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April 15, 2017: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Mark 9-10

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Commentary: What is the significance of Moses and Elijah as Jesus’ transfiguration?  They represent the coming together of the Law (Moses) and the Prophets (Elijah).  The disciples struggled to comprehend a dying, suffering Messiah, because they believed, like most Jews, that the Messiah would come as a victorious Earthly conquer.  They were focused of physical salvation, not spiritual.  Although Mark may not have written the occurring events in chronological order, many of Jesus teachings are familiar.  The Pharisees attempted to decrease Jesus’ appeal by asking Him about divorce, a topic which was responsible for the death of John the Baptist.  Divorce was never part of God’s plan, but was permitted to curb behavior that was already present.  Service is at the heart of Jesus’ ministry and should be at the heart of our ministry today.  

Focus Verse:  9:23-24  Verse 23 is nearly identical to Philippians 3:14.  How do they relate?  What does the father mean with his confession to Jesus?  Have you ever felt similarly?  What did you do?  What was the response?

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