Mark Chapter 9 Discussion

  • Dav47 - In Reply on Mark 9 - 2 years ago
    JESUS was talking about the Church not any member of a person's body (GOD forbid); it is against doctrine to mutilate the flesh for anything.

    The subject was others who went out and healed in JESUS name but were not part of the group of disciples fallowing JESUS. Other words the many member body of CHRIST; church. . CHRIST was saying don't condemn them for they were working to spread the gospel and church as a whole, if it wasn't so they would not of been able to dispel spirits. Mark 9:40

    A church is made up of many members ( 1 Corinthians 12:12-:31). You have a preacher the (head) of the church, deacons (eyes), collectors (hands) etc for examples. If you have a member of a church that causes chaos you are to dispose of it quickly before it grows. Take gossip for instance, you are to stop it in its tracks. If you have a deacon (eyes) of a church pluck it out-if he is causing say gossiping ex. about member/members; other words kick him out the church so the whole body doesn't suffer and the whole church burns.
  • Streetpreacher - In Reply on Mark 9 - 2 years ago
    I don't see anything humorous about it. We're being warned we are about to fall into a ditch. I find Jesus's teachings, serious, on target and kinda fatherly. Not many people remember the old saying, "Little pitchers have big ears."

    What does Mark 9:43 mean?

    Jesus' words about a vague sin committed by a concrete body part parallels how scholars at that time spoke of concrete sins committed by an abstract body part, such as the heart. In Jesus' manner of speaking, the emphasis is placed on the choice, the action, and the responsibility of the perpetrator. The "hand" is a metaphor for the way in which the heart may lead the person to do something sinful. [like don't send your 5yr old into the house to get daddy another beer]

    The transition from Jesus' warning about causing others to sin in verse 42 is not as abrupt as it appears. Just as our heart may cause our hand to commit a sinful act, so it may cause a child or a younger Christian to commit a sinful act. Both require that we take serious steps to prevent our hearts from sinning.

    The term translated as "hell" in English is literally tn geennan. This is a reference to the Valley of Hinnom, the dump outside of Jerusalem where animal carcasses and other waste was burned. During the times of the worst idolatry in Israel, parents sacrificed their children to Molech by placing them in glowing-hot metal statues ( Jeremiah 7:31; 19:5; 32:35). Good king Josiah tore down the altars and dedicated the valley to the burning of offal ( 2 Kings 23:10).

    To "enter life" doesn't refer to being born. As "hell" means eternal punishment, "life" means eternal paradise for those who are saved by Christ. Jesus isn't giving a detailed description of eternity, here. Like in Matthew 5, He's illustrating how impossible it is to keep from sinning. Our resurrected bodies will not reflect the hardships we experienced in this life. Paul describes our new bodies as imperishable, glorified, and empowered ( 1 Corinthians 15:42-49)
  • GiGi - In Reply on Mark 9 - 2 years ago
    Hello Orion, so good to meet you here.

    I believe that Jesus was using hyperbole to emphasize the gravity and deadly nature of sin. Is it better to enter heaven without a body part that drug one into sin or enter hell with all of our body still intact? I do not think he meant this to be done literally anymore than he meant we should lose our life to gain it by committing suicide or have someone else slay us. He was value of eternal life in Him and the need to trusty in Him to raise us from the dead if we indeed should loose our life. So we should not fear dying as an excuse to not follow God's lead in our life. This is the attitude the apostles and other martyrs had when being severely persecuted for their faith and endured torturous deaths for the sake of not renouncing Christ. We have a sense of self-preservation built into us by God. It is a good thing. But when it comes to a choice between committing grave sin to spare our own life, we are to refuse to do so, thus overriding the self-preservation/survival mode of our being and body.

    Paul said, "I die daily". He was not saying he physically died and was resurrected each day, but that he daily put to death the sinful nature by the power of Christ residing in him by the Holy Spirit. I pray to have this attitude like Paul, to be so intent on living a godly life set apart from sin that I access in every circumstance the power over sin that is ours in Christ. But He also knows that we will fail even as we are being further sanctified by the Holy Spirit. That is why John says in 1 John 1:9 that God wis faithful and just and will forgive us when we repent and confess our sins. It is encouraged in Scripture to examine ourselves daily with the "lens" of the Holy Spirit to expose our sins. Therefore, we die daily as we put to death our sinful nature daily through the grace of God that brings both repentance and forgiveness to us. How wonderful is that!

    Only with God's power can we cannot overcome sin in our life.
  • Orion Hughes - In Reply on Mark 9 - 2 years ago
    I suppose so, and I suppose also that it means that one should put forth more creativity and effort into being good.

    It says, dont tell me you dont have options, it says I can give you at least one theoretical solution.

    It says, if you have trouble not sinning, you might have a way to do it, it just might be hard.

    It does perhaps call on one to make a greater sacrifice.

    But consider the implications.

    I have a body part which likes to sin.

    Should I cut it off yes or no?

    You have already made your answer a clear yes, because as you have said Hell is very real literal Hell.

    Is that sane?

    So I do have another alternative, I can cut off the things which enter my mind instead of cutting off my hands - that's sane, that's normal, I can feel comfortable explaining to people that I practice that.

    But why call it cutting off your hands if you only meant cut off the things which enter my mind?
  • Richard H Priday - In Reply on Mark 9 - 2 years ago
    The comparision statements make clear the very real literal place of hell; and therefore nothing in this life is worth holding onto that will send us there. We need first of all to understand that God formed man perfect in all his ways; but our sin nature and outward sins come from the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Those things which enter the mind therefore would constitute the eye; and the hand all things which we take action on in order to gratify the sin nature. Job was able to restrain the sin of lust by a covenant with his eyes as it were not to look at a woman with lust apart from his wife. We also need to consider the paralytic who Christ healed after many years of suffering; he was told to sin no more lest something worse happened to him which no doubt would indicate physical; and subsequent spiritual death. He didn't have functioning body parts; nonetheless whatever sin caused the state in his particular instance perpetuated through his sinful soul; mind and heart.

    In another sense; we are not supposed to not let our left hand know what our right hand is doing ( Matthew 6:3). Just as we are to have open hands; not closed fists when it comes to our possessions; our body is the Temple of the Lord in a sense; and we are to submit our members to His Lordship ( Romans 6:13 loosely translated). We were bought with a price; not of our own.

    Nonetheless; true repentance although given by God who puts the desire in our heart to turn to serving and worshipping Him; our part is to die to self. This separates the true believer from those who are not producing fruit but for a time part of the church (as a useless member of the vine). So; mortifying the deeds of the flesh involves a continuing sanctification process which starts at the day of our salvation; and is continued until our death or the rapture. Even saved people grow at different rates; and are subject to falling into sin. He chastises all He loves ( Heb. 12:6); but not the goats.
  • Orion Hughes on Mark 9 - 2 years ago
    I recall much horror at Jesus saying to cut off ones hand or ones eye,

    and surely I could think of at least one other body part was worried about.

    Others in my church might not be worried about their hands, because their hand is not causing

    them to sin, but mine is.

    First of all, I want to honor the Christian forum by first defending Jesus.

    I believe Jesus has a sense of humor, I conclude based on what I have read,

    that Jesus is merely teasing people who have asked him how they can stop sinning.

    I understand there is also some very deep symbolism in all of this, as evidenced, by

    Jesus talking about "offending" one of "these little ones". So, it is more than just a joke,

    but it is humor in my opinion, I cant prove it, but I just dont see Jesus saying seriously to anyone

    that they should literally remove parts of their body.

    There is some question of what is meant by "offend". Other translations have said "if your hand causes you to sin",

    rather than "if your hand offends you". There is surely some implication of hands, eyes, and potentially other

    body parts, causing one to lust. If "offend" means something other than "causes you to sin", then in that case,

    is that not exactly what the trans-gendered are doing - removing parts of their body which "offend" them?

    In Matthew 19:12, Jesus seems to partially endorse the practice of becoming a eunuch.

    All this is very scary to the young teenaged Christian such as I was at one time.

    I recall also that it is not easy for Christian leaders to soothe such fear by dismissing it,

    because, Jesus is saying this.

    The joke I talked about is a great joke, it is very deep spiritually, I think we should reflect on this,

    Jesus is really telling us not to hurt ourself, not to be hard on ourself. "Rabbi, how do I stop [shameful practice]".

    "Cut your hand off".

    Its so perfect. Its funny, it disarms the questioner of their fear, its deep, its totally flawless.
  • GiGi - In Reply on Mark 9 - 2 years ago
    True David.

    For me, I try to always remember that Jesus promised that God does hear the prayers of believers and answers. And I always try to remember that He is sovereign and will always do what is in accord with His will and purpose. Also, I try to always remember to trust Him with the answers He gives, for he is faithful and just. He loves us and is willing to answer our prayers from His goodness and grace, freely given to us.
  • T. Levis - In Reply on Mark 9 - 2 years ago
    1Peter 3:7, Micah 3:4, Isaiah 1:15, Psalms 66:18, Isaiah 59:2, Proverbs 1:28-30, James 4, James 5:1-9,

    2Chronicles 7:14, 1Peter 3:12, humble ourselves, turn from evil, 1Timothy 2:8, James 5:10-12,

    Even when things look impossible keep praying: Isaiah 38:1-9, Matthew 9:29, Matthew 17:14-21, Matthew 7:7-8, Luke 11:9-13, Acts 12:5-18, James 5:13-20

    Never give up

    Psalms 37, 1Thessalonians 5:17, James 5:16,
  • David Williams on Mark 9 - 2 years ago
    Remember, God is neither a genie nor a wishing well for your pleasure. All prayers are answered. May be not the answer or time frame you were looking for in your prayers, but answered. Praise the Lord.
  • Marke - In Reply on Mark 9 - 2 years ago
    A Christian who is walking with God can pray for anything according to the will of God and it will be given to him. But the Christian must have faith and faith is based upon the written word of God so any requests not harmonizing with God's word will not be granted by God.
  • Jesse - In Reply on Mark 9 - 2 years ago
    Brother Spencer, thanks for your encouraging words'
  • S Spencer - In Reply on Mark 9 - 2 years ago
    Asking for help in my unbelief!!

    Valuable piece in verse 24 Brother Jesse.

    God bless.
  • ELB - In Reply on Mark 9 - 2 years ago
    Brother bill mc:

    mark 9:23 jesus said unto him, if thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

    what is it that we have to believe? what's inside this belief that make all things possible?

    ephesians 4:4 there is one body, and one spirit ......

    ephesians 4:6 one god and father or all .....

    christ is the body, the father (spirit< truth< life) dwells in the body (of christ).

    john 5:26 for as the father hath life in himself; so hath he given the son to have life in himself.

    john 5:19 .....the son can do nothing of himself .....

    christ is the body of the father, everything is done by the father through the action of the body. his son, christ.

    all things are possible for christ, because he has the father indwelling him.

    through the operation of the cross, we can now have the father (spirit< truth
  • Giannis - In Reply on Mark 9 - 2 years ago
    It means that if one has faith in God that He hears and answers back when one is asking something from Him then God will definitely answer back. So have faith in God that He will give you anything you ask for.

    Please read Matthew 7:7-11.
  • Jesse - In Reply on Mark 9 - 2 years ago

    In Mark 9:23, Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

    So Jesus said to him, If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.

    But look what the man says in Verse 24, and this is a beautiful, beautiful picture of how we ought to approach the Lord.

    "And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief."

    Nowhere in the Bible does it challenge someone to come up with their own faith so that Jesus can perform in your life. That's the cry of a person. I believe, but Lord Help my unbelief because I can't believe. Only God can give me that. Help my unbelief!

    It is always the strong point in a person's life when they can approach the Lord, even as a nonbeliever, even if you don't understand the things of God, you can still approach Him and say "Lord, if you are real, make yourself real to me!"

    I mean, as a nonbeliever, as somebody who doesn't believe in God, you are asking God to do it all because you realize your human inability to figure Him out.

    But how are you going to find God? How are you going to know about Him? You know, when you come to Him and say, help my unbelief, I am empty, magnify yourself to me, show yourself to me, because I don't have the ability to know, and He reaches down to those people to manifest Himself.

    Hope this helps!
  • Bill Mc on Mark 9 - 2 years ago
    Can you please explain Mark CH9 v 23
  • Andrew Kingsly Raj on Mark 9 - 2 years ago
    An Encouragement in Christian Journey

    Mark 9:41:- For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

    Romans 16:13:- Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.

    Who is this Rufus? Why do we consider him?

    Rufus is the best example, the promise given by Jesus Christ himself is still in effect. Rufus is a Son of Simon a Cyrenian who bore Christ's cross for a while ( Mark 9:41, 15:21). It is the true and greatest joy for Simon a Cyrenian to know his Son found Christ and saved and has a notable place in Paul's Salute. ( 3 John 1:4)
  • Rick - In Reply on Mark 9 - 2 years ago
    To add to what was already shared in the book of Acts chapter 19 is the Record of certain vagabond Jews Known as exorcists took upon them to call over them which had evil or devil spirits the name of jesus. Take note it says Jesus I know and Paul I know but who are you, the adversaries realm knows those who are born again and walking in faith also take note who the spirit attacks and ransacks so to speak. Also exorcists are operated by devil spirits so what you have is a higher ranking one fighting lowering ranking ones. The enemies realm is total chaos people are controlled by these spirit entities.
  • Chris - In Reply on Mark 9 - 2 years ago
    Hello Bryan. I understand your reference was to Mark 9:29, to which I believe that Jesus was speaking about particular spirits. As there would be a hierarchy in both the good & evil spirit realm, there appears to be in this instance a particularly nasty variety (v22) that also required one to have a greater focus (by prayer & fasting) which an ordinary command made in faith could not achieve. Jesus' disciples may not have reached that stage in their learning of the gradation of spirits & were thus left floundering & helpless. This is just my understanding - hopefully you may get other views, maybe based on some experience, which I have not.
  • Bryan wade on Mark 9 - 2 years ago
    When Jesus said, "This kind" in verse 19 was he saying that there are some spirits that require fast and prayer, or was "this kind" referring to the disbelief of the disciples that stopped them from dealing with the unclean Spirit.
  • Jess ortiz on Mark 9 - 2 years ago
    What are the new testament scriptures relating the the rapture?
  • Dianne - In Reply on Mark 9 - 2 years ago
    Sasha In the context I absolutely agree, Jesus Christ was always operating correct doctrine and reproof and instruction for those have ears to hear. When he raised lazarus from the dead same thing, the only one who believed he could do it was Himself.
  • English sacha - In Reply on Mark 9 - 2 years ago
    Hi James , personally I don't believe that Jesus was scolding his disciples , read v 22&23 in particular , Jesus wasn't talking to his disciples , he was talking to the crowd . I think Jesus was reprimanding them gently because they didn't believe that his disciples could cure the boy , they wanted Jesus to do it . They believed he could do it . When you read Matthew you will read how many times Jesus says something along the lines of : your faith has healed you or as you believe so shall it be to you . This is just my opinion .
  • James Robinson, Jr. on Mark 9 - 2 years ago
    It seems as if Christ scolded his disciples when they couldn't cast out the demon. But then he tells them that this kind only comes out by prayer and fasting. So why did he scold them?
  • Stephen on Mark 9:4 - 3 years ago
    I can only imagine what Jesus, Elijah and Moses were talking about. How cool is that. The Word talks about being healed by even the shadow of an apostle. I believe Lord, please help my unbelief.
  • Rick Mentzer - In Reply on Mark 9:43 - 3 years ago
    look up orientalisms of the bible by bishop k.c. pillai many times Our saviour communicated Gods word by eastern thought so to understand that needs to be seen through their thinking. When jesus christ healed a blind man with his spit by mixing his saliva with dirt the man that he ministered too knew he was a Holy man and in their culture a holy mans spit has healing power. Once His fame was spread abroad that he Healed thousands came to Our Master and were heaied because they knew who he was and believed. In a crowd remember the woman who just touched is garment and believed and was healed instantly. Because she believed, whats really cool is we have not literally seen Jesus Christ and yet because we believe Gods Word we can have the same results!
  • Royedell Calvert on Mark 9:43 - 3 years ago
    why did jesus used these words in verse 41
  • Bob Hilt - In Reply on Mark 9 - 4 years ago
    Greetings Patti, Elias is the Greek rending of the name. Thus proving the new testament was written in Greek, not Hebrew as some claim. Many of Paul's letters or epistles were to Churches in Greek cities, Ephesians, Corinthians etc.
  • Chris - In Reply on Mark 9 - 4 years ago
    Patti, you're correct, Elijah (Hebrew) is the same as Elias (Latin/Greek). In Hebrew, his name is actually Eliyyahu, which means "Yahweh is my God", but we say, Elijah, for easier vocalization in English. In Arabic/Urdu, it is, Ilyas.
  • Patti Friar on Mark 9 - 4 years ago
    Why in Mark 9 verse 4, we read about Elias and Moses, but Elias its Elijah, I know Elias may mean Elias but in the question the answer is Elijah.

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