Daily Devotion Text

November 13, 2020

Mark 11- 2020-11-13

  • Bible Text: Mark 11:15-19

    15 And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 16 And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. 17 And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” 18 And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way to destroy him, for they feared him, because all the crowd was astonished at his teaching.

    19 And when evening came they went out of the city.

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 11:15-19

    • Why did Jesus react so violently to what he saw in the temple?
    • Consider the process by which this kind of deterioration may have happened to the temple. What warnings or lessons are there for me?
    • What might Jesus say if he were to step into the modern-day Christian church? Would he see a “house of prayer for all the nations” or a “den of robbers”?
    • 1 Cor 6:19 says that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Are there things Jesus needs to “overturn” or “drive out” from my life?
  • Prayer 

November 12, 2020

Mark 11- 2020-11-12

  • Bible Text:

    Mark 11:11-14

    11 And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

    12 On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. 13 And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it.

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 11:11-14

    Note: The fruit of the fig tree appears around the same time as the leaves, or a little after.

    • What is the symbolic significance of this incident, given that in the Old Testament, the fig tree often serves as a metaphor for Israel?
    • What was Jesus hungry to find on the fig tree? What fruit of being a Christ-follower is Jesus hungering to see in his people today, whether in my life or in our church?
  • Prayer 

November 11, 2020

Mark 11- 2020-11-11

  • Bible Text: Mark 11:1-10

    1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples 2 and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” 4 And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. 5 And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6 And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. 7 And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. 8 And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. 9 And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

    10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 11:1-6

    • What is the relationship between obedience and knowing God?
    • Consider the question Jesus told the disciples to anticipate in response to their obedience to him. What answer does Jesus suggest, and do I have this kind of view towards my life and all I possess?

    Mark 11:7-10

    • The people completely misunderstood the nature of Jesus’ kingship. Are there ways I also turn Jesus into an earthly messiah or savior?
  • Prayer 

November 10, 2020

Mark 10- 2020-11-10

  • Bible Text:

    Mark 10:46-52

    46 And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” 50 And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” 52 And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 10:47-50

    • What can I learn about faith from Bartimaeus?

    Mark 10:49

    • Reflect on the words: “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” Is there some situation where I need to hear these words as a personal invitation and respond like Bartimaeus did?

    Mark 10:51

    • How would I answer if God asked me today, “What do you want me to do for you?” Is it more like Bartimaeus’ request or like that of James and John (10:37)?
  • Prayer 

November 9, 2020

Mark 10- 2020-11-09

  • Bible Text: Mark 10:35-45

    35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38 Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” 39 And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized, 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. 42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 10:35-37

    • What is the significance of James and John’s request to Jesus in light of what Jesus has been telling them?

    Mark 10:43-45

    • Why is a servant great, and a slave of all considered first, in the kingdom of God? What does this reveal about the values of the kingdom of heaven?
  • Prayer 

November 6, 2020

Mark 10- 2020-11-06

  • Bible Text: Mark 10:32-34

    32 And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, 33 saying, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. 34 And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.”

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 10:32-34

    • What does Jesus tell his disciples yet again regarding what will happen to him in Jerusalem? What can I learn from the fact that Jesus led the way, “walking ahead of them”?
    • What is the explanation for why Jesus would keep going towards, and not away, from the suffering and death awaiting him in Jerusalem? What implications are there for me as a follower of Christ?
  • Prayer 

November 5, 2020

Mark 10- 2020-11-05

  • Bible Text: Mark 10:23-31

    23 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” 28 Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 10:23-25

    • What can wealth do to a person that makes it almost impossible to enter the kingdom of God?

    Mark 10:26-27

    • Why is it that salvation is impossible without God? How much do I depend on God for people’s salvation? Are there people in my life I have deemed “impossible” to bring to salvation? Take time to pray for them.

    Mark 10:28-31

    • In response to Peter’s claim that he left everything to follow him, Jesus gives a three-fold promise. Consider the things included in Jesus’ promise, and how this compares with my experience and expectation of following Jesus.
  • Prayer 

November 4, 2020

Mark 10- 2020-11-04

  • Bible Text: Mark 10:17-22

    17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” 20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” 21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 10:17

    • What fundamental misunderstanding regarding salvation does this man’s question reveal?

    Mark 10:21

    • Why does Jesus tell him to go and sell all he has and give it to the poor? How is it a loving thing for Jesus to ask this of him? What does the man’s response reveal about what was really in his heart, despite his external obedience to the commandments?

    Mark 10:22

    • What is my relationship with wealth? Am I placing my hope in treasure on earth rather than treasure in heaven?
  • Prayer 

November 3, 2020

Mark 10- 2020-11-03

  • Journal

    Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.

    • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
    • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
    • List out all that you are grateful for.
    • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

     Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

  • Bible Text:

    Mark 10:13-16

    13 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 10:13

    • Why do you think the disciples rebuked those who brought children to Jesus?
    • Given what Jesus corrected the disciples about earlier (9:36-37), are there ways I am similar to the disciples, slow to learn and requiring correction?

    Mark 10:14-15

    • What might be some child-like qualities that Jesus is saying we need in order to receive the kingdom of God?
    • Are there people I might be overtly or inadvertently hindering from entering the kingdom of God?
  • Prayer 

November 2, 2020

Mark 10- 2020-11-02

  • Journal

    Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.

    • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
    • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
    • List out all that you are grateful for.
    • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

     Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:

  • Bible Text: Mark 10:1-12

    1 And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again. And again, as was his custom, he taught them.

    2 And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4 They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.” 5 And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.

    6 But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ 7 ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, 8 and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. 9 What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

    10 And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11 And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

    Questions to help us go deeper

    Mark 10:2

    • What warning is there from the fact that the Pharisees’ testing of Jesus came in the form of asking what was lawful?
    • In what ways do people try to test God by pushing certain boundaries?

    Mark 10:5

    • Considering that the people’s hardness of heart was the reason for God’s commandment about divorce, what can I learn about the purpose of his laws and boundaries?
  • Prayer 

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