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The Daily View is a five day-a-week devotional. Read one KJV chapter each day and learn something from what is read. It is also an ideal source for Sunday school lessons for adults, teens, and sermon ideas.

 

Daily Devotional in Mark 3

Hearder from Mark in a 1611 KJV

Daily Nugget:
“And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the Sabbath day; that they might accuse him.” Mark 3: 2

In Mark 3, it is read that the Son of God healed many that were sick and possessed. Instead of lining the streets and having a ticker-tape parade to show their gratitude, they watched him carefully to see if they could find Jesus doing something wrong. The crowd that was usually looking for Him to fail was composed of “religious” folk. Today is no different.

If the "religious" were looking for the Son of God to fail, Christians can undoubtedly expect similar treatment today. When someone hears we are a Christian, they carefully observe our lives. If they find us doing something wrong, in their eyes, they gleefully point and sneer, “Some Christian he is,” or “Hypocrite!”

Well, they can look all they want, and if they look long and carefully enough, they will find us doing something wrong. We may be born-again on the inside, but we still must contend with our weak flesh.  A Christian certainly is not perfect, just forgiven.

We surely are not perfect and will make mistakes. Nevertheless, we should try our best to be an excellent example of Christian behavior. There will always be some that are watching how we go through hard times, how we react when others do us wrong, what we do when we are tempted, and how we live.

We have a tremendous weight on our shoulders. The scorners and scoffers should be reading their Bible and examining their own lives in comparison to what God requires of us all, but they are not. They scrutinize our testimony for the Saviour instead.

Quite often, they look for us to fail so that they can write off any conviction they may have for their ungodly lifestyle or for even attempting to obey Scripture. When they think we have failed, they feel justified for living the way they do. However, they are usually not aware of the biblical principle, “So then every one of us shall give an account of himself to God.” Romans 14:12 (Also: Matthew 12:36.)  Everyone will ultimately give an account of himself. No one’s shortcomings can ever be a valid excuse for another’s wrongdoing.

Our lifestyle should not be an excuse for someone not to live a godly life, but rather it should be an example of how to have a godly life. The world is confused and distraught. They are looking for a way to have a better life. Are you the example they would want to follow to have a closer relationship with God and to have a fuller and happier life?

Today’s Thought: 
“Live so you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.” — Author Unknown

Words to Understand:
Blaspheme: utter obscenities; speaking disrespectfully about God
Sabbath: Saturday, the religious day of worship for Jews
Straitly: strictly; precisely
Unclean spirits: demons
Withered: wrinkled and shriveled from age or disease

Today’s Reading:
Mark 3
1 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand.
2 And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.
3 And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.
4 And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.
5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
6 And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.
7 But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judaea,
8 And from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and from beyond Jordan; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him.
9 And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him.
10 For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues.
11 And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God.
12 And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known.
13 ¶ And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him.
14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,
15 And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:
16 And Simon he surnamed Peter;
17 And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:
18 And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite,
19 And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went into an house.
20 And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.
21 And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.
22 ¶ And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.
23 And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?
24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
26 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.
27 No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.
28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:
29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:
30 Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.
31 ¶ There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him.
32 And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.
33 And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?
34 And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

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