tells us not to touch a hot element because we will be burned - and there is unhealthy fear - it causes us to make decisions from fear of what may be rather than a place of faith that God will lead us. Do we fear evil more than we have faith in Jesus' power over it?