April 12, Reading 3 – Mark 8:11-26

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SAA Notes

The yeast of the Pharisees is seen in verses 11 and 12. What is so wrong about these attitudes and teachings that Jesus warns against them? How can I tell honest questioning from cynical pretence?

SJA Notes

Here we read that Jesus sighed deeply in His spirit.

Back in chapter 7 we also read that Jesus sighed when looking up to heaven, before healing the deaf mute man.

Sigh.

Often we’re not sure whether to sigh or not. A sigh generally means there is great weight on the spirit, something bigger than we can cope with, can understand.

Jesus sighed! And not just once, but it seems as though it was an important element of His life here on earth.

Very interesting to think through, and helpful. Because when we sigh, we can know that Jesus did too.

For us, when we sigh, Peter’s words must ring true – “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

* Dear God,

Thank You that we can be encouraged from this passage, that Jesus sighed. He experienced the depths of emotion that run rampant through our own brief lives here on earth.

Thank You that You care for us, that Your love for us is steadfast and strong.

Please help us to remember that we need to cast our cares on You. Because You have created this mechanism for our good! That we can cast our cares on You! Because You care for us!

Thank You dear heavenly Father.

Amen.

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