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Mark Verses 33-34

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Introduction

Verses 33-34 perhaps some of the disciples were jealous of the three men who had been alone on the mountain with Jesus. But they were all still thinking about a political kingdom in which Jesus would give them important places. Jesus had taught them that he would suffer. And he would die. But that had not changed their wrong idea about the Messiah's purpose. The disciples kept quiet because they were ashamed to tell Jesus. Verse 35 Jewish teachers sat to teach their pupils. The fact that Jesus sat down showed that he was going to teach his disciples. If they wanted greatness in his kingdom, they must not try to take the most important place. ...read more.

Middle

Humble service is service to Jesus himself. 'As you did it to one of the least .... You did it to me' (Matthew 25:40). Jesus was working for God, who had sent him. Therefore, whenever people serve him, they are serving God. Verses 38-39 John spoke for himself and the other disciples. The man was not in their group. So, they told him to stop sending evil spirits out of people 'in the name' of Jesus. Some Jews in Ephesus tried to use 'the name of Jesus whom Paul preaches'. They failed. They thought that Jesus' name might be a magic way to send an evil spirit out of a person (Acts 19:13-16). ...read more.

Conclusion

It is better to drown than to make a child or a young or weak Christian sin. A disciple must be careful about what he teaches. A disciple's bad or careless behaviour may make a young believer imitate him. Disciples must not cause young believers to lose their faith. They must not do it by what they teach. And they must not do it by their example. To drown someone with a large weight round his neck was a way to punish people in those days. A mill-stone turned wheat into flour. A large mill-stone was a big round stone with a hole in the middle. A donkey pulled the stone round over the wheat by a bar of wood through the hole. If someone put a person's head through the hole of this heavy stone, he would certainly drown. ...read more.

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