Lesson 6 -- fourth quarter 2009
October 11, 2009
thoughts for the International Bible Study
© Copyright 2009
In the course of my life, I have discovered that I am one of my own worst enemies.
Wrong habits, wrong thoughts, self indulgence, spiritual weakness and blindness -- so many ways of working against myself and my own good!
And so many times I just cannot seem to overcome my own self.
"Neither could any man tame him" (Mark 5:4).
But Jesus did!
And Jesus can tame me as well . . . if I completely surrender to Him.
What a fantastic account of Christ's divine power and authority in action!
What a fantastic account of evil and depravity defeated!
What a fantastic account of cleansing and restoration!
What a fantastic account of...surrender?
Yeah. This time notice the surrender in this event.
First, we have a sensible, logical, natural request upon the pending departure of the Deliverer:
"And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him" (Mark 5:18).
Second, we have the Deliverer exercising His Lordship and revealing some of His higher plan:
"Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee" (Mark 5:19).
Third, we have the delivered one surrendering:
"And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel" (Mark 5:20).
Is there a lesson in there for me?
This concludes my comments based on the passage for the International Bible Study. To read my comments on the alternate lesson developed by Christian Light Publications, click here: Warnings Against Slothfulness.
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