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Pastor Joe Lay

MARCH 7, 2021

"The time has come," He said. "The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!"

--Mark 1:15 NIV


Then he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.

--Mark 2:27 NIV


When His family heard about this, they went to take charge of Him, for they said, "He is out of His mind." And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, He is possessed by Beelzebull! By the prince of demons He is driving out demons."

--Mark 3: 21-22 NIV

As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus. They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard He was. And wherever He went-- into villages, towns or countryside-- they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged Him to let them touch even the edge of His cloak, and all who touched it were healed.

--Mark 6:54-56 NIV

The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and saw some of His disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders.)

--Mark 7:1-3 NIV

So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, "Why don't Your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?" He replied, " Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. They worship Me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.' You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions." And He continued, You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions! For Moses said, 'Honor your father and mother,' and, 'Anyone who curses their father and mother is to be put to death.' But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is Corban (that is, devoted to God)-- then you no longer let them do anything for their father or mother. Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that."

--Mark 7:5-13 NIV

He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that He must be killed and after three days rise again.

--Mark 8:31 NIV