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10/7/18 Genesis 2:18-24

Heb 1:1-4,2:9-11

Mark 10:2-16
10/14/18 Genesis 3:8-19 Heb 4:1-3,9-13 Mark 10:17-31
10/21/18 Isaiah 53:7-12 Heb 4:14-16 Mark 10:35-45
10/28/18 Jeremiah 31:7-9 Heb 5:1-6 Mark 10:46-52
11/4/18 Deut 6:1-9 Heb 7:23-28 Mark 12:28-34

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Mark 10:35-45

James and John Get Greedy

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you."

And he said to them, "What is it you want me to do for you?"

And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory."

But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?"

They replied, "We are able."

Then Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared."

When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John.

So Jesus called them and said to them, "You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many."

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Mark makes it clear that James and John just would not let the status issue lie. Interestingly in Acts we find Peter, Paul and James (the brother of Jesus, not Zebedee) as the prominent figures in the early church. So, if even the greed for power of "the sons of thunder" can be overcome, perhaps we have a chance too. May we find joy and peace in Christian service, and not sweat the office politics.


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Isaiah 53:7-12

Suffering Servant

7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 8 By a perversion of justice he was taken away. Who could have imagined his future? For he was cut off from the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people. 9 They made his grave with the wicked and his tomb with the rich, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him with pain. When you make his life an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days; through him the will of the LORD shall prosper. 11 Out of his anguish he shall see light; he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge. The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

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This passage is excerpted from the fourth and last servant song in Isaiah (the full passage is 52:13-53:12). Its original context is most likely in reference to Israel being the servant suffering for the salvation of all of the nations. Isaiah 40 suggested Israel had indeed suffered more than was necessary for just their own transgressions (a double-portion), which might be what was necessary to move from redeemed (or restored) to redeemer (or example) to the other nations. Christianity often uses this passage as a parallel to Jesus as the suffering servant and messiah. Paul also uses it (Isaiah 52:15) in Romans 15:21 as part of the justification for his mission to the Gentiles.

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