I’ve been going through the book of Mark over the past few weeks (paired with Genesis and Job) as part of the Digging Deeper Bible reading plan which can be found here. I’m on day 17 and I gotta say, I’m really pleased with the structure of this plan! (which is saying a lot because I’m a bit of an organizational freak.)
I highly recommend it if your the type of reader who is motivated by seeing multiple narratives playing out simultaneously that substantiate the entire message of the Bible. Personally, I really enjoy reading about old testament prophesies fulfilled in latter new testament portions of scripture along with the strange repetition of peculiar tropes and general human tendencies as they are described through the various bible authors at different times. The Digging Deeper plan allocates three separate sections of scripture to read each day — allowing you to become invested in a somewhat ‘big picture’ sort of capacity.
*a reflection from today’s reading
As much as one hears and imagines Jesus talking and healing and performing any of the miracles that we encounter in the gospels (these can seem ubiquitous due to their numerous occurrences) — sometimes we forget the potency of the words that actually accompany these happenings. When going to the text and actually reading it; simple yet easily dismissed revelations become ample to stumble upon. This one — I did indeed trip over — and find myself coming back to:
Jesus called them over and said to them, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles dominate them, and their men of high positions exercise power over them. But it must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you must be our servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be a slave to all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life — a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:42-45 HCSB)
This passage presents a mode of thinking that is the antithesis of human nature. We behave, (by virtue of being inherently selfish), quite entitled in many or perhaps most all circumstances. We being people at large. Jesus flips this right on its head and calls us out. He’s got a pretty remarkable challenge here, and goes on to affirm His stance when he heals the blind man, Bartimaeus, in verses 46-52.
With complete unabashed faith in Christ, the blind beggar cries out to Jesus; ‘Son of David, Jesus, have mercy on me!’ — and in the midst of the crowd trying to quiet the man — discouraging his pleas, Christ responded; ‘Your faith has healed you.’
I love the faith of the blind beggar. Complete vulnerability and childish faith was all that Jesus required. Why do we keep trying to prove ourselves to the Lord?