|Mark 2 |
1 Now after some days he entered Capernaum again, and it was heard that he was in the house.
2 And immediately many gathered together, so that there was no room to receive them, not even around the door; and He preached the word to them.1
3 Then they came, bringing a paralytic to him, who was carried by four men.
4 And when they could not come near him for the crowd, they uncovered the roof where he was; and when they had broken through the roof, they lowered down the bed on which the paralyzed man was lying.
5 Now when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, "Son, your sins are forgiven you."
6 But there were several of the scribes sitting there, reasoning in their hearts,
7 "Why does this man speak such blasphemies? Who can forgive sins except God?"
8 And when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were reasoning this way in their hearts, he immediately said to them, "Why do you reason about these things in your hearts?
9 Which is easier to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise, and take up your bed, and walk?'
10 But so that you may know that the Son of man has power on earth to forgive sins," (he said to the paralyzed man,)
11 "I say to you, Arise, and take up your bed, and go your way to your house."
12 And immediately the paralyzed man arose, took up the bed, and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this."
13 Then Jesus went out again by the seaside; and all the multitude came to him, and he taught them.
14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi [Matthew], the son of Alphaeus, sitting at the tax office; and Jesus said to him, "Follow me." And Levi arose and followed him.
15 Now it came to pass, that as Jesus sat at dinner in Levi's house, many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many, and they followed him.
16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and sinners, they said to his disciples, "How is it that he eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?"
17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, "Those who are whole have no need of a physician, but those who are sick, do. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."2 [Today's so-called Christians think they are righteous because they "believe in Jesus" or have been water baptized; in so doing, Christianity has made a mockery of the Lord's highest priority command in the New Testament: "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness," Mat 6:33. When contemplating those who think they have the righteousness of Christ because they believe that Jesus is the son of God, the Word of the Lord within said: "They throw the word 'righteousness' around without any understanding of what it means. They are filthy dreamers." All are filthy because their hearts are defiled with all manner of sins they still commit with disregard to the Lord's many warnings and the Bible's very clear requirements, qualifying conditions, and exclusions of salvation; so they are dreaming that they are righteous. There is an imputed righteousness that comes with the measure of faith received with the fruit of the Spirit, which is rewarded to those who have crucified their selfish, evil spirit on the inward cross of self-denial, but not before. Believing in Jesus is not the faith that imputes righteousness; see Footnote 2 of Romans 3 for the detail of imputed righteousness.]
18 Now the disciples of John and of the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to him, "Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?"
19 Jesus said to them, "Can the children of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.
20 But the days will come, when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.
21 No man sews a piece of new cloth on an old garment for whatever is put on the old garment tears away from the garment, and the tear is made worse.
22 No man puts new wine into old wineskins, otherwise the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is lost, and the wineskins is destroyed; but new wine must be put into new wineskins."3
23 Now it came to pass, that he went through the grain fields on the Sabbath day; and as they went, his disciples began to pick the heads of grain.
24 And the Pharisees said to him, "Behold, why are they doing what is against the Law for the Sabbath day?"
25 And he said to them, "Have you never read what David did, when he and those who were with him were hungry?
26 He went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the show bread, which was not lawful to eat except for the priests, and he also gave the bread to those who were with him?"
27 And he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath."
28 Therefore the Son of man is even Lord of the Sabbath."4
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1 He preached the word to them. What word? No, Jesus didn't read scriptures to them; Jesus preached the words he heard the Father command him to speak from within his heart. As Jesus said:
And I know that [to obey] his command is life everlasting. Therefore, whatever I speak is just as the Father has told me to speak. John 12:50.
Truly, truly, I say to you; the Son can do nothing of himself [by his own will], but only does what he sees the Father do. John 5:19.
And Jesus tells us that any man who preaches from his own mind, or reads something, or speaks from his own pre-planned words, seeks his own glory:
He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but he who seeks the glory of the One who sent him, that man is true, and there is no unrighteousness in him. John 7:18.
So anyone who preaches, should only be preaching the words he hears the Spirit of God speak from within his heart: The word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart [so you may obey it]; that is, the word of faith, which we preach...Those who do not preach words from the spirit, preach from the nature of death: They are from the world, therefore they speak as from the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we recognize the spirit of truth from the spirit of error. 1 John 4:5-6. The preacher called by Jesus, taught by Jesus, perfected by Jesus, and specifically sent to preach by Jesus, speaks the Word of God from within his heart, and thereby imparts life to his listeners: The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving. John 6:63. As Paul said: For we are not like so many, who peddle the word of God [for profit]; but with sincerity, as being from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ. 2 Cor 2:17.. and which things also we speak, not in the words, which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit instructs; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 1 Cor 2:13.
2 He did not come to call the righteous, but sinners. But the Jews thought they were righteous; and because they did not understand that they were sinners, they could not hear the call. What call? To Repent! Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Those calling themselves Christians, not living in the kingdom of heaven, nor walking by the promptings and energizing of the Spirit of God, and who think they are righteous, they are deaf; they cannot hear the true call of Jesus to repent with remission of sins.
Our hunger and thirst for righteousness is what motivates us to seek God. We long to be right. We long to be pleasing to him.
Christ said, But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. (This is Jesus' highest priority instruction to us!)
We long to be like he has told us to be. The longing is our hunger and thirst.
Our hunger is a blessing in itself, for it is God's way of drawing us to himself. He gives us the hunger.
Our hunger motivates us to seek him diligently, for he is the rewarder of those who diligently seek him.
And his promise is, our hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled.
Woe to you who are well fed now, [think yourselves righteous] for you will go hungry. Luke 6:25
If we think we are righteous, we don't seek righteousness.
Those who thought they were righteous could not hear Jesus on the earth when he was here,
neither can they hear him today as he stands at the door to your heart and knocks.
3 No man puts new wine into old wineskins, otherwise the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is lost, and the wineskins is destroyed; but new wine must be put into new wineskins.The bottle is a man's heart; the heart in the body is the temple of God. Unless a man's heart and body has had the evil removed through repentance on the inward cross of self-denial, the heart cannot contain the filling of the Spirit of God; the Spirit would be lost because the man's evil desires wars with the Spirit of God and would cause it to diminish. Further, a man who had not first been purified on the cross would perish in the presence of God for only the righteous can scarcely be saved as the Lord snatches them from the fire that every man must pass through; flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. God must give us a new heart, which can hold the new Spirit.
As Jesus said in Luke 5:39, No one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires the new wine, for he will say, 'The old wine is better.' If a sinner did not first have the sins slowly purged out of his heart, while learning to hate all evil, even if that sinner were translated into heaven, he would not be happy because he could not pursue all his old addictions. A man must crucify his lusts and affections on the inward cross of self-denial before he can enjoy fellowship in the heavens.
4 Jesus was sent by God to preach repentance and the Kingdom; to preach the gospel to the [spiritually] poor and to release the captives of sin, sitting in the prison of darkness (of their minds and hearts). He was doing God's work, which takes precedence over man's commanded rest on the seventh day. For him to heal on the Sabbath, for his disciples to gather grain on the Sabbath, was only to support what God had ordered him to do; which also pointed out the legalistic, narrow minds of the Pharisees; unable to see the broader issues of love and duty.
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