Monday March 18, 2019
Today’s Focus The Third Section of the Lord’s prayer
Today’s Scripture Reading Mark 3: 20-35
One time Jesus entered a house, and the crowds began to gather again. Soon he and his disciples couldn’t even find time to eat. 21 When his family heard what was happening, they tried to take him away. “He’s out of his mind,” they said.
22 But the teachers of religious law who had arrived from Jerusalem said, “He’s possessed by Satan,[e] the prince of demons. That’s where he gets the power to cast out demons.”
23 Jesus called them over and responded with an illustration. “How can Satan cast out Satan?” he asked. 24 “A kingdom divided by civil war will collapse. 25 Similarly, a family splintered by feuding will fall apart. 26 And if Satan is divided and fights against himself, how can he stand? He would never survive. 27 Let me illustrate this further. Who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house.
28 “I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven, 29 but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences.” 30 He told them this because they were saying, “He’s possessed by an evil spirit.”
31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him. They stood outside and sent word for him to come out and talk with them. 32 There was a crowd sitting around Jesus, and someone said, “Your mother and your brothers[f] are outside asking for you.”
33 Jesus replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” 34 Then he looked at those around him and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. 35 Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”
Daily Reflection Luther’s explanation on the 7th petition and the conclusion of the Lord’s prayer
The Seventh Petition
And deliver us from evil..
What does this mean?
We ask in this prayer, as in a summary, that our Father in heaven may deliver us from all kinds of evil – affecting body or soul, property or reputation – and at last, when our final hour comes, may grant us a blessed end and take us by grace from this valley of tears to Himself in heaven.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen
When does this mean?
That I should be certain that such petitions are acceptable to and heard by our Father in heaven, for God Himself commanded us to pray like this and has promised to hear us. “Amen, amen” means “Yes, yes, it is going to come about just like this.”
Some questions for reflection
- Many scholars believe “the strong man” that Jesus is talking about is in fact, Satan. If this is true, in your own mind, prior to Jesus death and resurrection, how did Jesus “bind” the strong man?”
- Why do you suppose it is so important in this story shared by Mark that immediately following this episode Jesus redefines family?
Today’s discipleship challenge
- Share with your group or someone you really trust, how it is that you “face temptation” and find ways that “deliver you from evil.”
Eternal God, we give You thanks for the day, especially for the good we were permitted to give and to receive; the day is now past and we commit it to You. We entrust to You the night; we rest securely, for You are our help, and You neither slumber nor sleep; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.