Afraid – March 12, 2019

Numbers 16.41-18.32; Mark 16.1-20; Psalm 55.1-23; Proverbs 11.7

Your Bible probably mentions in a note or by using italicized typeface that verses 9-20 of Mark 16 are not in the most reliable of our Bible manuscripts. I think for some, the fact that the women come to the tomb, Jesus is not there, and they leave “trembling and bewildered, and … frightened” just seems like too strange of an ending. Yet, if you have been reading Mark’s gospel closely, it makes perfect sense. In a way, Mark is just identifying the reaction many of us would have had if we found ourselves in these women’s shoes. He also leaves us with an important question: These women ran in fear. What are you going to do?

Questions:

So let me get this straight. The Lord punishes Israel for grumbling against Moses and Aaron, people are killed over their complaints, and then the very next morning … the people start to complain all over again. What’s wrong with these people?

What does the fact that the women brought spices to anoint Jesus tell us about their understanding of the situation at hand?

“Give your burdens to the Lord and he will take care of you.” (Ps. 55.22) What burdens do you need to give God today?

What is the connection between wickedness and relying on our own strength?

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