Monday, January 8, 2018

Monday, January 8th: Genesis 19-21, Mark 5:1-20 ~ Kaden

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Genesis 19-21, Mark 5:1-20

Genesis 21:12-13 says “Be not displeased because of the boy and because of your slave woman. Whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your offspring be named. 13 And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring.”

When I read this, it reminded me of God's unconditional love. Verse 13 says, "And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring." Here God tells Abraham that even though he made the mistake of sleeping with the slave women, God wants to keep his promise that he made with Abraham and make a nation of his offspring. This shows that no matter what we do, God will always keep his promises that he has made with us.

Mark 5:16-19 "and those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs. 17 And they began to beg Jesus[d] to depart from their region...'Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.'"

Here Jesus performs the miracle of casting away demons from a man. There are two perceptions to this passage, 1) From the possessed man's point of view, and 2) the by stander's point of view. For the man, he experienced the miracle that Jesus displayed, and was full of joy after he was no longer possessed by the unclean spirits, and was now able to see his friends and family. There was also the view of the bystanders, they saw Jesus rid the spirits and cast them into the nearby pigs, they were all struck with fear and then cast Jesus out of their land. The two views represent our relationships with God, either we dive into his word and live out his truths, or we walk away from what he tells us to do, and we no longer know who he is and we become the bystanders scared of the life God wants us to live.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageGenesis 22-24 Mark 5:21-43


Tammy said...

May we choose to walk in the light of Truth, instead of fear.

danae said...

Good points

It’s interesting how, to us, this story is so clear that Jesus was doing incredible things & yet many people feared rather than trusted him.

I wonder how often in my own life I would be able to see God doing incredible things if I would let go of my fear & give it to Him. Really, completely, let go & trust