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Pastor's Pen - October 17, 2007
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October 17, 2007

Mark 6-7
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Mark
Chapter 6
  1. And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.
  2. And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
  3. Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
  4. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
  5. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
  6. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.
  7. And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;
  8. And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse:
  9. But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.
  10. And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place.
  11. 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.
  12. And they went out, and preached that men should repent.
  13. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.
  14. And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.
  15. Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets.
  16. But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead.
  17. For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife: for he had married her.
  18. For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife.
  19. Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not:
  20. For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.
  21. And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee;
  22. And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee.
  23. And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom.
  24. And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist.
  25. And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist.
  26. And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her.
  27. And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,
  28. And brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother.
  29. And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.
  30. And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught.
  31. And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.
  32. And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.
  33. And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him.
  34. And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.
  35. And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed:
  36. Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat.
  37. He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?
  38. He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.
  39. And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.
  40. And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.
  41. And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.
  42. And they did all eat, and were filled.
  43. And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes.
  44. And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.
  45. And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people.
  46. And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.
  47. And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land.
  48. And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.
  49. But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out:
  50. For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.
  51. And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.
  52. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.
  53. And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore.
  54. And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him,
  55. And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was.
  56. And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.


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Mark
Chapter 7
  1. Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem.
  2. And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.
  3. For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.
  4. And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables.
  5. Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?
  6. He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
  7. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
  8. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
  9. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
  10. For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:
  11. But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.
  12. And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;
  13. Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
  14. And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand:
  15. There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.
  16. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
  17. And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable.
  18. And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him;
  19. Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?
  20. And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
  21. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
  22. Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
  23. All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
  24. And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.
  25. For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet:
  26. The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.
  27. But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.
  28. And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs.
  29. And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.
  30. And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.
  31. And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis.
  32. And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him.
  33. And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue;
  34. And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.
  35. And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.
  36. And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;
  37. And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.


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 Mark 6 opens with Christ sending out the disciples to preach. The message that they delivered is given to us in verse 12:

"And they went out, and preached that men should repent."
Repentance is a doctrine that has been overlooked by many in recent years, even within some areas of fundamentalism. Because the Bible only instructs the ungodly to "believe" in many verses (Acts 16:31), the concept of repentance has either been labeled unnecessary or has been redefined. Thus, it would behoove us to attempt to understand what repentance really is.

 First of all, is repentance even necessary for salvation? Some would say that it is not. However, the Bible would disagree. In this passage we see that repentance was the theme of the message that the disciples preached. John the Baptist's message was "Repent ye, and believe the gospel" (Mark 1:15). Please note that apparently repentance and belief are not identical, or they both would not be mentioned as requirements. Peter's message was "Repent ye therefore, and be converted" (Acts 3:19), and he wrote that God's desire was that "all should come to repentance" (II Peter 3:9). Paul's message on Mars Hill was that God "now commandeth all men every where to repent" (Acts 17:30). He told King Agrippa that his message to both Jews and Gentiles was "that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance" (Acts 26:20). Three different times in the book of Revelation we see that men during the Tribulation period, in spite of the judgment of God falling all around them, foolishly refuse to repent of the evil deeds that they are doing (Rev. 9:20-21, 16:9,11). Thus it is obvious that repentance is a necessary component of salvation.

 What does the word "repent" mean? The root idea behind repentance is "to think differently" or "to change one's mind". Some have interpreted this to mean that in order to be saved a person must simply change his mind about how to get saved and then believe on Jesus. Often this translates into the "Repeat this prayer and go to Heaven" type of soul-winning. Unfortunately, this method rarely produces lasting results, because I believe it undermines the true meaning of repentance. As we look through the Scriptures it seems that the primary focus of repentance deals with sin, not faith. It is true that a person needs to have a change of mind concerning Who Jesus is and whether or not He is the only Saviour. However, before a man can ever determine that he needs a Savior he must change his mind about his sin. John the Baptist said that believers should "Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance" (Matt 3:8). Apparently, repentance changes a person's lifestyle. According to Mathew 9:13 the Lord came to "call sinners to repentance". This is contrasted with those who felt that they were "good enough", and did not need salvation. Luke 15:7 tells of joy in Heaven over a sinner that repents. II Corinthians 7:10 speaks to this as well. Here Paul writes,

"For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death."
Here he points out that true repentance is motivated by a sincere Godly sorrow, and in the context that sorrow is over a man's sinful condition. It is a sorrow that makes a man realize just how evil he is, and causes him to turn away from his sin towards God. The "sorrow of the world" avails nothing, for it is normally a sadness over being caught as opposed to a sadness over what sin has been done. However, an understanding of how sinful a man is, coupled with sorrow for that sin because of its vileness in the sight of God, will lead a man to renounce his faith in his own goodness and his own religiousness and will drive him to receive the only One Who can save His soul, Jesus Christ.

 Repentance involves a change of mind about my sin, myself, and my Savior. My sin is evil and God hates it, I am incapable of being good enough to get to Heaven, and Jesus Christ is God and He died on the cross as my Substitute. Once this is understood, then a man chooses by faith to receive Christ as Savior. This must be the message that we deliver to an unsaved world.

Pastor Mark J Montgomery

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