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Jesus walking on the water

Jesus has just fed a crowd of more than 5000 people using one child’s lunch so how does He follow that up? By slowing things down and spending time with His Father, feeding His soul and replenishing His batteries… after which He is right back at it as He catches up with His crew by taking a stroll on the lake to meet them…

Come and take a listen as we read Mark 6 verse 45 to 56

[to read the next passage on The Traditions of man vs. The things of God, click here]

this psalm is like a shout out to the world – to those who are rich and those who are poor – with the major theme being the question of where you put your trust. the psalmist suggests that putting your truth in your wealth is not a sign of wisdom:

‘Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me — those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches?’ [5,6]

‘For all can see that the wise die, that the foolish and the senseless also perish, leaving their wealth to others’ [10]

‘People, despite their wealth, do not endure; they are like the beasts that perish.’ [12]

‘This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings. They are like sheep and are destined to die; death will be their shepherd (but the upright will prevail over them in the morning). Their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions.’ [13,14]

‘People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish.’ [20]

Kind of a, “Yes, you have money now, but one day you will die [like everyone else] and then what good will your money have done you?

A warning to those who are rich to make sure that life goes beyond their riches – that the ‘life to the full’ they may feel like they are living now also extends into an everlasting life to the full.

And a warning or maybe comforting reminder to those who are not rich to not get caught up in envying those who are or distracted by the wealth of others but to focus on living well here and also take heart in the fact that we do look to life beyond this one.

‘But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; He will surely take me to himself.’ [15]

[To return to the Intro page and be connected to any of the other Psalms i have walked through before now, click here]

Wow, this is a great little psalm – just a delightful praise-filled mantra, but there were one or two lines which really jumped out at me:

verse 9 reads, ‘Within your temple, O God,  we meditate on your unfailing love.’

if you read the second half of the Bible carefully, you quickly find out that God’s temple is us – the Holy Spirit of Jesus resides in us, guiding and nudging and pointing us back towards God…

and so in that temple [within ourselves] we should be meditating on the Father’s unfailing Love.

we had dinner with friends of ours last night and were talking about some of the things we had loved about our time with the Simple Way in Philadelphia and one of those was the morning prayer times we did monday to friday. we were introduced to a form of liturgy we were not used to and for that reason perhaps really grew to like it as a different expression of worship to God. [you can access some of what we did in the book of Common Prayer on the commonprayer.net website which i was exploring before we went over]

last night we spoke about how a lot of people don’t meditate on God a lot – it’s the ‘be still and KNOW that i am God’ of psalm 46 – and it is a great ongoing reminder that this story is all about Him and not us [how we do like to think it is!] and so creating places to stop and just be still and know and then also to meditate, deeply experience and feel and think upon, on His Love which is unfailing.

i also really enjoyed the ending to this psalm:

Walk about Zion, go around her, count her towers, consider well her ramparts,
    view her citadels, that you may tell of them to the next generation.

For this God is our God for ever and ever;
    he will be our guide even to the end.

[verse 12-14]

for me it’s the reminder to talk it all in, to remember, drink it in and soak in the goodness of God right now so that when there is a time when God may not feel so good [and there will be] you will be reminded of times past and be able to continue telling the victorious stories[which are often all that keeps us going when times are hard] – it just feels like such a triumphant victorious and celebrationary ending to this testament of praise.

[To return to the Intro page and be connected to any of the other Psalms i have walked through before now, click here]

i have no idea why i start this in my cartoon voice, but if you can get past that [i do, quickly] then it is a continuation of the gospel of Mark, and a look at the first 6 verses of Mark chapter 3.

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Jesus does a really great thing. And the ‘christians’ respond in anger because He didn’t do it ‘the right way’ – wow, this one took my by surprise a little – if you watch carefully, you might catch a moment where i get a little emotional [which i wasn’t expecting at all, just got completely moved by the content]

this is a challenging read of the story. not just what did Jesus do? but really, what does it mean to us? what ‘christian laws and rules’ are we putting in place that hamper the work of the kingdom?

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Mark 3 verse 1-6

if you feel this one hits the #cough# mark, then please share it and get your friends to watch cos i really believe this is a powerful message… and one we really need to ask honestly of ourselves, our small groups and the church meetings we are a part of…

to continue on to Jesus and leadership, click here

Moving on to Mark 2 verse 23 to 28 and the tricky question of whether we obey the biblical law to the absolute letter or whether by sometimes doing that we can perhaps miss out on the heart of the law and the foundational message of ‘Love God, Love people’ message that Jesus spoke.

to continue on to ‘Jesus has a death wish?’ click here

this is a short psalm with one of the most powerful endings… in the middle of what is clearly a lonely, worrying, desolate time, still the psalmist realises and remembers where his hope lies and that is with God and so he pleads his case, ending with:

‘Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.’ [vs.5]

the word ‘yet’ is very powerful for me here – even though circumstances may not give the look or feel that God is in control, my response is still going to be to praise Him, because deep within me i know that i know that i KNOW that He is faithful and can bring good out of any circumstances.

i am reminded of two of Job’s early prayers/statements:

‘At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said:

‘“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. 
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”

In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.’ [Job 1.20-22]

‘His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”

 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”

In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.’ [Job 2.9-10]

and Romans 8.28:

‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’

where does your hope lie?

[To return to the Intro page and be connected to any of the other Psalms i have walked through before now, click here]

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