Text: Judges 1:27-36 It is stated or implied eight times, in to-day’s passage, that a tribe of Israel did not drive out the enemy completely. They may have been enslaved, but God had originally commanded that the enemies be destroyed (Num.33:52). As a result, God was displeased, and the remaining enemies and their religions and[…]

When Joshua dies, the nation asked the Lord (Yahweh) who should lead. By asking this question, the nation has acknowledged that Yahweh is their leader. Asking for His guidance is a sign of good spiritual health. Judah is chosen by God, Judah then calls on the tribe of Simeon to join the battle, and they[…]

Text: Mark 9: 1-50 In this passage, Jesus indicates that the life of discipleship looks forward to sharing in the glory of the Kingdom of God. While on the mountain top, the three disciples were able to witness the radiance of the glory (vv.3-7). However, upon descent from the mount of Transfiguration, the disciples failed[…]

Text: Mark: 8:1-38 This passage initiates a major shift in Mark’s gospel. The word ‘Christ’ has not appeared since the Gospel’s opening verses. So, in this passage Jesus discloses more and more about His identity and describes what it means to be a disciple. He indicates that there are two sides to discipleship: the cross-bearing,[…]

Text: Mark 7: 1-37 In this passage, we encounter Jesus debating with the Pharisees over what defiles a person before God. The Pharisees were basing their knowledge on the “tradition of elders” (v.3); “many other traditions” (v4); and “the traditions of men” (v. 8). So, the passage clearly points out that the religion of the[…]

Text: Mark 6: 1-56 The context of the passage as Mark presents it to us is the opposition shown to Jesus and also the expectation that His disciples would find that some of the hearers would refuse to hear their message (vv. 3-6, 11). However, Mark’s emphasis in the same passage is that Jesus still[…]

As we study this chapter, we encounter several miracles Jesus performed as He ministered in various places around Capernaum. We see Him casting out demons, healing a dreadful disease, and raising a young girl from the dead. In all these miracles, Mark reminds us that we must realise we need Jesus. We must see ourselves[…]

Text: Mark 4: 1-41 The five parables in this passage are about how we hear the Gospel (vv. 1-34). When Jesus says twice in this passage “he who has ears to hear, let him hear,” He is calling for more than mental reception. He is calling for active heeding,  for penetration leading to transformation. To[…]

Text: Mark 3: 1-35 Today’s passage begins a second parallel theme, answering the question: is everyone who receives a miraculous physical healing in God’s family? What about the many who crowd around Jesus? As Mark shows in this chapter the answer to all these questions is ‘no.’ Note how Jesus looked at those who did[…]

Text: Mark 2:1 -28 In the first seventeen verses of this passage, Mark demonstrates to us two major themes. In the story of the paralytic and the calling of Levi, Mark points out that the greatest need in one’s life is spiritual and the only place where one will find help is in Jesus Christ.[…]