Scripture: Psalm 27:1 “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
Observations: Mark takes us back to the beginning with John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness saying repent, a greater one was coming who will baptize with the Holy Spirit. When he baptized Jesus, the heavens split open and the God declared he was pleased with Jesus. Then the Holy Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted, but he didn’t give in and was ministered to by angels. When John was put in prison, Jesus took up his call of repentance. Jesus called Andrew and Simon to follow him so he could make them fishers of men. Jesus healed a man with an unclean spirit. Though I’ve read this before, it really jumped out at me that this man was in the synagogue at the time. It made me think about what Jesus says later about how some will say they know him, but he will tell them to depart. Jesus healed Simon Peter’s mom of a fever, and many others, and then suggested they leave so he could preach to others. That is when he healed a leper, who spread the news, and Jesus could no longer go around towns freely. Isn’t that just like all of us. We want to tell everything we know even when we are told it should be kept to ourselves. I’ve been guilty of that, and it always causes trouble. In Numbers 10 the Israelites finally left Sinai. In chapter 11, they were already starting to complain. God appointed 70 elders to help Moses bare the weight of the people, and he sent Quail for them to eat, but their complaining angered him, and he sent a plague among the people.
Application: Psalm 27 if full of hope. Jesus is our light and our salvation. We have no reason to live in fear. We should seek him, and spend our time with him, and he will protect us. “Wait for the LORD: be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!
Prayer Dear Father in heaven, we thank you that you are here for us. You don’t turn people away, but love them, and shelter them. Lord, we are thankful for your protection. We honor your name because of your greatness!
Tomorrow’s Reading: Numbers 12-13; Psalm 90; Mark 2