Lying in wait

Mark 3:2: It seems that despite Jesus demonstrating that He had the power to heal and despite His teaching on the Kingdom of God the Pharisees were intent on finding wrong in Jesus in order to discredit Him. A Pharisee even told Jesus that they knew that He was a teacher who had come from God (John 3:2). But Jesus was disturbing the well order life Continue reading

The Old and the New

Mark 2:18-22: Jesus is faced with another criticism of His work and the actions of His disciples. People were wondering why Jesus’ disciples weren’t more spiritual because they weren’t fasting like the Pharisees and John’s disciples. Once again people were confusing outward appearance and inner spiritual reality. We’ve already discovered that Jesus put more importance on the inner spiritual life but as usual people expect appearances and practices to accompany the spiritual life. Continue reading