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May 5, 2021 6:00 am
I hope that's not me. I hope I'm not treating someone with contempt that I should be honoring. I hope I'm not that person that you know bites the hand that feeds them hear someone trying to help you along make you stronger give you an opportunity and then you turn on them because your strong old loyalties. Every Christian should know what loyalty is that the fight to keep is not loyalty. If you can just dismiss it when at at at a whim. This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston. Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of Mark, please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching, and now here's Pastor Rick with part two of his message called the rejection. In Mark chapter 6 first Corinthians chapter 15 we read this from Paul then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom of God to the father when he puts an end to all rule and authority and power that is human will and authority and power as he will be the authority and power. So there.
The two Cummings if there woven into the prophets. As I said, but they should've picked up on it because his signs and wonder was so remarkably extraordinary. His preaching was so in-line with the prophets.
They had no reason to doubt him, and for this he says Sodom and Gomorrah will come out better than you because they didn't see did tossed to the wind. Verse three is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Josie's Judas and Simon and are not his sisters with us. So they were offended at him. They know his family well. They knew all the boys of the boys came to the synagogue. In fact, the boys were siding with Judaism against their brother against the Christ. Of course their stepbrother or half according to the flesh. Mark is the only gospel where Jesus himself is called carpenter.
Matthew says son of a carpenter. They saw him as a mere blue-collar worker.
That was his rank and he was to be's.there is not to come out of that rank and be some teacher of the word to them is fine if you want to the synagogue and he just read Scripture to them but to apply it to himself to apply it to them, they were astonished at this, many still consider him a mere carpenter where they going to be surprised when they breathed their last breath. Find out he is more than a carpenter is more than anything anyone could ever fully know so they were not impressed by his sermon because they were not impressed by his status, his social status. The caste system.
It worked for them in their little heads snivel my small thinking and people still do it in Christianity today. What seminary did you go to the seminary of give you a knuckle sandwich that's the seminary I went to I mean if they do is it's it's it's shameful because the Scripture speaks on this thing is not passed by they perceive that these were not educated men, but they had been with Jesus after they said about Peter and the apostles. That's what we want them to say about us no matter what our background, no matter how well educated, or not so well educated, we may be. That is not the issue. The issue is what do we say about Jesus Christ from his that's what matters.
Imagine imagine if you as a parent had to you know there's is in overall well what what level parent are you know how high up the ladder. Have you gone is apparent. Some try to sneak that in any way but when not going to go into that, so they weren't impressed because someone more than truth then unsatisfied would just Bible teaching and not satisfied with just the truth of the word, they want something else, even if they don't know what it is and their wants should not be met under those terms.
They say here that he was the son of Mary, this is the only place in the New Testament where Jesus is referred to as the son of Mary.
Now Joseph and Mary were of royal heritage.
They were of the line of David.
But it no longer mattered to the rest of the people in Nazareth at this time it did really nothing for them in that society and the brother of James Josie's Judas and Simon are not his sisters here with us. These are Mary's other children, to which she gave birth. After her first born. You do not call someone a firstborn if there are no more Bourns you would say her only child, we see that in Scripture.
When someone's child was sick or dying. It was their only child. That distinction is important. We just can't see Joseph taking Mary with the baby Jesus into Egypt with six other kids and then back out.
These things are not realistic because it didn't happen that way and I know there are those that want to say Mary had no other children machine that's not what the Bible says James is the author of the epistle of James Josie's it's a form of Joseph.
So they named him after their father Judas. Of course this is not Judas Iscariot.
This is Jude who is the author of Jude's epistle, it says here in verse three, so they were offended at him last time you really offended trying to kill them, but they were arrogant they were crippled critical they were self impressed.
They were so thrilled with themselves and the system that they had nothing else could get in.
Not even from God. The system was closed. Isaiah 53, 7/700 years earlier. Isaiah called he said, for he shall grow up before them as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground because their root out of dry ground owes nothing to the things around it because they've not been a contributing thing anything to it is no formal or comeliness. And when we see him there is no beauty that we should desire him. He personified Isaiah does the people here in Nazareth and other parts of Israel. But right now here in Nazareth is not attractive to them. There's nothing they see in him that is appealing no matter what he's preaching.
A matter what he's doing. We have to and we see this today. Do we not you can win in political office. If you just look like they like you. That's all you need to doesn't matter what you say what you do this you appeal to us and did not appear appeal to them. There is no beauty that we should desire him quite profound men so out of touch with God that they were incapable of appreciating the beauty of God. When face-to-face with it. May it never happen to us, may we never be so spiritually dense that the light of God cannot get in. He owed them nothing.
They contributed nothing to his being and that bothered them. They wanted to be the ones that stamp approval.
Okay, he's one of us. Okay you know if they wanted to say well if he was a rabbi son, they would've been more receptive carpenter's son, John 715 and the Jews marveled, saying, how does this man know letters, having never studied.
We didn't teach him. So how could he know anything again still practice to this day on these not the dumbest reasons for rejecting truth what your families here with as we know them. So we reject you got bad family like that. Of course this family was. It was did they sided with these people. I how far they sided with them when not sure Mary if I don't believe was really into it. But remember, they thought he had lost his mind and they all went to collect him that day.
Of course he would not be collected by them or anyone else. And so here these in Nazareth they made up a criteria for breaching truth and doing signs and wonders from God in a carpenter's son was not allowed to be a part of his rank was too low. Today they said other silly rules. Often times, which have nothing to do with doctrinal truth and there's really not a lot anybody can do to stop it except on the individual level, so they called him the carpenter. What right had they to stunt his growth.
What right had they to say this is far you can go listen if you want to build things if you want to do you notice someone working for us will would love to hear what you have to say about your craft, but truth about God were not interested in it coming from you. So he was deemed out of his class. Verse four we could just go on and on about his pedigree and his background which was defined from eternity past and they missed it, but we are getting it and we are entrusted with trying to communicate this to those who don't get it.
May we never lose sight of our role. Our mission what is my role here on earth. What is my mission to reach the lost to be able to reach the lost.
What goes into that table that ability the knowledge of the word love and grace all know some just want a pharisaical view.
I know the Bible better than you. I am more righteous than you. One reason why we don't encourage children to be baptized because they haven't been on the battlefield.
Yet they will be as they get older they'll be face-to-face with challenges to their faith. We going to find out if they going to be Pharisees are not going to find out if they going to listen to the devil at a faster rate than listening to the Holy Spirit and we don't want to cause a stampede of well you know my you know that pure pressure you did it so I'm going to do it now.
Nothing we prohibit anyone from being baptized. I'm just saying we encourage those who are really determined. I know the Lord Jesus Christ. I mean if a two-year-old could come up to me so I know who Jesus is.
He is my Lord and he is my Savior. What prohibits me from being baptized. I picked that little character up and I've so, but they gotta get there. Gotta be you know face-to-face and I don't know for you. When I asked my time to be baptized.
I knew Jesus was, I knew I was not and I knew what he could make me one day and to to be able to with authority say here is water. What prohibits me nothing. If you believe this is our heritage given to us by God by Christ. It is valuable you know, and I ran today they have to sneak out to get baptized. They going to other countries to get baptized because if anybody finds out what's going on with them in Jesus Christ. They're going to suffer persecution in some form. Verse four but Jesus said to them, a prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives and in his own house.
This is a proverb not intended to be of theological fact across the board because there of course, others in Scripture that were accepted by the new Moses you know of his older brother and older sister Aaron and Miriam.
They they submitted to his authority that some hiccups there, but overall they certainly were submitted did not intend to be the case all the time. The English equivalent of this is familiarity breeds contempt. You get so used to somebody being nice and kind that you don't even appreciate.
I mean Christ living with these boys and these daughters. They had nothing against him.
Why would they sided against him in the family. By the time we get to acts chapter 1, we see them all believers.
But for now they're not with him they could not appreciate his goodness. I hope that's not me. I hope I'm not treating someone with contempt that I should be honoring.
I hope I'm not that person that you know bites the hand that feeds them hear someone trying to help you along make you stronger give you an opportunity and then you turn on them because you don't know what loyalty is. Every Christian should know what loyalty is that the fight to keep it is not loyalty. If you can just you know dismiss it when at at at a whim and if you if you going to turn against something. Have have your facts lined up the right, not your emotional feelings were hurt or something like that.
I know it's tough when your feelings get out outcome. Speaking of feelings, Isaiah 53.
Again he was despised and rejected by men, will that had to be fun.
Of course it was not no matter who to Christ in the flesh. It was not a beautiful thing and so Isaiah continues, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. He knew how to let his heart be broken and stay focused on what he was supposed to do. Nonetheless, you know how hard that is now easy to say I quit I give up. I'm done. What is he say father forgive them. They know not what they do.
I can call 12 legions of angels and put an end to this silly enough stuff right now. That's why he didn't send me to be the Savior hired a call 24 legions to make sure the job was thorough. Now course, that's the flesh speaking we understand the intensity behind these simple words it was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, acquainted with Greece and we headed as it were our faces from him.
He was despised, and we did not esteem him missed the Blewitt was right there I die and they missed it and some of us of the same way their people to take care of us that love us to look out for us to pray for us to work with us and we just told appreciate them out on it saying all of us like that all of us have the potential to be that way.
And some of us are like that from time to time and I hope none of us are like that all the time. Samuel experience this rejection. Yahweh said to Samuel, heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you on that matter, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me that I should not reign over them. How that must've been just the javelin in the belly of the good of the Lord. They rejected me.
Samuel. Samuel say I know what I feel like I'm rejected to because he was he was that attached to God you didn't get to reject God without rejecting Samuel and Samuel felt it, David.
How many Psalms is David right you get to think they because everybody hates you that we saw love thereafter made a bit of the balls of the center of surrounded me because he understood he God and I think sometimes the road vicariously wrote on behalf of someone else who he knew was suffering and he put it down in his writing because he knew it himself. He experienced it firsthand and often enough.
He knew that there were people that were not loyal to him as king. Even though he was loyal to Saul, the maniac of give you so this loyal to the Hon. yet they tolerated and even celebrated. All at the put up with this. Remember, what is the same.
The rejection Paul says this to the Corinthians to some of them remembered in the Corinthian church you had the wackos who he fitted to bring down Leavy did then you had the troublemakers and then you had the solid believers. That's the Corinthian church, and these rights this to them to the group. The if one of these things if the shoe fits wear it. Kind of a thing, but in grace and love.
Not a mean-spirited shoe fits wear it. It's like you listen if this is you and you see that and fix it. That's the idea with love pieces for you put up with. Gladly. Now you all don't do that since you yourselves are wise for you, put up with it. If one brings you into bondage. If one devours you. If one takes from you. If one exalts himself. If one slaps you in the face. That's what he says. Second Corinthians 1119 and 20 W. of the sermon you let people abuse you. What a righteous teacher comes along you'll have none of that. You get the sarcasm sardonic. He's not trying to wound them is trying to snap them out of it. What could they say when they read that it hurt Paul to write that. He says you're putting up with these people in your attacking me call try he made a quick trip to Carmen to try to fix things and was a disaster.
He started that church that happened the great apostle Paul allows the teaching like Paul was doing miracles like Paul us was handpicked like ball. How dare somebody reject him and they did verse five. Let me pause here when I was preparing for the said Lord I do not want this to be a sneaky autobiography of the sufferings of a pastor, I want this to remain true. But let me tell you what happened to me once because is not just for basses for all of us.
If my Lord had his feelings hurt. I want to know how he dealt with it. If Paul had his feeling stepped on in the interest of his Lord, I want to know what he did with it. Because here's Paul praying for these people loving them with them, in sickness with them in lawsuits with them in whatever they had to do with them as slaves, many of them turned on him.
Nonetheless, verse five.
Now he couldn't do no mighty works there, except that he laid hands on a few sick people and healed them.
Thank you Lord.
He was still the Lord's is okay fine you don't believe, but this one does. And this was going to suffer because you don't believe, and he ministered to them. Stephen Stephen saw his last words. It cost him to correct the guilty did not cost him his life.
He said you stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and years. You always resist the Holy Spirit as your fathers did, so do you may not be us. Maybe not resist the Holy Spirit.
Ananias went when he was sent to Paul to minister to him and then baptize him.
He did not resist tedious questions for disguise killing Chris do you stroke you want me to, and we got the right guys want make sure I understand this.
I want to go to the wrong address. And of course the Lord's disease and faithful servant of my lab you are showing how much you will suffer for me and Ananias was off his he's going to suffer right but anyway still verse five says he touched those who believed in spite of those who did not. He touched them read again verse five that he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick touched by Jesus. Can you imagine they didn't have the Scriptures and the knowledge we have verse six and he marveled because of their unbelief.
Then he went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.
Now this is the marvel of disappointment not to like this is a negative impression he left this even if he didn't go wow. That's how you do it. It was wow that was bad. They admitted to the miracles they admitted to the teachings and they still turned on me like that those who rejected him. They could stop him. That's the lesson the rejection. What's the lesson he continued ministering to did not let that stop in the being getting your feelings hurt being made bitter is a powerful force. It can knock you out of the race so the writer says that as you know, laying aside the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with and dealt with diligence. The race that is set before us laying aside the sin that so easily trips us up. Whether it's your sin of the sins of others. Christ response to their rejection is fine.
Work goes on with or without you. He went about teaching because ignorance could not be ignored by him or by God.
You know there's a saying you think education is expensive, try ignorance is true. This is consistent with his deity, and that's what catches my eye when I read this I don't want to come up as early day about all of you and all the daggers and stabbings and bad things people say though the dog about my side story right there wrong instead of doing that, I'd rather say let me tell you about some of the pain and how to push through it because one day I'm going to stand for Christ. And I don't want him to say you almost there kid to get the whole feeling her thing and then you stop who bewitched you, having begun in the spirit we made perfect by this kind of behavior.
I don't want to hear that.
So I take the pain knowing knowing that he knows what he's doing and I'm submitted to that, whether I like it or not. What can hell do against a Christian who thinks that way we concern himself with the word of God and he taught God's word. Matthew four Jesus answered and said this is basic but we need a reminder, it is written.
This is the Scripture. This comes from the word of the from the throne of God from the mouth of God. It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Remember that the next time you think that I need more than Bible.
I need this and I need that yet you do need those other things brass, which indeed, the word of God always no matter what. Don't let Satan steal, wash or spill the wind from your sales verse seven and he called the 12 to himself and begin to send them out to buy two and gave them power over unclean spirits.
So there you are in hell, and years, and not the people, but hell itself.
The inhabitants and we shut them down in his own hometown and then word comes back, but now he's 12 be sending out the apostle is giving them specific instructions. Nazareth did not want to hear. He had mothers would and yet so many that he had to deputize his men. Thanks for tuning in to cross reference radio for this study in the book of Mark cross reference radio is the teaching ministry of Pastor Rick Gaston of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville in Virginia to learn more information about this ministry. Visit our website cross reference radio.com once you're there you'll find additional teachings from Pastor Rick.
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