Questions for Reflection for Study of Mark 6-7 

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been reading the book of Mark and receiving a spark to take on the challenges we face.

As pointed out in the post “Plentiful Harvest”, our responsibility is to take in the word from above, share it, and let God do the rest.  Then the harvest will be plentiful.

The spiritual principle illustrated in the post “Light in Darkness” is discovering the great strength we have in God’s assistance along our journey. He is like a lighthouse constantly there to provide the light to our destination.

In the post “Seed to Succeed”, explained is how seeds grow gradually into a harvest. In the same way, God’s Word provides seeds that eventually grow to help us succeed in life.

Some thoughts were posted at “Calming the Storm” about how fear can be overcome as we focus on the help of Christ and His unlimited power to calm the storms. Our fears can subside when we rely on this power to calm the storm and are prepared to take swift action with faith.

In the post “Spirit Aflame”, thoughts were shared about a man possessed by demons who was doomed but with the help of Jesus was changed. Transformed to the point that he enthusiastically became a follower and joyfully told others about what Jesus had done in his life.

The examples given in the post “The Power of Faith” help us realize that we have a power within that can give us a spark for each day as we go to Jesus for help and apply the faith principles taught. One is the woman in the crowd who decided to take care of her health issue by touching Jesus’s cloak. Another example is the church leader named Jairus who went to Jesus when his daughter was sick.

The reading plan below will be used to hold me accountable in sharing about God’s word over the next few weeks. As I share about my study, it’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Christ as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with God amazing!

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Questions for Reflection

Mark 6:1-13
What amazing things has Jesus done so far in the book of Mark? Why are the hometown people skeptical? What course of action does Jesus follow? How successful are the disciples?

Mark 6:14-29
With whom is Jesus identified? What attitude does Herod have toward John? Are there times when you have acted hastily and later regretted your actions? What were the consequences? How can you avoid future conflicts brought on by similar action?

Mark 6:30-44
What is the pace of Jesus and His disciples? What happens to disrupt the day off? How does organization fit into the situation? Have you faced, or are you facing, a humanly impossible situation? How does this incident strengthen your convictions that Jesus is able to meet your needs?

Mark 6:45-56
In dismissing the crowd, how does Jesus meet the disciples? How does Jesus show His complete mastery over nature? Can you think of an experience you’ve gone through in which God did amazing things? How can this experience build your faith for present and future needs?

Mark 7:1-13
What insights do you gain concerning the Pharisees? What is their complaint? How does Jesus turn their attack back on them? What are you doing to use Scripture effectively and wisely?

Mark 7:14-30
Are there things that you take in that ultimately result in negatives that come out? What are you doing to curtail and get rid of these negatives? How does Jesus respond to the Gentile woman who had a daughter possessed by and evil spirit? What hints of future benefit to Gentiles? What do you discover in this passage about unseen qualities like faith, hope, and love that you can apply in life?

Mark 7:31-37

Why did Jesus leave the Decapolis the first time? How can Jesus return now to the Decapolis? In what ways are you astonished at the perfection of God’s creative acts? What effect does your obedience to Jesus have on others?

Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God. 

Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts

Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God: A Daily Study Guide to the Entire Bible. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1978. Print. 
“Sermons.” Sermons | FUMC Waco. N.p., n.d. Web.  <http://fumcwaco.org/resources/sermons/>.
“Bible.” The Bible – The Word of God – ChristNotes. N.p., n.d. Web. 2017. <http://www.christianity.com/bible/>.
Nicholes, Lou. “Recent Commentaries.” Family-Times.net – Devotional Commentary Index. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.family-times.net/commentary/>.
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“BibleGateway.” BibleGateway.com: A Searchable Online Bible in over 150 Versions and 50 Languages. N.p., n.d. Web. <https://www.biblegateway.com/>. 

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The Same Power that Lives in Us

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. – Psalm 145:18

I remember years ago when my daughter’s iPad would not work. The problem was it had lost its connection with the Wi-Fi. Sometimes we can have days where we just don’t feel connected spiritually. Being connected spiritually makes a big difference in our desire to have a good day rather than a bad one.

In the post, “The Power of Faith”, the woman in the crowd decided to take care of her health issue by touching Jesus’s cloak. The church leader named Jairus went to Jesus when his daughter was sick. In the same way today, our needs are met when we go to Jesus for help and apply the faith principles taught.

Jesus demonstrated control and authority over physics and even life. Because of Jesus, we become anchored to the power of faith that can handle any situation because there is courage, steadfastness, and the strength to bear adversity.

Take inspiration from the song The Same Power by Jeremy Camp and know that God is big enough to help us with this same power that rose Jesus from the grave. The same power that commands the dead to wake, that moves mountains when He speaks, and that calms a raging sea. The same power that lives in us.

 

 

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The Power of Faith

We gain experience in life by observing the things around us. We learn about gravity and when we drop something, it falls to the ground. When we go into deep water, we sink. When we are told bad news and things seem to be impossible like the examples today in the passage Mark 5:21-43, many just accept and go on about their business. But the impossible becomes possible with the author of “Good News”. He has command of physics … He has command of life and death.

Jesus believes every person is important and goes out of His way to heal a person. In today’s passage, Jesus is told about a sick girl that needs healing. Jesus follows the girl’s father named Jairus who was a synagogue leader.

On the way through crowds of people, a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years touched the cloak of Jesus and was healed (v.24-29). Immediately the bleeding stopped and the suffering was gone. Her faith had healed.

We get evidence that Jesus has full knowledge of needs and is in control of situations. He knew that the woman had touched His cloak because He felt the power that had gone out from Him (v. 30). Most people would have continued to go through the crowd trying to get to the very sick girl but Jesus didn’t take it as an interruption. He was in total control of every situation.

Even though He was told the young girl had died, He knew otherwise and said she was only asleep (v. 39). He continued until He got to the girl and with just a few words, brought life back into the girl. Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (v. 42).

Because of our faith, we too can respond to interruptions and delays with composure. As we learn more of Jesus’ control and authority, we become more anchored to our faith. We gain power from Jesus and can take on the challenges before us.

If we feel we are in desperate situations, we can ask for help and with the same power demonstrated in today’s passage, the impossible can become possible. We can be strengthened, receive healing, gain courage, steadfastness, and be able to bear adversity in order to get through the challenges ahead.

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This day with You Lord, we have put some time into learning about the power of faith. Some things in life seem impossible but with You the author of Good News, the impossible suddenly becomes possible. We trust in You because You first loved us. We lay down our fears today and trust in Your call for us as we step ahead in faith knowing that Your power will be dispersed to make amazing things happen. Amen.

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