Today’s readings.. (1 Kings 2), (Jeremiah 29), (Mark 3)

We all want to do the will of God, don’t we? The Bible is full of examples of those who claim to do the will of God, but who fail to grasp what the will of God really is!  Some deceive themselves into thinking that what they say and do  is in harmony with the ways of God – and is therefore his will.

The principle we need to follow is plain – to read God’s word regularly and do so with a totally honest God-fearing heart, so that we do not twist its’ meaning to suit our own desires.

What we read today in Mark ch. 3 shows that many of the Jews, especially the religious leaders were obsessed with  keeping the Sabbath in a ritualistic way.- creating for themselves the spirit of self-righteousness to such an extent it blinded their minds to what Jesus was saying and doing.

Because Jesus healed a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath Day “the Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.” [v.6]  They later made wild allegations against him saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul … the prince of demons” [v.22]

It is highly interesting that there is no mention of demons, or even the word ‘devil’ in the Old Testament.  Baalzebub gets a mention (2 Kings 1 v.3) as the idol-God in Ekron!    Human imagination about the evil-spirit world had only come as a result of the influence of Greek philosophy when they conquered the ancient world before Christ.

We notice how Jesus, in a sense ‘makes fun’ or ridicules their ways of thinking ‘How can Satan cast out Satan?” [v.23]  His family members come to see what is going on, obviously there were rumours circulating about him: they are “standing outside, they sent to him and called him.” [v.31]  He is told they “are outside seeking you”.

His response is very significant, “looking about at those who sat around him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God, he (or she) is my brother and sister and mother.”

The religious leaders had a corrupted perception of the will of God: we, who have God’s word so readily available have no excuse for failing to read it carefully so that we know the ways and principles upon which God acts and so do “the will of God” and as a result are truly Christ’s “brother and sister and mother”

A small group of young Christadelphian brothers have taken the time to produce this valuable resource for the brotherhood and beyond, they are using the Bible reading planner developed by Brother Robert Roberts called The Bible Companion. The Bible Companion (or Bible Reading Planner) is a guide developed by the Christadelphians to aid reading the Bible. It was first produced by Robert Roberts when he was just 14 years of age, in about 1853, and revised by him over a number of years into its current format. Most Christadelphians use this plan each day and it was designed to help you read the old testament once and the new testament twice each year. These readings which we feature are recorded using the KJV or the NKJV of the Bible and we hope will be helpful to those who may struggle with time or who have poor eyesight.

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