January 8, 2013 Mark 6 Luke 9 John 5-6 by Nancy Baird

 AudioJan 8 2013 Lesson 78

Mark 6
Luke 9
John 5-6


“Mockery is the fume of little hearts.”
Tennyson, Idylls of the King, 1. 628.

“One of the few things I know about writing is this:  spend it all…every time.  Do not hoard what seems good for a later time…give it all, give it now.  The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now.  Something more will arise for later, something better.  These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water…Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you.  You open your safe and find ashes.”    Annie Dillard, The Writing Life, 79.

“Even as Israel had been miraculously fed during the time of Moses, now was bread provided in the desert by this new prophet.”   James Talmage, Jesus the Christ, 335.

(Quoting Martin Luther): “…there was never in heaven or earth a more loving, familiar, or milder man, in words, works, and demeanor, especially towards poor, sorrowful, and tormented consciences.”

But then Gossip goes on to say:
“These aspects of the Master…fill our minds – too exclusively…But the Scriptures makes it plain that those who lived with him were conscious that, along with all that, there was also in him something awesome, tremendous, superhuman, something that awoke in them what was a kind of dread.  That is too apt to be forgotten.”
Arthur John Gossip, Interpreter’s Bible, Vol. 8, 652.

If we fix our eyes on Jesus, we may walk over swelling waves of disbelief, unterrified in rising winds of doubt.  If we turn our eyes away and instead look at the power and fury of the destructive elements around us, we too shall sink.  If we listen while we are in the deep, IN THE DEEP, in the storms and darkness, we can hear those beautiful words:
“Wherefore didst thou doubt?   It is I.  Be not afraid.”