Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Blogging Through the Gospels Mark 6

Scripture ~ Mark 6:11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them.  Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

Observation ~ Jesus knew that there would be times and places where people would simply refuse to receive the disciples in hospitality, and refuse to listen to biblical ideas.

Application ~ Have you ever had to tell someone (believer or non-believer) something they needed to hear but didn't want to?  And as you're talking they're sitting there looking as though they're paying attention but are really just pacifying you with a performance and hoping you'll stop soon because they have no interest in even considering what you're saying?

This is another pearls before swine teaching.  It's ok to shake off the dust under your feet upon departure  More words are wasted breath, and parties like this are either going to ignore you or hear what they want to hear.  So often I think I need to explain myself, or keep talking until the party finally gets it.  But the fact is, if they are hardened they are hardened and there is no point wasting the effort or oxygen.  This doesn't mean we don't keep praying for these people, certainly not.  But it does mean that it's ok to see that they're hardened, shake the dust off your feet, and get on with life.  It's like a short post I read once, it's ok to divide from the divisive.  No, not jump ship the nanosecond something gets messy, but there's a point when you know - there's just no point!

Prayer ~ Father, thank you for this encouraging lesson.  You know I just want to fix things, but that certainly isn't always my place.  Thank you for this teaching, that it's ok to depart a pointless situation.  Thank you for reminders to guard my mouth, Lord.  I pray you help me put them into practice as those situations continue to come.

There's more to Matthew 6!

1 comment:

Please . . . Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. Eph 4:29