Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Day 303

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Welcome to Day 303 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Job 21; Mark 5; Mark 6 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P =  Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer

S cripture

Job 21:3, “Bear with me while I speak, and after I have spoken, mock on.”

34 “So how can you console me with your nonsense? Nothing is left of your answers but falsehood!”

Mark 5:39, “‘Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.’ 40 But they laughed at him.”

Mark 6:2b, “‘Where did this man get these things?’ they asked. ‘What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? 3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?’ And they took offense at him.”

O bservation

The saying, “Familiarity breeds contempt.” comes to mind…

A pplication

The origin of that phrase comes from one of Aesop’s fables… the Fox and the Lion.

When first the Fox saw the Lion he was terribly frightened, and ran away and hid himself in the wood. Next time however he came near the King of Beasts he stopped at a safe distance and watched him pass by. The third time they came near one another the Fox went straight up to the Lion and passed the time of day with him, asking him how his family were, and when he should have the pleasure of seeing him again; then turning his tail, he parted from the Lion without much ceremony.

“Familiarity Breeds Contempt”


In the end, we are all just human… but especially now, in our society, everyone is out for the 15 minutes of fame (coined by Andy Warhol!), on YouTube or some reality show.

(Have you heard of Honey Boo Boo?)

Everyone had heard of Jesus, his teachings, the miracles he was performing. People everywhere were amazed!

Except those who knew him… They were like, “Wait a minute… isn’t this Jesus, the carpenter’s son?? We know his family!”

Scott translation: “Who does he think he is??”

Because of their lack of faith, (and their attitude toward him) he could only do a few miracles there.

I remember the first time I heard my daughter Natalie was learning to draw blood. (She was training as an EMT in the Air Force.) I thought, “She’s never going to draw blood from me…”

Then I had a friend tell me she had assisted him in surgery…


Wait… My 20-year-old daughter is… assisting you in surgery??

Imagine being Jesus… the Son of God… the Messiah… with the ability to heal everyone around you…

But they won’t let you.

P rayer

Lord may my heart always set you apart as holy, as the Son of God, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords… who calls me friend.

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4 thoughts on “Day 303

  1. Mark Long on said:

    Its interesting(and a little confusing) that Jesus tells the man in Mark 5:19 “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”. Yesterday in Mark 3 Jesus “gave them strict orders not to tell others about him.”

    It just reinforces to me that we need to follow God’s direction and will and not our own. He has His reasons that are well beyond my understanding. I’m not going to sweat the small stuff! Someday, in heaven, I may understand it. I look forward to those conversations!

  2. Mark 5:18 ad Jesus got into the boat the man who had been demon possessed begged to go with him.19) Jesus did not let him but said go home to your family and tell them all that the Lord has done for you and how he had mercy on you. 42) immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was 12 yrs. Old )at this they were completely astonished. 43) he gave strict orders not to tell anyone about this and he told them to give her something to eat. Mark 6:51 then he climbed in the boat with them and the wind died down. They were completely amazed 52) for they had not understood about the loaves their hearts were hardened.
    I love this chapter. While the whole question abt when Jesus told them not to speak if certain miracles and others He asked them not to isn’t clear I dont have to know. What really hits me today is the disciples in the boat rowing (straining at the oars 6:48) in the dark, he’s about to pass by them as he walks on the water. But when they cried out terrified (50) immediately he spoke to them “take courage it is I don’t be afraid.” 51) then he climbed in the boat and the wind died down.
    He SEES our struggles comes to us, when we cry out to Him He answers IMMEDIATELY. and MEETS us right where we are and brings us peace and ease. Thank you Father for your Word it surrounds me in sadness and struggles. I never have to be afraid…

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