• Jesus Sends out the Twelve Devotional

    Mark 6:7-13

    The action of Jesus’ disciples’ shaking the dust off of their feet did not symbolize that everyone who rejected them was at that moment irrevocably doomed. Since the people would have understood the action as marking them off as unclean, it would give them something to think about. We must consistently warn people of the wrath of God even when they reject us. Later, they may think on that warning, and God may use it to bring them to faith. View Resource

  • The Allure of Holiness Devotional

    Mark 6:14–16

    Even the most ardent skeptics are quick to admit that Jesus is a compelling figure. That is not enough for salvation, however, for people must also trust in Christ if they are to be saved. Moreover, they must do so right away if they are to be saved. Tomorrow may not come, so we must believe on Him today to be received into His kingdom. View Resource

  • Confronting Public Sins Devotional

    Mark 6:17–19a

    Under the terms of the new covenant, the church is not to exercise the state’s calling to bear the sword against evildoers. That does not mean, however, that the church is to be silent when it comes to politics and national leadership. In a spirit of humility, the church is to preach against the sins of the state and call both leaders and citizens to repentance. View Resource

  • Herod’s Discernment Devotional

    Mark 6:19b–20

    Because sinners remain the image of God, they can still be reached with the truth of God. Only if the Spirit changes the hearts of those who read and hear God’s Word will they be converted. However, we can be confident that the truth of God’s Word will get through regardless of whether they become followers of Christ. We do not have to change the gospel to make people recognize its truth. All we need to do is faithfully proclaim it. View Resource

  • Herod’s Unlawful Oath Devotional

    Mark 6:21–29

    We should not delay keeping the oaths and vows that we have made. However, that applies only to lawful oaths and vows. Oaths and vows made to commit sin are not to be kept. Instead, we should repent for making a sinful vow and then pursue righteousness. Such repentance is evidence of the work of God’s Spirit in our lives. View Resource

  • Sheep without a Shepherd Devotional

    Mark 6:30–34

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary Mark, “When Jesus set out to feed His sheep, He taught them.” As the Good Shepherd, Jesus fulfills His vocation by instructing us in divine truth. All those who would shepherd His people as pastors and teachers must do the same. May our teachers feed us the solid food of God’s Word, and let us sit under only those who are committed to the truth of Scripture. View Resource

  • Five Thousand Men Fed Devotional

    Mark 6:35–44

    It is certainly worth noting that Jesus cared enough for the crowd to make sure that their physical needs were met. Yet, we must not overlook the theological significance of the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand. The miracles of Jesus meet the needs of people, but they do much more. They reveal Him as having been sent by God for our salvation. View Resource

  • The Prayer Life of Jesus Devotional

    Mark 6:45–46

    Jesus is more than a model of faithfulness to God, but He is certainly not less than that. Thus, we learn from Him that when we are faced with temptation and need sustenance in life and ministry, we must turn to God in prayer. If we humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord and call on Him for help, He will surely lift us up and sustain us (1 Peter 5:6). View Resource

  • Healings in Gennesaret Devotional

    Mark 6:53–56

    We must take care not to view Jesus merely as a miracle-worker whose purpose is always to restore us physically. Nevertheless, we must believe that Christ can heal us when we seek His face. Of course, He has the sovereign right to determine whom, when, and how He will heal, but make no mistake, Jesus can and often does heal us when we ask Him to do so. View Resource

  • The Role of Tradition Devotional

    Mark 7:1–4

    Human traditions, including the church’s reflection on the Word of God, can be helpful. However, they must never be elevated to the status of divine revelation. When that happens, we become ensnared in legalism and cannot be reformed by Scripture. Let us appreciate tradition where it is helpful, but let us never elevate it to the status of divine revelation. View Resource

  • Scripture Alone Devotional

    Mark 7:1-13

    We must be ever-vigilant lest we abandon the principle of sola Scriptura. To say that a passage in Scripture is not true because we do not understand or agree with it is to violate Scripture’s final authority. Legalism, the imposition of extrabiblical rules upon God’s people likewise evidences the refusal to recognize the ultimate authority of the Bible. When we do not obey the Word of God we are implicitly saying that Scripture has no authority over us. View Resource

  • Prophetic and Apostolic Tradition Devotional

    Mark 7:5–8

    It is easy to condemn the Pharisees for their traditions, but as Dr. R.C. Sproul notes in his commentary Mark, “The temptation to add to God’s law is not unique to the Pharisees. We have to deal with it every day in the Christian life.” We are called, therefore, to measure our beliefs and actions against Scripture. Doing so will help us obey the Lord more faithfully and help keep us from becoming legalists. View Resource

  • Making Void the Word of God Devotional

    Mark 7:9–13

    Matthew Henry comments that “it is the mischief of impositions, that too often they who are zealous for them, have little zeal for the essential duties of religion, but can contentedly see them laid aside.” Like the Pharisees, we can be obsessed with good but optional things (giving extra gifts to the temple) in a way that makes us break God’s law. Let us have zeal for God’s law, but let us not let it develop into legalism that makes us break it. View Resource

  • The Source of Defilement Devotional

    Mark 7:14–19

    God is not primarily concerned about external matters; He is most concerned about our hearts. External actions often manifest inner realities, but it is also true that we can act in a way that does not match the true thoughts of our hearts. As followers of Christ, we are to be concerned that we not only do the right things but that we do them for the right reason—the glory of God. View Resource

  • Evil in Heart Devotional

    Mark 7:20–23

    We cannot excuse external acts of sin by saying our heart was in the right place, for when one’s heart is in the right place, one does not sin externally. Nevertheless, we must recognize that sin and holiness are fundamentally issues of the heart. Anyone can fake holiness before other men and women, but God is never fooled. Let us pray that our hearts would continue to be cleansed so that we might walk in true holiness before the Lord. View Resource