Jesus, Give Us a Word!

If you want to understand someone, you need only examine their motivations. What does a person want? Why do the crowds in Mark approach Jesus? Most often, they approach because they want to save their own neck; they want something for themselves. Rarely do they approach to gather supplies in order to help others. In Mark, the example of the father of the demon possessed mute presents an interesting exception to this pattern. Yes, he asks Jesus to help his son, but the way in which he asks hints at the possibility of faith: “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief,” namely, “Lord, I trust you, give me something to trust! Give me your teaching!” Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Mark 9:14-29. This week’s episode is in loving memory of Mohsen Yacoub.

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2 comments

  1. One of the best bible teachings yet in this series. Fr Marc points out Jesus’ preaching is not glamorous, he is giving us the Torah and Prophets, He hears and repeats, any good Bible teacher is hearing and repeating. I am reminded of the Rich Man saying, “They have Moses and the Prophets;” or Jesus telling the Rich Young Ruler “you know the commandments… Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not murder, Do not bear false witness, Do not oppress, Honor your father and mother…”

    Dr. Richard Benton has this brilliant observation, that Empire is always in background of the Biblical Narrative, both in the Older and Newer Testaments. Empire cannot give life- it can only show strength by killing, taking people into captivity, and having forced labor. Only God can give life; that is the difference between Empire and God, Empire can only kill & oppress, only God can give life.

  2. One of the best bible teachings yet in this series. Fr Marc points out Jesus’ preaching is not glamorous, he is giving us the Torah and Prophets, He hears and repeats, any good Bible teacher is hearing and repeating. I am reminded of Abraham telling the Rich Man saying, “They have Moses and the Prophets;” or Jesus telling the Rich Young Ruler “you know the commandments… Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not murder, Do not bear false witness, Do not oppress, Honor your father and mother…”

    Dr. Richard Benton has this brilliant observation, that Empire is always in background of the Biblical Narrative, both in the Older and Newer Testaments. Empire cannot give life- it can only show strength by killing, taking people into captivity, and having forced labor. Only God can give life; that is the difference between Empire and God, Empire can only kill & oppress, only God can give life.

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