March 10, 2020

Scripture Reading: Mark 3:19b-27Then he went home; and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.

  • Jesus’ family is concerned for his wellbeing: The crowds that were following him are overwhelming. The people were saying he was out of his mind. The accusations of the authorities are getting serious. It’s no wonder his family tries to intervene. Mark assures us he is in his right mind by having him teach us about something all of us struggle with from time-to-time: a divided mind. How are things with your mind today? What sorts of divisions are you struggling with? Are there too many pressures building up, and you need to create a bit of a “spring break” for yourself? Deuteronomy 6.4 says, “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” Knowing that Jesus goes on to expand this commandment by teaching that to love God is to love one’s neighbor as one loves oneself, how might you be more single-minded in your love of God today? 
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