- Today’s Reading:
- Mark 3:7 - 30
- Psalm 37:1 - 11
Mark 3:7 - 30
Jesus continued on with healing and teaching. The word spread so quickly that Jesus feared the crowds would literally crush him in an attempt to get to him. It's funny, because when I thought of Jesus going around healing people, I'd think of crowds, but also of serenity. I pictured people kneeling before his feet, or grabbing to the bottom of his robe as he walked. I never quite pictured crowds so very overwhelming that they would crush him to death in an effort to just touch him.
Verse 3:21 caught me off guard. It tells of how the family of Jesus tried to go bring Jesus home, saying that he was crazy and out of his mind. Now, surely Mary and Joseph wouldn't have commissioned that, after all they were approached and told about Jesus, and he was conceived immaculately. So I just wonder who in his family would go to gather Jesus and bring him home to gather his wits.
There was more thing that stuck out to me in this reading. These are verses 3:28-30. We are told here that all sins and all blasphemy can be forgiven, but that those who blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. It then goes on to say that Jesus told them that because they said that he was possessed by an evil spirit. So my next question is, what is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? Is it attributing acts we know to be of God to Satan instead? Is there more than one way to blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? I guess I better be on the lookout for this throughout my reading, since Jesus says that it is simply unforgivable to blasphemy the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 37:1 - 11
Here we are told quite a few little tidbits of wisdom. Commit everything we do to the Lord and trust in Him to help us. At the same time, we are told to "be still" and wait patiently for the Lord to act (37:7). And in the meantime, don't concern ourselves with how the wicked are prospering.
This is all a lot easier said than done, right? So, if things are going awry in your own life, and you're trusting in the Lord to make it right, you still need to be patient. Maybe there are people are around you, doing you wrong and doing you harm. You're supposed to not concern yourself with them at all. Not only that, be still as you do it, for the Lord will come to your aide. I truly believe the Lord will pull me out of any situation I am in But it's hard for humans in general to be patient and wait for the Lord to act for them, and on top of that to ignore those who are doing wrong. That's quite a handful for us to aspire to!