Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Theme: COMMENTARY ON THE BOOK OF MARK CHAPTERS 1-6

Text: “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.” – Mark 6:11.

Comment: After working with the 12 apostles for a while, Christ sent the disciples  to various parts of the country and for that purpose, gave them power over unclean spirits. They were to travel light, with no extra sandals, clothes, money,  food. Their mission was of course a resounding success, such that Herod believed that it was John the Baptist whom he had killed to please his wife’s daughter that had come back to life. One should not do something just to please people when one’s conscience tells one it is wrong. -1 John 3:20, 21; Galatians 1:10.

 

Where Christ resorted to take some rest, many people traced him to that place and he had to teach them many things. Because it was a desert place and darkness was setting in, the disciples appealed to him to ask the people to go out and look for food. But instead of doing so, Christ fed 5000 men with five loaves and two fishes, after which he sent the people away. (Mark 6:33-45) The master then went to a mountain to pray. At about 3.a.m. (the fourth watch) while the disciples were struggling with their boat as the sea was rough, Christ walked on the sea and when he entered the boat the wind ceased. (Mark 6:45-52) Christ fully demonstrated the power of God Almighty to the people. Those who fail to heed the truths preached by Jesus Christ and his apostles will suffer worse punishments than the people of Sodom and Gomorrah in that they have no excuse. – Matthew 11:28-30; Hebrews 10:26-29.

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