Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Pro Life

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Pro Life

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Proverbs 31:10-31; Psalm 1; James 3:13-4:3, 7-8; Mark 9:30-37

JESUS' ATTEMPT TO convey kingdom ideals to his followers continues and intensifies--both in his directness about the consequences of his choices as well as the disciples' inability to comprehend what he is saying and what it means for them. Jesus' words couldn't be more direct: "The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again" (Mark 9:31). But Mark's testimony--"But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him" (Mark 9:32)--and what happens next reveal that the disciples couldn't be more confused or afraid. Still thinking of "human things" instead of "divine things" (Mark 8:33), they argue about which of them is the greatest.

In response, Jesus places a child among them, as yet another kingdom parable: This is what the kingdom of God is like! …

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