Golden Fleeced

22 Jul

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for 8 After Pentecost 22 July 2012

Golden Fleeced

Have you ever been so tired, so exhausted, that your heart is closed off or hard?  You just don’t have strength to carry on and care, and nothing you do can will yourself into an attitude shift or a different perspective?  Fatigue will do this.  It is part of the human condition.  In the Gospel lesson for today, the disciples had reached this state.  Jesus had earlier sent them out in pairs and commissioned them with authority over the unclean spirits (Mk 6:7) and to preach repentance and to anoint the sick. (v 13)  In the meantime, while the disciples were out cleaning up the outer spiritual neighborhood, Jesus was working on His local spiritual turf.  Herod had beheaded John the Baptist and some were saying that Jesus was John B reincarnated (ie “raised from the dead,” v 14.)  Jesus was doing His own spiritual clean-up work on the home turf while the boys were out doing spiritual triage in the villages. (v 6)  He would have also been doing a lot of prayers in His own sandals as He prayed down misperceptions generated by Satan’s lies about Himself.  Plus He would have been dealing with His own grief over the loss of His cousin.  Spiritual warfare is not easy or clean.  And it can be exhausting!

It is at this point where today’s lectionary Gospel lesson picks up.  The boys are back in town, and they are filling in Jesus on how the mission work went. (v 30)  I would imagine that they were probably feeling like kids after a full day at Disneyland: over-the-top excited, every neuron receptor filled to the brim, bouncing to the point where one’s skin feels like it cannot contain the human experience, and at the same time so over-tired to the bone that there’s no arm-twisting and arguing about taking a nap because the body will eventually overrule no matter what opinion you have.  So, before the collective body of bouncing boys has a chance to form an opinion, Jesus does the kind-Dad thing and tells them to go to a quiet place for some down-time. (v 31)  They were in a boat. (v 32)  I picture a quiet cove where they could park and rest their oars. (ref to v 48)  The problem was that the crowds knew them, too, and ran ahead of them (v 33) giving truth to the adage: “no rest for the weary” (or rest for the “wicked” for that matter, for regardless of which side of the fence one is on, wicked or weary, the spiritual battle rages on!)

[This would be a really good point for a comedian to break the tension with his gift of humor!  I suspect that maybe it is exactly for these tension-points that God gave us comedians!] 

Carry on! 

Jesus gets out of the boat and sees the great crowd. (v 34)  Did He “see” a great amoeba-like mass drifting and flowing like in a cartoon before Him?  Did He have a Zen moment of detachment while He transitioned from being with His friends in the boat to going ashore to the crowds?  How did He go from being in the boat in the same energy field with the exhausted disciples to stepping onto shore where a different energy met Him?  Was He picturing all these people using their gifts to glorify God in the New Jerusalem?  How did He adjust?  The text does give us a clue as to how Jesus made the energetic transition from intimate friends to impersonal crowd.  It says he had compassion for them.

“Stop!  Hey, what’s that sound?  Everybody look what’s goin’ down!”

Jesus had Compassion.

He had compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and He began to teach them many things. (v 34)

Dear reader, please pause for a moment and notice what the Lectionary Barons left out of the Revised Common Lectionary readings for today right at this juncture of Compassion.  Every time the Lectionary Barons omit a section, the omission speaks more volumes than the inclusions.  The Lectionary Barons leading the Church leaders simply reveal the state of affairs of the spirit of the whole Church, which is illuminated through the scripture passages from Mark 6:35-52 which were omitted.  O illustrious ‘Golden Fleece’ of the shepherds, o Lectionary Barons, o your royal highnesses!  Your own fatigue has exposed you.

The Lectionary Barons omitted the verses on the stories about Jesus feeding the Five Thousand AND how Jesus walked on water, almost cruisin’ right past the disciples in their boat. (v 48)  These are passages on spiritual feeding and encouragement.  Because the Lectionary Barons omitted these portions of scripture, the reader wouldn’t necessarily know that by the time Jesus started winding down His teaching to the crowds it was now very late. (v 35)  The disciples had been so worn out with exhaustion that they’d stayed in the boat all day.  [Really, I understand!  Remember all that spiritual triage they had been doing?]  They roused themselves and came to Jesus. [I can so-very-well picture this ‘hard labor’!] The disciples reminded Him that this was a remote place, that it was already very late, and that the people should go into the surrounding villages to buy themselves something to eat. (v 36)  [This all makes so much sense!  Maybe they were thinking that if the crowds left to buy food, then Jesus, Himself, would finally have time and peace to come and eat with them and hang out with them.  They were exhausted, after all.  They had been working on mission for Him. (v 7)] 

What is striking about the verses the Lectionary Barons chose to leave IN for today’s readings was the section where Jesus had compassion on the great crowds, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.  Energetically Jesus would have sensed if the crowds were just more paparazzi, like the crowds who gathered after He raised Lazarus from the dead. (Jn 12:9-11) This crowd on the country hillside wasn’t infected with a spirit of deceit and officials conniving to kill Him.  This hillside crowd was like lost sheep, bleating, searching, and spiritually hungry.  The Lectionary Barons left out the Feeding of the Five Thousand.  Jesus likely wouldn’t have been able to feed them if the Pharisees had been present.  But the people’s hearts were open and wanting to be fed.  They were receptive for a miracle.  They wanted to believe.  The crowd wouldn’t have sat down in the grass in groups of fifty and a hundred (v 40) when it was already very late and they were already tired and hungry, if they thought Jesus was just a traveling show.  Their spiritual hunger overrode their logic and physically growling tummies. 

I see a pattern: When the disciples were still in the boat, Jesus went ashore, saw the great crowd, and had compassion on them (v 34).  The timing, energetic flow, and the setting are all significant.  This parallels our situation today.  Jesus saw them as sheep without a shepherd and He taught them. (v 33)  THEN He fed them physically by miracle.  Only God can do the miracle.  Man, including earthly “shepherds” bring the belief to participate with God’s miracle. 

Really, there are times when I feel like one of the disciples in the boat when they were trying to cross the lake, and it was in the “fourth watch” (Mk 6:48) (my Bible notes say that is between 3-6 am,) and they were all exhausted.  Later, Jesus had stayed alone on land. (Mk 6:47)  This was after the miracle of the Feeding of the Five Thousand.  Jesus would have needed alone-time to recharge His spiritual batteries and decompress with God after all that!  The disciples are pooped.  They arrived pooped.  Now they were even more pooped.  And now their tummies were probably full on top of being tired, because they had twelve baskets of bread and fish to munch on, left over from the miraculous feeding. (v 43)  Poor guys didn’t have a chance!  They were straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. (v 48)  Then shortly before dawn Jesus strolls out to them, walking on the lake!  It was such ‘a piece of cake’ for Him that He was about to pass by them! (v 48)  (He wouldn’t, though, because the Lord said in Amos 7:8 that He would never again pass us by.)  Jesus speaks courage to them and tells them not to be afraid. (v 50)  He climbs into the boat with them and the wind dies down. (v 51) Gee, and the disciples were amazed. 

“They were completely amazed, 52 for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.” (NIV)

“And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. 52 For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.” (NKJV)

52 For they failed to consider or understand [the teaching and meaning of the miracle of] the loaves; [in fact] their hearts had grown callous [had become dull and had lost the power of understanding].” (AMP)

I cannot fault the disciples.  My own heart has grown somewhat weary and dull, maybe even calloused, from all these years of spiritual battle and warfare.  Through all these years of rejection there have been times when I have “lost the power of understanding.”  At least the enlightened type of understanding.  I know full well the human side of understanding.  This view is pretty clear and predictable.  And repetitive and exhausting!  I can personally vouch for this, for as I write this, the stats page on my blog site, which I use to share these Reflections, indicates that all of seven people viewed the Reflection last week (and “viewed” doesn’t necessarily mean read.)  The Internet reaches worldwide.  The people have been praying for revival.  I am called and must keep praying and writing.  Where are the ‘shepherds’?  It is a testimony to God Himself that He is my motivation to keep on going, for I could not continue if I was coming from my own efforts.  God is simply revealing the Truth and I bear witness.  Just because my Reflection’s blog site had seven views doesn’t mean the Seven Churches are reading them.  I remember that when Abraham pleaded with God for the sake of the lives of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, God said He would not destroy them if He found ten righteous people among them. (Gen 18:32)  God couldn’t find ten righteous people and we know what happened. (see Gen 19:23-26)  …Not a threat…Just saying…At times like this I’m glad I can say with Amos that I am not a prophet, nor a prophet’s daughter, but a library page taking care of books. (cf Amos 7:14)  And the coup de grâce is that the Church could not acknowledge my calling (as Anchoress/Prophet or otherwise,) so God is my Judge. 

The passage from Jeremiah 23:1-6 offered in today’s lectionary reading selections chosen by the “Golden Fleece-d” specifically addresses the “shepherds” who were leading God’s people:

Jer 23:2 Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the LORD.

The Hebrew Bible says, “You gave no thought to them, but I am going to give thought to you…”  A big part of compassion is thinking about and praying for those God lays on our hearts. 

Jim Goll outlines the issues concerning the shepherds in his book, The Seer: The Prophetic Power of Visions, Dreams, and Open Heavens, and clearly lists in common language the accountability standards presented by God in Jeremiah Chapter 23, which ties into today’s Old Testament lectionary lessons.  Jim Goll writes:

THE HINDRANCE OF AN EVIL HEART

“No matter how prophetically gifted we may be, our ability to flow in the full power and revelation of the prophetic depends on the purity of our hearts and the closeness of our walk with the Lord.  The gifts and calling of God are without repentance.  This means that we may still operate at some level of prophetic revelation even if we are not walking close to the Lord, but we will never reach our full potential as long as we remain in that condition.

“Jeremiah the prophet provides us with a good list of the kinds of things we need to watch out for.  The entire 23rd chapter of the Book of Jeremiah is an indictment of the shepherds (spiritual leaders) and prophets in Israel for their failure to honestly and responsibly lead the people in the ways of the Lord.  According to Jeremiah, these were the sins of the prophets [and priests (both); Jer 23:11, 33, 34] of Israel:

  • Using their power unjustly—“As for the prophets: my heart is broken within me, all my bones tremble; I have become like a drunken man, even like a man overcome with wine, because of the Lord and because of His holy words.  For the land is full of adulterers; for the land mourns because of the curse.  The pastures of the wilderness have dried up.  Their course also is evil and their might is not right” (Jer 23:9-10).  This gets into the issue of manipulation: why do we want this revelation and what will we do with it once we have it?  God knows the condition of our heart.  A wrong motive hinders revelation.

[Thyatira and Laodicea struggle with this same issue.]

 

  • Mixing the sources of their message—“Moreover, among the prophets of Samaria I saw an offensive thing: They prophesied by Baal and led My people Israel astray” (Jer 23:13).  This involves mingling the things of the flesh and the world with the things of the Spirit.  The result is pollution of the message.  We may need some personal cleansing in our lives before we can be fully usable to the Lord.

[Thyatira, Laodicea, and Pergamum struggle with this issue.]

 

  • Engaging in immorality—“Also among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a horrible thing: the committing of adultery and walking in falsehood; and they strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that no one has turned back from his wickedness.  All of them have become to Me like Sodom, and her inhabitants like Gomorrah” (Jer 23:14).  An immoral lifestyle clogs up the channel through which God’s revelation and blessings can flow.

[Pergamum, Laodicea, and Thyatira struggle with this issue.]

 

  • Speaking from their own imagination—“Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you.  They are leading you into futility; they speak a vision of their own imagination, not from the mouth of the Lord’” (Jer 23:16).  We must constantly guard against speaking our own opinion and trying to hang on it the authority of the Lord.

[Laodicea, Sardis, Thyatira, and Pergamum struggle with this issue.]

 

  • Speaking peace when there is no peace—“They keep saying to those who despise Me, ‘The Lord has said, “You will have peace”’; and as for everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart, they say, ‘Calamity will not come upon you’” (Jer 23:17).  This means they have no backbone; rather than speak the truth, they speak what they think people want to hear.

[Smyrna, Laodicea, Thyatira, and to some extent Philadelphia, struggle with this same issue.]

 

  • Giving false reports—“‘Can a man hide himself in hiding places so I do not see him?’ declares the Lord.  ‘Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?’ declares the Lord.  ‘I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy falsely in My name, saying, “I had a dream, I had a dream!” (Jer 23:24).  We have an obligation and awesome responsibility to give true reports concerning the Lord.  We cannot just present this prophetic stuff as though we know so much more than someone else.

[Sardis, Laodicea, Thyatira, and Pergamum struggle with this issue.]

 

  • Stealing words from one another—“‘Therefore behold, I am against the prophets,’ declares the Lord, ‘who steal My words from each other’” (Jer 23:30).  If our well is dry it is very easy to succumb to the temptation to take something we learned at a seminar or heard someone say at a meeting and present it as our own, not so much by claiming it as ours but by not giving credit where credit is due.  Saying “I don’t know,” or “I don’t have a word today” is always better than stealing someone else’s word just to save face.

[Ephesus, Laodicea, Thyatira, Pergamum, and Sardis struggle with this issue.]

 

  • Engaging in reckless boasting—“ ‘Behold, I am against those who have prophesied false dreams,’ declares the Lord, ‘and related them and led My people astray by their falsehoods and reckless boasting; yet I did not send them or command them, nor do they furnish this people the slightest benefit,’ declares the Lord’” (Jer 23:32).  Let’s not pretend to be better than we are or to embellish our achievements in front of others.

[Laodicea struggles with this issue.]

“Another danger is making the mistake of following Balaam’s example and allowing ourselves to be bought off for a price (see Num 24:2-4, 15-16).  [Also Pergamum’s issue.]  This again touches on the area of motivation.  Why do we do what we do?  Hopefully, we do what we do to bring glory, honor, and magnification to Him who is worthy, the Lord Jesus Christ.” [1]

Our purpose is to magnify the Lord, not market Him like merchandise.

Hold on…what’s this?

The Lectionary Barons picked up the last four verses in Mark 6 after leaving out quite a chunk.

Mark 6:53 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat.

We know Gennesaret from Mark 5, where Jesus met a fiercely wild man living in caves who was possessed by “Legion,” (Mk 5:9) the spirit-conglomerate of some 6,000 spirits (ie a Roman legion); this is the spirit world version of gang-bangers.  The spirits repeatedly asked Jesus not to send them out of the area, so He cast out the legion of spirits into a herd of pigs, about two thousand of them, and they rushed down the steep bank and into the lake where they drowned. (v 13)  News of this shocked the town, especially after they saw the once-crazy-man sitting in his right mind with Jesus. (v 15)  The man begged Jesus to then go with Him, (v 18) but Jesus sent him home to his family to tell them how much the Lord had done for him. (v 19)  This had taken place in the last chapter (Chapter 5) and now the disciples and Jesus are back in Gennesaret. 

Mark 6:54 When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him,

It would appear that the once-crazy-man-now-sane did exactly as Jesus had told him to do and verifies what Mark 5:20 tells us: that the man went and told in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him.  The man did as he promised (and more so, because Jesus had sent him to his family and he took the Good News beyond them and to the Decapolis!)  The man was so faithful that when Jesus and the disciples moored their boat this time around, everyone from the whole region rushed to Him, bringing to Him their sick on mats (Mk 6:55) and begging just to touch the fringe of His cloak. (v 56)  And all who touched Him were healed. (v 56)  What a turn-around from the last chapter where the “begging” was so energetically different!  “Legion” was begging not to be sent out of the area. (Mk 5:10) 

[My Bible footnote (NIV Study Bible) says, “The demons were fearful of being sent into eternal punishment, ie “into the Abyss.” (Luke 8:31) 

Well, that was then and this is now…and I didn’t get that memo not to send them out of the area.  I send them into the Abyss every chance I get.  Will anyone join me in these house-cleaning efforts?] 

Speaking of more begging, there had been begging/ pleading by the people for Jesus to leave their region. (Mk 5:17)  There had been begging from Sane Man to go with Jesus. (v 18)  There had been lots of begging on all fronts (spiritual and physical.)  Now these same people had a change of heart.  The Holy Spirit had had time to work in them.  There had been time for belief to germinate and grow.  Belief came not in the messenger but through the Holy Spirit in Christ Himself.

So in closing, dear reader, instead of begging, probably the best example of encouragement I can offer you (and the “Golden Fleece-d”) are words from respected teacher-theologian, Oswald Chambers (d 1917), who addressed the shepherds when he wrote the following for July 17 in his daily devotional, My Utmost for His Highest:

THE MIRACLE OF BELIEF

“My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words.” 1 Corinthians 2:4

Paul was a scholar and an orator of the first rank; he is not speaking out of abject humility, but saying that he would veil the power of God if when he preached the gospel he impressed people with his “excellency of speech.” Belief in Jesus is a miracle produced only by the efficacy of Redemption, not by impressiveness of speech, not by wooing and winning, but by the sheer unaided power of God.  The creative power of the Redemption comes through the preaching of the Gospel, but never because of the personality of the preacher.  The real fasting of the preacher is not from food, but rather from eloquence, from impressiveness and exquisite diction, from everything that might hinder the gospel of God being presented. The preacher is there as the representative of God—“as though God did beseech you by us.”  He is there to present the Gospel of God.  If it is only because of my preaching that people desire to be better, they will never get anywhere near Jesus Christ.  Anything that flatters me in my preaching of the Gospel will end in making me a traitor to Jesus; I prevent the creative power of His Redemption from doing its work.

“I [Jesus], if I be lifted up…, will draw all men unto Me.” [2]

This is where the real healing comes, when we lift Him up and personally touch Him.  And He touches us!

Prayer:  Lord, please help us to forgive, to touch, to release, and to heal.  Please forgive all the shepherd leaders, all the Churches, and all the prophets, as we are all like sheep who have been led astray.  We all have been “Golden Fleece-d.”  Please forgive us for trying to market You like merchandise.  Please cast anything impure into the Abyss, so that we may stand upright with dignity in Your presence.  By Your mercy and grace, please bring us back to Your fold, drawing us together as we worship You.  We acknowledge Your authority and Your righteousness.  We are witnesses to Your fulfilling of Your own prophecies right before our own eyes.  Please forgive us for now we know You are right.  Please lift us up and stand us on our feet anchored in Your Spirit to walk in Your integrity.  Please restore our covenantal relationship with You, our King.  Please fulfill in us the words You spoke through Jeremiah:

Jer 23:5 The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

23:6 In his days Judah [the Church] will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: “The LORD is our righteousness.”

 

8 After Pentecost                  22 July 2012                           Gospel: Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

2 Samuel 7:1-14a
7:1 Now when the king was settled in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies around him,

7:2 the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.”

7:3 Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that you have in mind; for the LORD is with you.”

7:4 But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan:

7:5 Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the LORD: Are you the one to build me a house to live in?

7:6 I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle.

7:7 Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”

7:8 Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the LORD of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel;

7:9 and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth.

7:10 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly,

7:11 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house.

7:12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.

7:13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

7:14a I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me.

Psalm 89:20-37
89:20 I have found my servant David; with my holy oil I have anointed him;

89:21 my hand shall always remain with him; my arm also shall strengthen him.

89:22 The enemy shall not outwit him, the wicked shall not humble him.

89:23 I will crush his foes before him and strike down those who hate him.

89:24 My faithfulness and steadfast love shall be with him; and in my name his horn shall be exalted.

89:25 I will set his hand on the sea and his right hand on the rivers.

89:26 He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation!’

89:27 I will make him the firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.

89:28 Forever I will keep my steadfast love for him, and my covenant with him will stand firm.

89:29 I will establish his line forever, and his throne as long as the heavens endure.

89:30 If his children forsake my law and do not walk according to my ordinances,

89:31 if they violate my statutes and do not keep my commandments,

89:32 then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with scourges;

89:33 but I will not remove from him my steadfast love, or be false to my faithfulness.

89:34 I will not violate my covenant, or alter the word that went forth from my lips.

89:35 Once and for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to David.

89:36 His line shall continue forever, and his throne endure before me like the sun.

89:37 It shall be established forever like the moon, an enduring witness in the skies.” Selah

Jeremiah 23:1-6
23:1 Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the LORD.

23:2 Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the LORD.

23:3 Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply.

23:4 I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the LORD.

23:5 The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

23:6 In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: “The LORD is our righteousness.”

Psalm 23
23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;

23:3 he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff– they comfort me.

23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.

Ephesians 2:11-22
2:11 So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called “the uncircumcision” by those who are called “the circumcision” –a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands–

2:12 remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

2:14 For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.

2:15 He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace,

2:16 and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it.

2:17 So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near;

2:18 for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.

2:19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God,

2:20 built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.

2:21 In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord;

2:22 in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
6:30 The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.

6:31 He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.

6:32 And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves.

6:33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them.

6:34 As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

6:53 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat.

6:54 When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him,

6:55 and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was.

6:56 And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.


[1] Jim Goll, The Seer: The Prophetic Power of Visions, Dreams, and Open Heavens; (Shippenburg, PA: Destiny Image Publishers, 2004),  p 155-157

[2] Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, (Uhrichsville, Ohio: Barbour Publishing, Inc and Discovery House, Publ;) 1935.

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