Mark 9c Notes

Mark9c (vs30-41)                                      Notes



30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee.


Leaving Caesarea Philipi after the transfiguration &   difficult dumb demon.


And He did not want anyone to know,


Seeking to pass quietly through Galilee this final time -   and press on toward Jerusalem.


31 For He was teaching His disciples, saying to them,


Time is short to prepare these chosen men for trials &   work to come.


"The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of   men, and they will kill Him.


This His 3rd witness to upcoming sacrifice.   Allowed to do as men want, they will kill their Savior!                                        Note1


And when He is killed, after three days He will rise."


Repetitive mention of death. Yet, always with certainty of   Resurrection: "He will."


32 But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid   to ask Him.


The mind will not accept the dread for which it is not   prepared - & does not want.                                                             Note2



Note1 So foreign to our idea of a Deliverer, that His death should be part of the plan, Jesus mentions it now for the 3rd time. He wants the 12 at least to be prepared for this great event, not to fail in their faith toward Him. Yet, they still forsook Him and fled.


Note2 How often we compound our ignorance by not inquiring! Fear keeps us from advancing past our barriers and cuts off our growth. No progress can be made to a closed mind. By failure to learn, we digress further away from God's plan for us.



33 And they came to Capernaum.   And when He was in the house, He asked them,


Last visit at Peter's home. In this familiar setting to   settle a persistent issue.


"What were you discussing on the way?"


Some debate among themselves had occupied their talk in   previous travel.


34 But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued   with one another about who was the greatest.


Ashamed to say. Excited by anticipation of Messiah's rule,   they jockey for positions. How honest this report of their foolishness.


35 And He sat down and called the twelve.


Taking the teaching seat, Jesus gathers his students close   for a lesson.                 Note3


And He said to them, "If anyone would be first, he must be   last of all and servant of all."


Like the Master, Who came to serve. Let us aspire to   lowliness, putting God & others first. Allowing Him to promote as He   will.                                                             Note4


36 And He took a child and put him in the midst of them,   and taking him in His arms, He said to them,


Bringing this small person into their midst and wrapping   him in arms as He speaks. Look at Jesus & child as like examples.


37 "Whoever receives one such child in My name receives   Me, and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me."


Welcome hospitably the simple and lowly -- in service to   the Lord Jesus -- and so welcome Jesus Himself and His Father God. How He   takes this personally.



Note3 Were every one of the 12 apostles of Christ involved in fighting for 1st place in His kingdom? If there were some who did not push for this position with selfish ambition, He still would instruct them all. It is a common human attitude -- for greatness -- that must be dealt with in all of us.


Note4 In short: the path to greatness is service. The way UP is DOWN. "Jesus wants us to embrace LAST as a choice" (Grizak). Greatness is NOT seen in how many serve you, but in how many you serve.


This does not abolish ambition, but redefines and recreates it -- in Christ's image.



38 John said to Him, "Teacher we saw someone casting out   demons in your name,


It amazed John that an outsider could do what they had   just failed to do.          Note5


and we tried to stop him, because he was not following   us."


Mindset of exclusive fellowship. This narrow view is blind   to fruit in evidence -- this man is doing the same work!       Note6


39 But Jesus said, "Do not stop him, for no one who does a   might work in My name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of Me.


IS this unknown disciple hurting His cause? Is he not   spreading the name of Jesus? Do not discourage what is promoting the kingdom of God.


40 For the one who is not against us is for us.


Then, he is on their side, though not in their immediate   company. Welcome him.   Note7


41 For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of   water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his   reward."


We expect to be welcomed, supported. Why? For doing the   God's work. Then we must support those doing the Lord's work -- and encourage   them to belong to Him.



Note5 Prophetically, Jesus has just urged them to welcome others, and here John confesses they did not! Or, John bravely seeks refinement or elaboration on the Lord's theme to welcome others. Do we receive any and all comers?


It is notable that others not of the 12 would have this ability -- and exercise it using the name of Jesus. Disciples of various Rabbis did cast out demons (Mt12.27). Here the circle of Jesus' followers is extended beyond their view. The cause is greater than they perceive. God is doing so much in the world. His cause is much greater than just us.


Note6 Why DID this faithful worker NOT follow Jesus by joining His immediate disciples? We can only guess at some probable causes: lack of knowledge or opportunity. Or the Lord's deliberately holding a circle of friends wider than the 12. These secondary disciples would come into play for His cause in a broader field of influence.


Note7 An extreme example: Paul says some preach the Messiah from envy (Phil1.15-18). They took advantage of Paul's curtailment in prison to 'out-Paul' even Paul, showing themselves better than the great apostle. This was not a good motive for preaching, but Paul was still glad they proclaimed Jesus.

notes by David Teel Sunday, June 29, 2014