What Jesus Did! 'For Your Understanding' — Mark 4:10-11

Saturday, February 27, 2016

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Later, Jesus was away from the people. The twelve apostles and Jesus' other followers asked him about the stories. Jesus said, "Only you can know the secret truth about the kingdom of God. But to those other people I tell everything by using stories.
— Mark 4:10-11 NLT
Illustration of Mark 4:10-11 NLT —  But to those other people I tell everything by using stories.

Key Thought

Why would Jesus conceal his message from outsiders? First, they can't understand it properly. If his disciples have a hard time understanding Jesus, then how would those who don't share their passion for the work of God ever understand it? Second, Jesus is redefining his followers' understanding about the Kingdom of God. His terms and ideas would be distorted and misused by others. Third, he is entrusting his message to them, his chosen followers, to share the message with others later in their ministry when he is gone. Not every message is appropriate to share with everyone. Certain times are more appropriate for sharing some information than other times. In addition, special messengers have to be trained to share the truth before it is shared. So we ask God to give us the sense of time and message to be useful servants for his kingdom.

Today's Prayer

Father, please give me wisdom in knowing when to speak and when to be silent. I want to share your message in the proper way, at the proper time, to the proper people. Give me patience so that I can keep my mouth shut when silence is needed. Give me courage to speak when the time is right to speak. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you and a blessing to others. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Proverbs 15:23
  • Titus 1:3
  • James 1:19

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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.

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