Good evening y’all. Today we are studying Mark 12.
Be blessed 🙂
It’s amazing that the Pharisees and Sadducees were only interested in killing Jesus. They just wanted to get rid of Him because He made them uncomfortable with the truth. Deep in their hearts they knew He was right but they just wouldn’t accept. Their heart was so hard and seared that nothing could penetrate.
Before we go judging them let’s look inward. How do we react when someone tells us the truth? Do we suddenly dislike them and don’t want to have anything to do with them anymore? Do we become offensive and angry?
Let me paint a scenario for you. So you are at church and the Pastor preaches a message that rubs you the wrong way because you know you are guilty of what He preached. So you begin to foam inside and angry and can’t wait for the service to finish so you can leave. You then decide you actually don’t like the church and don’t want to go back. You try to look for other churches that preach the message that suits you and offers you false ego and hope. When people ask you about the church you look for ways to bring it down just because you don’t like to hear the truth. You are comfortable living in your false hope and world.
This is exactly what the Pharisees and Sadducees were doing…. Instead of them to repent, they chose to continue in their sin and pretence. I like how Jesus says in verse 38 – 40 to watch out for these group of people. Righteous outside but on the inside are beyond filthy. For them it’s all a show. They not interested in the real deal.
Are we like the Pharisees…is our heart hard or do we receive the word of God with gladness and allow it do its work in us?
God is looking for those who will love Him sincerely. Not just in words but from their heart.
In verses 29- 30 He says the greatest command is that you love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind.
“Jesus replied, “The one that says, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only God. 30 And you must love him with all your heart and soul and mind and strength.’ (TLB)
if we love God truly our hearts wont be hardened to the truth and our actions will truly reflect our love for God and will transfer to the way we treat our neighbors.
I pray God will give us a heart that’s ready and always willing to do His will. That our hearts wont be hardened to Him but receptive to Him at all times; and we will learn to love Him with all that we are. Amen.
Thanks for joining today. Pls feel free to share your thots on the chapter.
Have a blessed evening 🙂
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