Obedience

 

Introduction   Mark. 1:21-28

 

Authority, what is it and who possess it? We have many colleges and institutions that try to teach how to manage and take charge. Our military and police forces, we are told have this authority. We look at our leaders from the President to members of congress as individuals that carry this label of  authority. But what is the plan of God.

 

 

1.      The Church    (Mark. 1:21-28)

        Jesus sought the synagogue and went in to teach.

        The church is the training ground for those who seek Godís direction.

        This is where God meets with people and speaks his plans for our life. (Mark 18:18-20)

        God chooses a meeting place of people to reveal himself to the masses.

        It is here where you will find the mind of God, his plans and purposes.  

        It is a place of refuge and a place where miracles take place.

        It is here where the needs of people are revealed and met (vs. 23-24)

        One enters into the house of God; the heart of man is exposed by his presents.

        Church is a lot more than a support group or psychiatry treatment center, itís the House of God

        The body of Christ. it is here were God intends to instruct you and I. (Ephesians 4:10-12)

 

 

2.      Authority

        The statement made in scripture is that Jesus teachings are with authority.

        Jesus comes to us with power not as the religious leaders at that time

        Godís grace is much bigger than we give him credit for.

        Churches that perform have no authority but display traditions as the plan of God. (Mk 9:38-42)

  1. Be a doer of the word (James 1:22-23)

        When in Jesus present there is dominion established, the law enforcement is there

        Why didnít the Pastors deal with this prior to Jesus arrival?

  1. Jesus is the authority and visits in the local church with power to heal  (Acts 8:5-8)
    1. With man there is no power but now Jesus has visited the church we have power

        The Devil understanding this begins to utter Are you come to destroy us (Vs 24)

        The church has been transformed to one of authority, man can now speak as Jesus did and command

  • (Mark 4:37-41) even the winds are subject Ė God rules all things

Everything is subject to Godís rule for he is the maker and creator of all things (Mark 2:1-12)

 

 

3.      Obedience

        (vs. 27)  They marveled because of the doctrine Jesus had and how the deviled obeyed him

        This is what separates us from religions of the world, faith in action

        Our Leaders in the faith command unclean spirits and demonstrate this with signs and wonder.

        The testimonies of the Apostles and men of god as Smith Wigglesworth

        The church is the oracle of God and God is still active in the arena of wonders

        The New Testament shows repeatedly the power God had given to us as believers.

        This still holds true today, if you will obey God

        The devil has no option but to obey the words we speak, how great is this

        As we speak Godís word all things must obey

 

 

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Mark 1:21-28

21 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the Sabbath day, he entered into the synagogue, and taught.

22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.

23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,

24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.

25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.

27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.

28 And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.

 

Matthew 18:18-20

18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

 

Mark 9:38-42

38 And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.

39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.

40 For he that is not against us is on our part.

41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.

 

Ephesians 4:10-12

10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

 

James 1:22-23

22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

 

Acts 8:5-8

Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.

6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.

8 And there was great joy in that city.

 

Mark 4:37-41

37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

 

Mark 2:1-12

2:1 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home.

2 So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.

3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them.

4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on.

5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven."

6 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves,

7 "Why does this fellow talk like that? He's blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?"

8 Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, "Why are you thinking these things?

9 Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, take your mat and walk'?

10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . . ." He said to the paralytic,

11 "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home."

12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this!"

(from New International Version)

 

 

Mark 1:24; Mark 1:25

Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.

Let us alone. Literally, What to us and to thee? which means, "What have you to do with us?" The man speaks for himself and the demon within. I know thee. He was aware of Christ's true identity as the Holy One of God, indicating supernatural knowledge imparted by the demon.

 

 

Mark 1:25

And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

Hold thy peace. A strong word meaning to muzzle. The force of the command is almost equal to our "shut up." Come out. Both imperatives in this verse are calls for instantaneous compliance.

 

Mark 1:26-28

And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.

Had torn him. The spirit convulsed the man as he left him.

 

(from The Wycliffe Bible Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1962 by Moody Press)

Mark 9:38; Mark 9:39; Mark 9:40; Mark 9:41; Mark 9:42

Mark 9:38

And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.

Perhaps a desire to change the subject led John to speak. Apparently Jesus' remark concerning acts done in his name reminded John of the exorcist whom they had seen and who used the name of Jesus. Master. This is the word for "teacher." We forbad him. They kept on forbidding this unknown miracle worker (imp. tense). Their reason, he followeth not us, reveals a basically selfish attitude, an unwillingness to accept anyone except those of their own circle. Scofield calls this sectarianism.

 

Mark 9:39

But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.

Forbid him not. Literally, Stop forbidding him. Jesus did not quibble about details. If the man was using Christ's name in a sincere effort to help others, he was not to be hindered. A breadth of spirit that ought to characterize God's people is evidenced here. Our Lord's logic was twofold. First, such a man would not soon turn against Christ after working miracles in His name.

 

Mark 9:40

For he that is not against us is on our part.

The second reason for Christ's prohibition was that since the man was not against Christ and the disciples, then to some extent he was on their side.

 

Mark 9:41

For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

This verse further emphasizes the breadth of attitude displayed in Mark 9:39-40. No one who is seeking to serve the Lord, no matter how seemingly unimportant his service may be, is excluded from Christ's circle. The importance of this principle is seen in the use of the word verily (amen), and in the strong double negative which may be translated, . . . will by no means lose his reward (RSV).

 

Mark 9:42

And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.

The thought of this verse is linked to that of Mark 9:37 by the term little ones. Likewise, verses 42-48 are related, being centered around the idea of offenses. It is possible that the action of the disciples in rebuking the anonymous exorcist (v. 38) may have offended him. This would explain why Christ discussed offenses at this point. The undeveloped faith of the exorcist was not to be hindered but encouraged. Harsh criticism of spiritual immaturity may only serve to drive persons away from the Lord. Offend. The Greek word skandalizo means to place a snare or trap in a person's way, causing him to stumble. The little ones may be taken literally as referring to children that believe, or they may be those who are little in faith or spiritually undeveloped. Probably the latter is the intention of Jesus. The millstone was the large flat stone turned by a donkey in grinding grain.

(from The Wycliffe Bible Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1962 by Moody Press)

 

 

Acts 19:11-12

 

11 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul,

 

12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.

(from New International Version)