LIFe with God: May 10

Posted on May 10, 2011

Scripture

Mark 6:1-29 (NET)

(1)  Now Jesus left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. (2) When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue. Many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did he get these ideas? And what is this wisdom that has been given to him? What are these miracles that are done through his hands? (3) Isn’t this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And aren’t his sisters here with us?” And so they took offense at him.

(4) Then Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown, and among his relatives, and in his own house.” (5) He was not able to do a miracle there, except to lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. (6) And he was amazed because of their unbelief. Then he went around among the villages and taught.

(7) Jesus called the twelve and began to send them out two by two. He gave them authority over the unclean spirits. (8) He instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff — no bread, no bag, no money in their belts — (9) and to put on sandals but not to wear two tunics. (10) He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the area. (11) If a place will not welcome you or listen to you, as you go out from there, shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”

(12) So they went out and preached that all should repent. (13) They cast out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.

(14) Now King Herod heard this, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead, and because of this, miraculous powers are at work in him.” (15) Others said, “He is Elijah.” Others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets from the past.” (16) But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised!”

(17) For Herod himself had sent men, arrested John, and bound him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod had married her. (18) For John had repeatedly told Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” (19) So Herodias nursed a grudge against him and wanted to kill him. But she could not (20) because Herod stood in awe of John and protected him, since he knew that John was a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard him, he was thoroughly baffled, and yet he liked to listen to John.

(21) But a suitable day came, when Herod gave a banquet on his birthday for his court officials, military commanders, and leaders of Galilee. (22) When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests. The king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you want and I will give it to you.” (23) He swore to her, “Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.”

(24) So she went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?” Her mother said, “The head of John the baptizer.” (25) Immediately she hurried back to the king and made her request: “I want the head of John the Baptist on a platter immediately.” (26) Although it grieved the king deeply, he did not want to reject her request because of his oath and his guests.

(27) So the king sent an executioner at once to bring John’s head, and he went and beheaded John in prison. (28) He brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. (29) When John’s disciples heard this, they came and took his body and placed it in a tomb.

Observation

Why did Jesus say regarding His hometown? Why did Herodias want to have John the Baptist killed?

Application

Do I amaze Jesus with my unbelief? How do I react when someone points out my sin to me?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, I am embarrassed to admit that sometimes the level of my unbelief is amazing. Help me to believe You and please forgive my unbelief! When You use someone to show me an area of sin in my life, may I respond with humility and repentance, not with anger and malice. I ask this in the mighty and precious name of Jesus, my coming King! Amen.

Pray to BLESS!
One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Ken & Twilla Eden (Joshua, Jonathan, Sophia)
  • Gil & Lois Estes
  • Gary Friend
  • Scott & Kristi Guinn

Missionaries:

  • J & G Simon, missionaries to Austria

CLF:

  • Ask that we would be a church that is devoted to true fellowship: Pray that we would be encouraged from being united with Christ, comforted by His love, bonded with His Spirit, tender and compassionate with one another. Pray that we would be like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Ask that we would do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider one another better than ourselves, looking not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of each other. Pray that we would all have the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus.

Community: Pray for outreaches & service projects

  • Creative strategies
  • Volunteers
  • Anointing of the Holy Spirit
  • Believers working together in unity
  • Provision of necessary resources
  • Salvation for people reached

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
With every prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit, and to this end be alert, with all perseverance and requests for all the saints. – Ephesians 6:18

Join Our Email List