Insider vs. Outsider Mark 9:38-50
This morning as you enter church and look around you will notice that Pastor Larry is not here. You may be asking am I in the right place or am I an “insider or outsider.” In the Gospel text for today we hear the Apostle John reporting to Jesus “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.” I wonder what was going on in the disciples’ minds.
Who Wants to be First? Mark 9:30-37
Whose glory do you seek? There can be no share in God’s glory without the cross. When Jesus prophesied his own betrayal and crucifixion, it did not make any sense to his disciples because it did not fit their understanding of what the Messiah came to do. And they were afraid to ask further questions! Like a person who might receive a bad verdict from the doctor and then refuse to ask further questions, they, too, didn’t want to know any more. How often do we reject what we do not wish to see? We have heard the good news of God’s word and we know the consequences of accepting it or rejecting it. But do we give it our full allegiance and mold our lives according to it? Ask the Lord to fill you with his Holy Spirit and to inspire within you a reverence for his word and a readiness to obey it.
Ruth- The Outcast Ruth 1:16
Where you taught the story of Ruth as a story of widowed daughter in law who showed unbelievable love and faithfulness to her destitute heartbroken widowed mother in law? That part of the story is accurate in that Ruth said to her mother in law, Naomi, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Ruth 1:16