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00:04: Hi, my name is Father Mike Schmitz and you're listening to the Bible in a Year Podcast,
00:07: where we encounter God's voice and live life through the lens of Scripture.
00:10: The Bible in a Year Podcast is brought to you by Ascension.
00:13: Using the great Adventure Bible timeline, we'll read all the way from Genesis to Revelation,
00:17: discovering how the story of salvation unfolds and how we fit into that story today.
00:21: It is day 155 we are on day 2 of our second Messianic checkpoint.
00:25: We are reading from Mark's Gospel chapters 3 and 4.
00:28: We're also praying today from Psalm 20.
00:31: As always, the Bible translation that I am reading from is the revised standard version, the second Catholic edition.
00:35: And I'm using great adventure Bible from Ascension.
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00:57: and that's wonderful. But as I said, it is day 155. We are reading Mark's Gospel,
01:03: chapters 3 and 4, and we're praying Psalm 20.
01:08: The Gospel of Saint Mark, chapter 3, the man with a withered hand.
01:13: Again, he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand,
01:17: and they watched him to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath so that they might accuse him.
01:22: And he said to the man with a withered hand, come here. And he said to them,
01:25: him, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?
01:32: But they were silent, and he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness
01:36: of heart and said to the man, �Stretch out your hand.� He stretched it out, and his
01:41: hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians
01:46: against him, how to destroy him.� A multitude by the sea. Jesus withdrew with his disciples
01:53: to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed, also from Judea and Jerusalem,
01:58: and Ijumia, and from beyond the Jordan, and from about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude
02:02: hearing all that he did came to him.
02:05: And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they should crush him.
02:10: For he had healed many so that all who had diseases pressed upon him to touch him.
02:14: And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him, and cried out, you are the Son of God.
02:20: He strictly ordered them not to make him known.
02:24: Jesus appoints the Twelve.
02:27: And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those whom He desired, and they came to Him.
02:32: And He appointed Twelve to be with Him and to be sent out to preach and have authority to cast out demons.
02:37: Simon, whom He surnamed Peter, James, the son of Zebedee, and John, the brother of James,
02:42: whom He surnamed Buwanergies, that is, sons of Thunder, Andrew, and Philip, and Brotholomew,
02:49: Matthew and Thomas, and James the son of Altheos, and Thaddeus, and Simon the
02:54: Candonian, and Judas Ascariot, who betrayed him. Jesus and beelzable. Then he went
03:02: home, and the crowd came together again so that they could not even eat. And when
03:06: his friends heard it, they went out to seize him for they said, he is beside
03:09: himself, and the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, he is possessed of
03:13: beelzable, and by the Prince of demons he casts out demons. And he called them to
03:18: him and sent to them in parables.
03:21: How can Satan cast out Satan?
03:23: If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand, and if a house is divided
03:28: against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
03:31: And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand but is coming to an end.
03:38: But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods unless he first binds the strong man.
03:43: Then indeed he may plunder his house.
03:46: Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men and whatever blasphemies they utter.
03:51: But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of any trunnel sin.
03:58: For they had said, he has an unclean spirit.
04:02: The true Convert of Jesus and his mother and his brethren came, and standing outside, they
04:07: sent to him and called him, and a crowd was sitting about him, and they said to him,
04:12: your mother and your brethren are outside asking for you."
04:15: And he replied,
04:16: "...Who are my mother and my brethren?"
04:18: And looking around on those who sat about him, he said,
04:21: "...Here are my mother and my brethren.
04:23: Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother."
04:29: Chapter 4
04:30: The Parable of the Sower
04:32: Again he began to teach beside the sea,
04:34: and a very large crowd gathered about him so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea,
04:39: and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land.
04:42: When he taught them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them,
04:46: Listen, a sower went out to sow, and as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.
04:54: Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it had not much soil, and immediately it sprang
04:59: up since it had no depth of soil, and when the sun rose it was scorched, and since it had no root it withered away.
05:06: Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.
05:12: And other seeds fell into good soil and brought forth grain growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and hundredfold.
05:21: And He said, He who has ears to hear, let Him hear.
05:27: Explanation of the parable.
05:29: And when He was alone, those who were about Him with the twelve asked Him concerning the
05:32: parables, and He said to them, to you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God.
05:38: But for those outside, everything is in parables so that they may indeed see but not perceive,
05:43: and may indeed hear but not understand, lest they should turn again and be forgiven."
05:48: And he said to them, "...Do you not understand this parable?
05:52: How then will you understand all the parables?
05:54: The sower sows the word.
05:57: And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown.
06:00: When they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word which is sown in them.
06:05: And these in like manner are the ones Sona Panraki-Ground, who, when they hear the word, immediately
06:10: receive it with joy, and they have no root in themselves.
06:13: But endure for a while, then, when tribulation or persecution arise on account of the word, immediately they fall away.
06:21: And others are the ones Sona among thorns.
06:24: They are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world, and the delight enriches,
06:28: and the desire for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
06:34: those that were sown upon the good soil, are the ones who hear the word and accept it
06:39: and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.
06:44: Elamp is not hidden, and he said to them,
06:48: �Is Elamp brought in to be put under a bushel, or under a bed, and not on a stand?
06:53: For there is nothing hidden except to be made manifest, nor is anything secret except to come to light.
06:59: If any man has ears to hear, let him hear.
07:03: And he said to them,
07:04: Take heed what you hear.
07:06: The measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you.
07:11: For to him who has will more be given, and from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
07:19: A parable about seeds.
07:21: And he said,
07:22: The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed upon the ground and should sleep and
07:27: rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow.
07:31: He knows not how.
07:32: The earth produces of itself first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
07:37: But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle because the harvest has come.
07:43: And he said,
07:44: With what can we compare the kingdom of God or what parable shall we use for it?
07:49: It is like a grain of a mustard seed, which when sown upon the ground is the smallest of all the seeds on earth.
07:56: Yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs and puts forth large
08:01: branches so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.
08:06: The use of parables.
08:08: With many such parables, he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it.
08:13: He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.
08:19: Jesus calms a storm on the sea.
08:21: On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, let us go across to the other side,
08:27: leaving the crowd, they took him with them, just as he was, in the boat.
08:31: And other boats were with him.
08:33: And a great storm of wind arose, and the waves beat into the boat so that the boat was already filling.
08:38: But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion, and they woke him and said to him,
08:43: �Teacher, do you not care if we perish�� and he awoke, and rebuked the wind, and
08:48: said to the sea, �Peace, be still��.
08:51: And the wind ceased, and there was great calm�.
08:55: He said to them, �Why are you off the coast?
08:57: afraid. Have you no faith?" And they were filled with awe and said to one another,
09:03: who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
09:11: Psalm 20, Prayer for Victory to the Choirmaster, a Psalm of David.
09:17: The Lord answer you in the day of trouble, the name of the God of Jacob, but protect you. you.
09:22: May He send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion.
09:27: May He remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices.
09:32: May He grant you your hearts, desire, and fulfill all your plans.
09:36: May we shout for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God, set up our banners.
09:41: May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.
09:44: Now I know that the Lord will help His anointed, He will answer Him from His holy heaven with mighty victories by His right hand.
09:51: Some boast of chariots and some of horses, but we boast in the name of the Lord our God.
09:57: They will collapse and fall, but we shall rise and stand straight.
10:02: Give victory to the King, O Lord.
10:05: Answer us when we call.
10:10: Father in heaven, we give you praise and thanks, and we just honor you and love you for
10:15: the gift of your Son Jesus and for the gift of knowing.
10:20: Here is his teaching, here is his heart, here is your heart because he is the word of the Father.
10:26: And when we see him, we see you, Father in heaven.
10:30: And so we thank you.
10:31: Thank you for every one of these moments that we get and every one of these clips, I guess,
10:36: images we have of Jesus here in Mark's Gospel.
10:39: Thank you for Mark.
10:40: Thank you for Peter who taught Mark this and thank you.
10:43: Thank you for you, Lord God, because you are deserving of all thanks and all praise and everything.
10:49: name we pray. Amen. In the name of the Father, in the Son, in the Holy Spirit. Amen.
10:53: Okay. Couple of things to highlight. We just have two chapters today. Obviously, we have
10:56: chapters three and chapter four. One of the things I want to just kind of go through and maybe
11:00: make a couple of quick points. The first is, here is the story of the man with the Withered Hand.
11:04: This is in chapter three, right? Right? It's a story right away. He's a man with a Withered Hand
11:08: who comes into this synagogue and again, it's on the Sabbath. And we're going to talk about the
11:11: Sabbath in just one second. But Jesus, he knows that the elders, the people are in charge,
11:16: are we looking around at him because they want to see him break the rule, break the law.
11:22: And it says, Jesus asks them, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save
11:27: life or to kill? Now you know this because you've been journeying through the Bible for the last
11:31: 155 days. And so you know that in the old covenant you can save life on the Sabbath. This is a
11:36: real thing. It says then to this, it says, but they were silent. And he looked around at them
11:41: with anger. I just think that whenever I come up on this, this scripture, it happens quite
11:46: often that we read Mark's Gospel chapter three, this story, that when Jesus looks at them with
11:52: anger, I just think, what would that be like? Because it's just so convicting. It's so
11:57: convicting that these people, they know the truth, they know the right thing, they know the
12:01: right answer, but they were silent. It wasn't that they gave the wrong answer. It is that
12:06: they were not willing to give the right answer. It's not that they told a lie. They just weren't willing to tell the truth.
12:12: Jesus looked around at them with anger.
12:14: And I just think, man, gosh, that is just so powerful.
12:18: And it's so convicting.
12:20: Because how many times?
12:21: I can say how many times?
12:22: Yeah, I didn't lie, but I didn't speak the truth when it was needed, when it was necessary,
12:27: when I was being asked directly, hey, do this now.
12:31: How often not only lying dishonors the Lord, but how often not speaking the truth when
12:36: it needs to be spoken, can dishonor the Lord.
12:38: That's just a heavy thing to pray about, to reflect on and to acknowledge as true.
12:44: The next quick thing about the Sabbath that I just wanted to highlight is, I was reading a commentary by Dr. Mary Healy.
12:50: She's just phenomenal.
12:51: I think I mentioned her yesterday.
12:53: And she says, you know, all these, all these healings, all these things that happen on
12:56: the Sabbath that Jesus keeps getting accused of, why wouldn't he just avoid the Sabbath?
13:00: Why would he, is it seems like he's almost intentionally doing this kind of provocation on the Sabbath?
13:07: I mean, he could have done it the day before, he could have done it the next day, why on the Sabbath?
13:11: And she posits and puts forth the idea that actually Jesus is doing this intentionally,
13:16: because remember yesterday he said, is the Sabbath made for man or man for the Sabbath?
13:20: Jesus, I'm the Lord of the Sabbath. Basically, Jesus is revealing His Lordship by exercising
13:28: His Lordship on the Sabbath day. He's undoing the effects of sin and He's inaugurating a new creation
13:35: by which humanity is restored to the fullness of life that God meant from the beginning.
13:39: And this is what Dr. Healy had said, that Jesus thereby fulfills the original purpose of the Sabbath,
13:44: which is to bring humanity into communion with God. So that's why Jesus is spending this time
13:48: healing and doing these works on the Sabbath. It's not just I'm breaking rules for breaking rules
13:54: sake. It is I'm revealing my very identity and I'm demonstrating the whole purpose of the Sabbath,
14:01: with which is to bring humanity into covenant,
14:03: right back into covenant, back into communion with God himself,
14:07: which is just, oh, I'm like, oh, that's good to know.
14:11: Another thing to highlight is that Jesus talks about the sin against the Holy Spirit.
14:15: He says, all blasphemies, all sins can be forgiven
14:17: except for the sin against the Holy Spirit.
14:19: And that has given rise to so many people wondering,
14:21: okay, so how do I make sure that I don't commit a sin
14:24: against the Holy Spirit, which is great
14:25: because it means that you don't want to have an unforgivable sin.
14:28: But what is the unforgivable, you know, the quote, quote, unforgivable sin.
14:31: The blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
14:34: And the church has come down to realize that and declare really clearly that the sin against
14:39: the Holy Spirit is any sin that we do not allow God to forgive.
14:44: That's it.
14:45: That's what it is.
14:46: It's not a blasphemy against the Holy Spirit in terms of saying something negative or saying
14:48: something blasphemic, saying a blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
14:53: But what it is is ultimately any sin that we refuse to surrender to the Lord for his mercy.
14:59: The Catechism says, there are no limits to the mercy of God, but anyone who deliberately
15:04: refuses to accept his mercy by repenting rejects the forgiveness of his sins and the salvation offered by the Holy Spirit.
15:11: And such hardness of heart can lead to final impenitence and eternal loss.
15:15: So keep this in mind, is that any sin can be a sin against the Holy Spirit, but there's
15:19: not one thing that is like I did this now it's unforgivable.
15:22: It basically means I need to bring everything to the foot of the cross.
15:26: to bring everything to the Lord Jesus and allow him to give me his redemption, allow him
15:32: to forgive me. Now, the second to last point is there's a section here we just read that talked
15:37: about the brothers of Jesus. And it's important for us to understand because the church tradition
15:42: from the very beginning is that Mary remained a virgin for her entire life. That Jesus was her
15:47: only and always was her only child. And now we talked about this a little bit, but I want to want to remind us.
15:53: Up there, this doesn't just come out of nowhere.
15:55: This doesn't come from a desire for Mary to be a virgin for a whole life.
15:59: This comes from actually the text.
16:01: In fact, when it says, you know, you might say in your Bible, it says his mother and his
16:05: brothers arrived in the translation that we use the Revised Ender version, it says
16:09: brethren, which is more helpful in some ways.
16:12: Because the word that's used for brother is the word the Greek word Adelphoy.
16:15: Adelphos is singular for brethren or for relative.
16:19: Adelphoi can mean brothers, yes, it can mean siblings.
16:22: Like I have my brothers, Mark and Matthew,
16:24: but also can mean cousins, it can mean uncle and nephew
16:28: because we've seen this in other times in the Bible
16:31: where a lot and Abraham are Adelphoi,
16:34: but we know that they are not brothers, not siblings.
16:37: They are uncle and nephew, but they're Adelphoi, they're relatives, they're Kinsman,
16:41: and that is the word that's used here.
16:43: And so when you read the Bible and it says,
16:45: Jesus is brothers to automatically just assume
16:48: All that means his siblings, that's actually incorrect.
16:51: In fact, the early church never believed this.
16:53: In fact, in the third fourth century,
16:54: there was a man named St. Jerome.
16:55: St. Jerome had translated the Bible from Hebrew and Greek
16:59: into the language of the people into Latin.
17:01: And at one point, some people were coming to St. Jerome
17:04: and saying, hey, you need to write an article
17:07: because there's this one guy he's teaching that Mary had,
17:09: that when it says the brethren of Jesus,
17:11: that it means the brothers, the siblings of Jesus,
17:14: you need to write a reputation against this belief.
17:18: in St. Jerome, here a third fourth century.
17:21: This is so interesting.
17:22: He said, there is no need to write a refutation
17:24: against this person because no one would pass,
17:26: no one in the right mind would possibly believe that Jesus actually had siblings.
17:31: And they said, well, no, but if you don't write
17:33: a refutation of this person who's positing this idea
17:36: that a Delphoy should be translated sibling or brother,
17:39: then people will think that maybe he's right.
17:41: And so then St. Jerome put pen to paper and wrote a refutation of this.
17:45: The early church was unanimous in understanding
17:48: that Adolfoie simply meant relative or kinsmen and not and not sibling.
17:54: In fact, the Bible goes on to explain
17:56: and demonstrate almost I would even say prove
17:59: that the people who are referred to as Jesus's, quote unquote, brothers are actually the sons of another woman.
18:07: For example, we recognize that Mark is not referring to full siblings of Jesus.
18:11: This is indicated by his later mention of James and Joseph as sons of a different Mary.
18:16: He says that in Mark chapter six,
18:18: verse three and in chapter 15, verse 40.
18:21: You also see in Matthew's Gospel.
18:22: And that's just really remarkable.
18:24: Not only that, but we'd recognize that
18:27: at the end of the Gospel of John,
18:29: we heard this last time we were reading through a messianic checkpoint,
18:32: is that Jesus from the cross gave his mom
18:35: to the care of John, the beloved disciple.
18:38: And then John took her into his home.
18:40: This would be unthinkable if she had other sons who could care for her.
18:43: It would be absolutely unnicable if Mary had other sons that could care for her.
18:48: So the unanimous tradition of the church is that Adolfoie refers to Jesus' cousins,
18:54: his relatives, his kinsmen, and not to his siblings because Jesus didn't have siblings
18:59: because Mary was always, perpetually a virgin.
19:02: Now, okay, there's that point there.
19:05: Made the point last thing.
19:07: I said that was the second to last, this is the last.
19:09: And it's actually the last thing we heard basically in chapter 4.
19:13: Jesus calms the storm. It says that they were filled with awe and said to one another,
19:17: who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him? And this is so important because the
19:23: whole point of the gospel in so many ways is to establish the identity of Jesus. It's
19:28: just an identity of Jesus. And what they're going to discover is what the demons already
19:34: know. You are the Holy One. You are the Son of God. They already know this in some way.
19:40: that he or she apostles, and they are filled with fear and awe and are asking the question, who then?
19:46: Who then possibly could he be?
19:48: And that's the question that Jesus ultimately answers with every miracle that question
19:52: Jesus ultimately answers with the resurrection that he is, the Lord God, the maker of heaven and earth.
19:58: And he is the Word of the Father, the eternal Son of the Father, and he truly is God.
20:02: He truly is God.
20:04: And man, just so grateful.
20:06: grateful that Jesus was sent to us from the Father that He came forth from the Father
20:10: to be our redemption, to be our salvation, and to make us into adopted sons and daughters of the Father.
20:20: As we continue our journey, a couple more days, a messier next checkpoint.
20:22: We got a few more, which is great.
20:24: We have finished chapters three and four.
20:25: We're going up to chapter 16, and so we have a number of days to continue to watch Jesus
20:30: to listen to Him and to just walk with Him.
20:33: So let's pray for each other
20:34: that we continue to walk in faithfulness,
20:36: that we continue to walk in joy and in hope and in love,
20:39: and that we continue to be the men and women
20:42: that God has made us to be.
20:43: So let's pray for each other.
20:44: I'm praying for you, please pray for me.
20:46: My name's Father Mike.
20:47: I cannot wait to see you tomorrow.
20:49: God bless.