Tag: authority for ministry
Scripture reading for February 19th: Mark 8
Key scriptures for over-comers: Mark 8:11-13 “The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test Him, they asked Him for a sign from heaven. He sighed deeply and said, “Why does this generation ask for a miraculous sign? I tell you the truth, no sign will be given to it.” Then He left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side.”
After a miraculous feeding of 4000 men, plus women and children with just seven loaves and two fish, Jesus went to another side of the Sea of Galilee. He was met by the Pharisees who demanded that Jesus perform a miraculous sign from heaven. These were scholars of the Old Testament and the very Messiah spoken of in the Law and Prophets now stood before them. He had taught in the temple, and in their synagogues and done many mighty miracles as signs spoken of in the Scriptures. But they refused to believe in Him, instead wanting to be entertained by the miraculous! Jesus sighed deeply in disgust!
Part of our church culture today should read this Scripture and take heed. Some don’t even believe in the miraculous and that is wrong. But others go around seeking the miraculous. They are not satisfied if “the miraculous” isn’t happening where God has planted them. Just as Jesus did not turn the stones into bread or jump off the Temple to appease Satan, He does not do miracles to satisfy curiosity! (Matthew 4:1-7) He only responds to faith!
Observations for over-comers: Beware of seeking miraculous signs! Jesus has given us His Word and Spirit and promises to work with us confirming His Word with signs that follow as He sees the need! “He has shown you, O man, what is good. and what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)