St. John’s EBCs, Everyday Bible Conversations!
For the week leading to worship, Sunday, January 26th.
This week’s Theme: Only God Knows Reading: Mark 5:1-20
Summary of the Reading
This week, in Mark 5, Jesus has crossed the sea of Galilee to the Gentiles on the other side. There, a man with a demonic possession has been thoroughly terrorizing a town, even breaking chains and restraints. He is now uncontrollable, living in the graveyard. Jesus confronts the evil spirit named Legion (implying that he is perhaps many spirits). Legion , who, knowing exactly who Jesus is, begs Jesus to let Legion live, if only in the Gentiles’ hillside herds of 2,000 pigs. Jesus permits Legion to possess the 2,000 pigs, who then immediately stampede over the cliff into the sea. The Gentiles, hearing what happened, are not thankful for Jesus’ miracle. Rather, they are angered that their pigs have been lost, and ask Jesus to leave. The man, saved of his demonic possession, asks to follow Jesus, but Jesus refuses, instead asking the man to stay and tell everyone what happened.
A Creation Question:
Let’s say you were a pig owner in this lesson. Would you be mad? Could you see past the loss of your herd and be grateful to Jesus? How often in our own lives do we pray for God’s help, but balk at ways in which we could help others in God’s name? Since all of creation is God’s, why do we still have an earthly instinct to treat “our property” as our own?
An Everyday Question:
Have you ever heard “Everything happens for a reason”? Sometimes (but not always) we say it already certain we know the “good” that came with the “bad.” Why were the pigs sacrificed as part of Jesus’ miracle? Have you ever found yourself grateful for God’s silver linings, but still wishing God had blessed you in another way? What do you think the pig owners would say? What do you think the man would say? What do you think God would say?
An Action Step:
Find a silver lining in some event, and take a moment to be truly grateful for God’s blessings!
Don’t like these questions? Does Mark say something different to you? Great! What it is?
Find a friend (or two or many) and take an EBC coffee break! Find 15-25 minutes somewhere in the week and come to share or just listen enjoy company. Have fun finding God this week in your Everyday Life! And Happy New Years!