As our Lord Jesus Christ went about preaching the word, (please read Mark chapter 2) some people received it with faith and others of course didn’t, but were negative about it. Those disagreeing were especially Jewish religious leaders consisting of the scribes, Pharisees, and at some moments also John’s Disciples.
“And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?” Mark 2:8
Now, as this article is following “The way of the Lord,” here we quickly see how Jesus could also read people’s minds with empathic accuracy, he reveal all their intentions, and even today he still does read our hearts, our mental terrain – our words, emotions, and body language.
There are four statements he said here in this chapter I also want to quickly bring to your attention then later study it in greater depth with you;
1. “They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Mark 2:17
Last time I said you got to positively respond to the gospel, and here is how I said you should do it; repent/change, follow/obey and believe/trust. You do so that you may not get excluded. He said, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Never self justify yourself, instead receive the word like little children. His way is the only way that should bring you to righteousness, no other.
2. “No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse.” Mark 2:21
That was the problem with the religious leaders above, they brought with them their old garments, and we still see it happen again today. But I have this word for such people – the new piece that has filled it up!
3. “And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.” Mark 2:22
New wine must only be put into new bottles. See who the new bottles here were; tax collectors, and even notorious sinners, and many of the crowds that followed him. Those who seemed to be somewhat serve one purpose – to burst the bottles, unless of course they change they’ll be excluded.
4. “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.” Mark 2:27-28
The Sabbath was made to benefit man, and not man to benefit the Sabbath. The whole idea of the things of God is to make you enter into your place of rest, it’s not to burden you – His yoke is easy-bearing!
For only we who believe God can enter into his place of rest. Hebrews 4:6 says, “Yet the promise remains and some get in-but not those who had the first chance, for they disobeyed God and failed to enter.”
Last but not least, those who received his word with faith Jesus also could see their faith; he saw how strongly they believed that he would help, and he forgave their sins and healed them.
Hagar, Sarai’s maid, “she called the name of the Lord that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?” (Genesis 16:13). Yes you’ve!