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The Bridegroom (3 of 3)
Let us continue our journey through the second chapter of the Gospel of Mark with a prayer. "Father God Almighty, continue to touch our hearts as you did in the prior sermons. Come and fill our hearts with Your simple, yet profound wisdom, truth, and knowledge. We do not want religion, denominational issues, or hypocrisy. What we want in this sermon is the true heart of God. Lord, we want to know what makes You mad. Lord we want to know what makes You sad. Lord we want to know what makes You glad. We want to know what makes You happy. Hear our prayer and come and live in these words. Amen."
Ready to continue letting the Spirit of God teach us from Mark's words? My friend, listen to this:
The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were fasting. Then they came and said to Him, "Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?"
Once again Jesus cannot get away from the religious critics; they are everywhere. The religious critics are always looking for some infraction of their perceived righteous laws of God. Notice that the critics are Jewish, children of God and they should know better. The critical children of God saw that Jesus and His disciples were not fasting as the law required. According to the Jewish laws this was a time when every Jew was to be fasting. Jesus, son of Joseph and Mary, was born into a Jewish home and knew about the laws. So the critics want to know why He and His disciples were not fasting. They pointed Jesus out and accused Him of violating the laws of God.
Religious critics are around today and they are always looking to find fault with the believer's of Christ. How can one tell who is the critic? Look for the two wrinkles between their frowning eye brows. Critics are those with wrinkled foreheads and they go around accusing those in the body of Christ.
Christian, are you one of those with the two wrinkles between your eye brows? A ...
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