Mark 6:1–6 (ESV)
1He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him.2And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? 3Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” 5And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching.
Three reasons why we can mistake the miraculous for the mundane and miss out on the blessings of God.
- Familiarity can breed contempt (6:1-4)
- Holiness can be misunderstood (6:1-4)
- Doubt can become a virtue (6:5-6)
Daily reading/questions for discussion
Monday:Q: Do you have any examples in your life where you have known a person or situation so well, that you lost respect for that person or become careless in that situation?
Tuesday:Q: Why would God put himself in an environment in which he would be treated without respect? In what way does Philippians 2:5-11 help us with this question?
Wednesday:Q: If you taught Jesus in a Sunday school class do you think you might wrestle with honoring him and having faith in Him? Luke 2:52
Thursday:Q: How can misplaced certainty create doubt? Is faith the same thing as certainty? Why or why not?
Friday:Eugene Peterson said… “In a world where nearly everything can be weighed, explained, quantified, subjected to psychological analysis and scientific control, I persist in making the center of my life a God whom no eye hath seen, nor ear heard, whose will no one can probe. That’s a risk.” Q: How much of your Christian life has involved risk in the name of faith? Is it really a risk if you are waiting for certainty before committing to something?
Saturday:“If Christianity was only about finding a group of people to live life with who shared openly their search for God and allowed anyone regardless of behavior to seek too and who collectively lived by faith to make the world a little more like Heaven would you be interested ’ ‘Hell yes ’ was his reply. He continued ‘Are there churches like that?” Hugh Halter & Matt Smay, The Tangible Kingdom: