THE GOSPEL OF MARK – IGNORANCE AND GULLIBILITY

IGNORANCE AND GULLIBILITY

7 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed. 8 When they heard about all he was doing, many people came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon. 9 Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him. 10 For he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him. 11 Whenever the impure spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 12 But he gave them strict orders not to tell others about him. Mark 3:7-12

Something else flows out of this passage. Although the demons knew who Jesus was, and blurted out the truth in His presence, their avowed intent was to lie, deceive and pervert the truth to as many people as they could, to discredit Him so that people would not believe Him. It is not the testimony of demons that should convince us of Jesus’ identity but the conviction that He is the son of God, based on the evidence.

Because human beings are frail and transient, (Psalm 103) we are vulnerable to demonic influences. If we are not convinced for ourselves who Jesus is, we will fall prey to deception because of our ignorance and gullibility. The people ran after Him from all over Israel and the surrounding territories because of what He could do for them. Everyone wanted a piece of the pie.

John warns (in 1 John 2:15-17), that the world and its concerns are as transient as humans are. If we attach ourselves too closely to the world and what it stands for, we are in danger of being swept away with it when it finally disappears. Our only guarantee of being part of the everlasting realm where God is, is to attach ourselves to Him and to shelter in Him where we cannot be lured away by deception (Psalm 91:1).

How do we do that in practice? By learning to become one (ECHAD) with God in what He desires. The domain where we experience oneness with God is in our thinking which ultimately influences our deciding, choosing and doing. When we begin to think like God, we begin to take shelter in Him and dwell in His protective shadow by faith in the truth.

If we are vulnerable to deception, then we can also be influenced by the truth and, when we believe the truth, our lives are secure in God who is from everlasting to everlasting. Our thoughts of truth bind us to the truth. As long as we think what is true, we are secure in God; we dwell in God and He dwells in us and we are part of His indestructible eternity.

Luella Campbell


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