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In terms of favoritism and partiality, we must put our "faith to our feet" and show EVERYONE the love of Christ and present the Gospel.
Today we continue with our look at Mark and the message and mercy of Jesus
Salvation is by God's mercy alone, and this is why the Apostle Paul urges the Christian by the mercies of God. To recognize this is to understand that God has exercised his authority in heaven and on earth in a merciful way to rescue sinners from sin. By exercising his authority in merciful ways to rescue his people from sin, God has enabled them to not only understand that His authority is something good to which we submit, but also given them the ability to submit. We know that we are submitting to God's authority when we recognize its unique administration through God's written word, we respond obediently to it and receive its unique benefits in our transformation (being made to be like Jesus) and we receive its unique reward in our understanding and obedience to God's will. All this means, among other things, that our primary orientation will be to look outside ourselves to God rather than be focused inwardly and primarily concerned about our sincerity.
The patriarch, Abraham, had a few misteps in his life of faith. This teaching highlights one of them, and how the start of his faith journey parallels our own in learning that God's call on a person's life has nothing to do with that person's mertis, but has everything to do with God's grace. This is must-hear teaching, especially for those struggling with feelings of unworthiness.
In Mark 2:23-28 the conflict over the Sabbath begins with: 1. A distorted accusation 2. A direct correction 3. A divine declaration