November 28, 2017
Read: Mark 9:38-50
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Scripture- Mark 9:43- If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand than to go into the unquenchable fires of hell with two hands.
Observations- Whenever someone asks me if I take the Bible literally, I say "I take the Bible literally when that's what is intended, and I always take the Bible seriously." Here is a perfect case in point. Does Jesus Himself expect this to be taken literally by His followers or is He speaking in hyperbole to get people to wake up and pay attention? Given that we have no record of first century followers of Jesus walking around with one hand we are free to presume that Jesus was encouraging people to seriously consider the danger of treating eternity with little regard.
Application- What is it that leads you to miss the mark of God's full intention in your one and only eternal life that begins here and now and extends beyond any boundaries we can imagine? Jesus says for us to excise it, cut it out, eliminate from our lives. Whatever it is Jesus declares that it isn't worth keeping us from missing out on all that God has in store for us today, tomorrow, and forever.
Prayer- Lord, it's so easy for me to slide through life without taking much of what Your Word says literally or seriously. I repent and turn in a new direction. When Your Word is clear about being taken literally, never let me shy away from such truth, but help me live it out in a way that helps other people see Jesus. Never let me be guilty of not taking Your Word seriously for Your glory. Amen.
"He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed." (1 Peter 2:24),