And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.Mark 14:22 (KJV)
Imagine for a second that Yeshua went to a synagogue or church to break bread on the Passover evening. Walking in, Yeshua would be invited to sit somewhere special as a recognized rabbi. His disciples would sit elsewhere among the crowd of strangers. Those heading the service may not even give Yeshua an opportunity to speak during the occasion. This is most likely the experience of everyone who gathers in a church during Passover.
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And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey;
Mark 1:6 (KJV)
Wild honey – I often thought of John as a beekeeper out in the wilderness. He somehow cultivated hives and gathered bees and the bees in turn would gather pollen from the flowers and create honey. Or maybe John would just find natural hives and harvest the wild honey as he went along in the wilderness. But I was wrong. Continue reading “Wild Honey”
Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon?
Mark 6:3 (KJV)
Carpenter – Have you ever been to Israel? If not, then this verse probably holds no real challenge, but if you have, or have studied the environment, you might take issue with Yeshua’s occupation. Continue reading “An Impossible Occupation”
Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
Mark 10:21 (KJV)
Follow me – To put this in context, a man asks Yeshua what he must do to inherit eternal life. Yeshua then tells this man that he must keep the commandments. When the man responds that he has kept the commandments from his youth, Yeshua tells this man to sell all he has and follow him. Continue reading “Follow Me”
And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Mark 8:34 (KJV)
Deny – Once, a few years back, during a break in the church service, a minister walked up to me with tears in his eyes and quoted this verse to me. I immediately teared up myself and felt convicted to the core. These were beautiful words that expressed a purely wonderful thing. I had to deny myself. But when I contemplated these words, while they were inspiring, how was I supposed to do it – how was I supposed to deny myself? Continue reading “Deny Oneself”