Week 37   Day 2

 

There were those who just 
           
 would not

            or could not

            believe in Jesus 

Jesus had harsh words for these people

 

 

Moses had called the Israelites stiff-necked 

Now Jesus sees hard hearts

            both refer to an inflexibility

                        a stubbornness

                        a refusal to open up and receive 

 

 

Don't be like the Pharisees

            who refused to believe 

they were

            hard

            blind

            critical

            cynical           

            prove-it-to-me 

they couldn't experience

the love and power of God

 

 

Many things can make a heart turn hard 

            whatever it is 

            give it up.

 

 

 

THE BARRIERS OF SIN, A CRITICAL SPIRIT, AND FEAR

  They need to be removed so that healing can take place.

                                          Mark 2, 3 & 5

 

    1Again Jesus entered Capernaum, and it was heard that

He was in the house.  Immediately many gathered together, so

that there was no longer room, not even near the door.  He

preached the word to them. 

    3Then four men came, carrying a paralytic man.  4When they

could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered

the roof .  When they had broken through, they let down the bed. 

   5When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the man, "Son, your

sins are forgiven you."  6Scribes were sitting there reasoning in

their hearts, 7"Why does this Man speak blasphemies?  Who

can forgive sins but God alone?"  8Jesus said, "Why do you
reason
about these things?  9Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins
are
forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise, take up your bed and walk'? 

10But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on

earth to forgive sins"--He said to the man, 11"Take up your bed,

and go to your house."  12 Immediately he arose, took the bed,

and went out, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying,

"We never saw anything like this!"

    1Jesus entered the synagogue; a man was there with a withered

hand.  2So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal 

on the Sabbath.  3Jesus said to the man, "Step forward."  4Then

He said to them, "Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do

evil, to save life or to kill?"  But they kept silent.  5When He had

looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness

of their hearts, He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand," and

his hand was restored as whole as the other.

    25A certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26and

had suffered many things from many physicians.  She spent all she

had and was no better, but rather grew worse.  27When she heard

about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd, and touched His

garment.  28For she said, "If only I may touch His clothes, I shall

be made well."  29 Immediately her blood was dried up, and she

was healed of her affliction.  30Jesus, knowing that power had

gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, "Who

touched My clothes?"  31But His disciples said, "You see the

multitude thronging You, and say, 'Who touched Me?'"  33The
woman,
fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to
her, came
and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 
34He
said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well.  Go
in
peace, and be healed of your affliction."
            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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