• The Disciples’ Hardness

    Mark 8:16–21

    Simply being in the presence of Jesus is not enough to guarantee faith. Instead, God must grant us ears to hear and hearts to believe His Word. We must not only attend to the preaching and reading of Scripture, but ...Read More

  • The Leaven of the Pharisees and the Leaven of Herod

    Mark 8:14–15

    When we harden our hearts even just a little bit and refuse to obey God on what we might consider a minor matter, we introduce leaven into our lives that can spread to other areas. It is imperative, therefore, that ...Read More

  • A Generation That Sought a Sign

    Mark 8:11–13

    Matthew Henry comments on today’s passage that “if [unbelievers] will not be convinced, they shall not.” Nothing we can do or say can convince those who have hardened their hearts to believe in Christ. Their opposition is moral and spiritual, ...Read More

  • Feeding Four Thousand

    Mark 8:1–10

    Sometimes we find ourselves doubting the Lord’s concern for us and His ability to meet our needs. If we were to remember what He has done for us, particularly in rescuing us from sin when we were hopelessly lost, we ...Read More

  • The Crowd’s Response to Jesus

    Mark 7:36–37

    Although the people of the Decapolis should have obeyed the Lord, they were certainly correct that Jesus does all things well. We witness to this truth every time we thank the Lord for His good gifts and enjoy His creation. ...Read More

  • Healing a Deaf Man

    Mark 7:31–35

    The Gospels do not always give all the reasons why Jesus acted in the way that He did, but we do not need to know all of that information in order to trust Christ. It is enough for us to ...Read More

  • The Faith of a Gentile Woman

    Mark 7:27–30

    In today’s passage, the Syrophoenician woman is happy to get the “crumbs of the kingdom.” Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary Mark: “The good news is that in the overflow of mercy and grace that comes to us ...Read More

  • Jesus Visits Tyre and Sidon

    Mark 7:24–26

    That Jesus went into a region that would have been expected to be hostile to Him is instructive to us. We are not to avoid those persons who appear to be most unlikely to believe the gospel. Instead, we must ...Read More

  • Interpreting Scripture

    2 Timothy 2:13b

    If we divorce the meaning of the biblical text from its author’s intent, the text can mean anything we want. This happened during the medieval era, when all sorts of fanciful allegorical readings were used that had little if any ...Read More

  • Scripture and the Two Natures of Christ

    John 1:17

    In the interest of “protecting” the humanity of Christ, many people want to believe that He held some incorrect views or taught some wrong things. But if Christ did teach or believe error, that denies His full deity, for God ...Read More

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