|Why Isn't Good Good-Enough?||Dale Beaver||11/12/2017||Watch||In Focus||Listen||Notes
One Thing You Lack: Why Isn’t Good Good-Enough?
The Life-Setting of Mark’s Gospel
Crisis: A.D. 64 Rome Burned. Christians were blamed.
Christians were not suspect, but they were not understood.
Daily life became very precarious for the Christians throughout Italy.
Mark writes his gospel with Peter’s influence between A.D. 65-70
First, Nero had self-acknowledged Christians arrested then through investigation, large numbers of others were condemned……Their deaths were made farcical. Dressed in wild animal skins they were tore apart by dogs, or crucified, or made into torches to be ignited after dark as substitutes for daylight. Nero’s personal gardens were often used for the spectacle. Despite their guilt as Christians….they were pitied.
- Tacitus; Annals 15
If Christians were to be strengthened and the gospel effectively proclaimed it would be necessary to exhibit the similarity of situation faced by Jesus and the Christians of Rome. The Gospel of Mark is a pastoral response to this critical demand.
- W. L. Lane; Mark
The Context of Mark 10
Jesus has left the familiar territory of the Galilee to move into more hostile territory nearer to Jerusalem.
Some Pharisees come to trap him with a question.
He deals with the Pharisees then later reemphasizes his teaching with the disciples.
Children come to Jesus for a blessing.
The disciples are annoyed. Jesus is indignant with their response.
Children actually demonstrate for us how to enter the kingdom of heaven.
A humble and sincere determination is an approved approach to God.
17As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
1 One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. 2“There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. 3A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ 4The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, 5but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’” 6 Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge."
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good."
Micah 6: 6-8
6What can we bring to the Lord? Should we bring him burnt offerings? Should we bow before God Most High with offerings of yearling calves? 7 Should we offer him thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for our sins? 8 No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
If only God is good, how can I ever be good enough?
But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.’”
“Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.”
Application in preparation for next week
Put yourself in the story.
What would your response be?
If you know right from wrong, does your obedient behavior stem from a devoted heart? Or heartless obedience?
|Anything But That||Dale Beaver||11/19/2017||Watch||In Focus||Listen||Notes
1 John 5:20
What feels like the sacrifice of possessions may be the slaying of an idol.
Freedom from idolatry is proven by sacrificial living.
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