Mark 9: 42-50
Temptations to Sin
A challenging section here with hand chopping
and eye gouging.
I remember being struck as a child with verse 42-
"Whoever causes one of these little ones
who believe in me to sin, it would be better
for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck
and he were thrown into the sea."
Bring the little ones to Jesus-
do not stand in their way.
The next section really enforces the idea that we need
to be vigilant to remove the sinful things in our life.
Any sin is not worth an eternity in hell.
With the reference to salt,
Jesus would have been saying that if a community
has lost its faith in the Kingdom vision,
they sit without purpose.
When they came under fire perhaps with persecution,
they lost their faith.
They did not serve well in the community any longer.
They had lost their saltiness.
As we become more like Jesus,
we need to remember to not lose our saltiness.
We are better in the world when we add to the flavor
that enhances the Gospel message to the world.
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