This morning we shared a discussion based on Mark 5:1-20 Feel free to listen here. And follow along with the notes below:
God sees the torment of the broken.
You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle.–Psalm 56:8 English Standard Version (ESV)
For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:17 English Standard Version (ESV)
God doesn’t condemn the broken.
There is a difference between conviction and condemnation.
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God,be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 18:9-14 English Standard Version (ESV)
God recognizes that sometimes freedom is not possible without a miracle.
Why do people not seek healing?
There is a constant tension between the flesh and the spirit. (Romans 7)
A God encounter will always change you.
The man wants to go with Jesus.
Jesus sends the man back to the City.
This encounter is Jesus only ministry trip to this area.
God’s love always flows to the lowest and the farthest.
And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:15-17 English Standard Version (ESV)