What Jesus Did! 'Under Scrutiny' — Mark 2:18

Saturday, February 6, 2016

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The followers of John and the Pharisees were fasting. Some people came to Jesus and said, "John's followers fast, and the followers of the Pharisees fast. But your followers don't fast. Why?"
— Mark 2:18 NLT
Illustration of Mark 2:18 NLT — The followers of John and the Pharisees were fasting. Some people came to Jesus and said, "John's followers fast, and the followers of the Pharisees fast. But your followers don't fast. Why?"

Key Thought

As today's passage and the verses on either side of it indicate, Jesus is in a time of close scrutiny as people try to understand the Lord and his message. Even at this early stage of his ministry, many of the questions move from sincere truth-seeking and quickly become an opportunity to try to trap him. Other questions carry some implicit accusation that Jesus' teaching and expectations are soft and lax on holiness and dedication. While the critical questions of others should make us go back and re-examine our positions and practices, we do not need to compromise our commitments and values. Truth and genuine commitment have always been criticized.

Today's Prayer

LORD God Almighty, give me the courage to not turn back from my convictions when I am criticized, doubted, and questioned. Help me to know your truth and put it into practice each day of my life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 8:31-32
  • Galatians 1:10
  • John 7:14-18

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.