Feb 26, 2020

Avoid Temptations (Mark 9:42 50)

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#*This story comes right after Jesus tells the disciples that no one could be against them. He is telling them that no matter even if no one can conquer them, there will still be temptations that come their way. Jesus then goes onto explain that it is better to sever limbs than to give into temptation. He does not mean this literally, but is rather using a dramatic situation to convey the gravity of the situation.  
 
#*This story comes right after Jesus tells the disciples that no one could be against them. He is telling them that no matter even if no one can conquer them, there will still be temptations that come their way. Jesus then goes onto explain that it is better to sever limbs than to give into temptation. He does not mean this literally, but is rather using a dramatic situation to convey the gravity of the situation.  
 
#Why does Mark choose to put this story here?
 
#Why does Mark choose to put this story here?
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#*He puts this story right in between his teachings on how people that don't follow them are people who support them and divorce.
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#*This is an interesting place to put this, but really it makes a lot of sense. Jesus just warned the disciples about harming people who support them but do not follow them. There the disciples were willing to hurt someone or at the least stop the man from teaching his name without them knowing. In verse 42, he is telling them that it is much worse for a person to cause another to sin than to be the sinner.
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#How is Mark supporting his theme and thesis with this story?
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#* The first eight chapters were about Mark providing example after example of Jesus' authority. Now he has moved on in chapters 8-10. Now, Mark is trying to explain what it really means to follow Christ.
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#*While people knew who Jesus was and what he did, it does not mean they know how to follow him. They understand what sin is, but they do not understand how serious it is. In the Old Testament, when people sinned against God, they would just sacrifice a pure animal to the Lord and forget the sin ever happened. Jesus is now teaching that


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