Warnings from Jesus
5 November 2017 AM – Mark 8:10-26 – Mr17 – Scott Childs
Introduction: Jesus had just been in Decapolis on the east side of Galilee. He had ministered to a huge crowd of over four thousand for three days. He feed the people before sending them home with seven loaves of bread and a few fish. After the feeding of the four thousand they collected seven large baskets of leftovers. Immediately after that miracle, He got into a ship and crossed to the west side of the Sea of Galilee. He landed near a village called Dalmanutha. (See Map)
Transition: In our text, Jesus gave three warnings. We too ought to heed these warnings if we are to have the kind of Christian live God wants us to have.
1. Don’t Ignore Facts and Seek Signs (8:10-13)
a. Pharisees sought a sign from heaven.
1) Pharisees were the pious religious leaders.
2) “Sign” refers to “an unusual occurrence.” This word is translated sign, miracle, wonder or token in our KJV Bible.
a) They wanted miraculous proof of Jesus’ authority
b) They had rejected his miracles.
c) They wanted something REALLY big.
b. Jesus refused to give them a sign.
1) They had rejected the healing miracles and wonders he had done.
2) Today, instead of looking for sensation – look at God’s amazing creation. (Romans 1:20) “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”
3) Instead of looking for shocking experiences – look at the facts we have (eg., God’s Word, changed lives).
4) Sadly many today are seeking shocking experiences, thrills, tingles, tongues, emotional experiences and the like when what they really need is a repentant faith in Christ or more obedience to His Word.
2. Don’t be Deceived by False Doctrines (8:14-21)
a. The disciples were in danger of deception.
1) Leaven is yeast.
a) It is hidden in dough but expands and affects all the dough.
b) Leaven pictures sin in the Bible, (1 Co 5:6-7). Here we will see that it pictures false teachings.
2) When sin or false teaching is allowed into the heart, it begins to grow and affect all that one believes.
3) The disciples forgot to get bread for the trip (v.14). Thoughts of hunger occupied their minds.
b. The disciples missed Jesus’ warning.
1) Jesus warned them to take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of Herod (v.15).
2) What was the leaven of the Pharisees?
a) They taught religion without repentance. (Matthew 3:7-8) “But when [John] saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:”
b) They taught tradition without transformation (Mk 7:1-23).
c) They sought feeling and ignored facts (Mk 8:11-12).
d) They had no true relationship with God.
² What is your relationship with God like? Did it begin with repentance? Has it transformed your life? Is it resting on Bible facts? Don’t be deceived!
3) What was the leaven of Herod?
a) Herod thought Jesus was John the Baptist not the Messiah.
b) Herod offered the way of compromise, and of cooperation with Rome. His doctrine was worldliness.
4) The disciples thought Jesus was talking about the leaven of bread and their lack of it (v.16).
5) Jesus rebuked them for their hard hearts (v.17-21)
a) The disciples forgot that Jesus fed 5,000 thousand with 12 baskets of leftovers (v.19).
b) They forgot that he just fed 4,000 with seven large baskets of leftovers (v.20).
c) When facing a need, we must remember Christ’s past provisions. “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” “Count Your Blessings.”
6) Matthew’s account makes it clear that the leaven was false teaching. (Mt 16:12) “Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.”
a) False teachers are abundant today. The Bible warns us of this. (2 Peter 2:1) “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”
b) False teaching usually contains a small hidden untruth mixed well with a lot of truth. The teacher may have much good to say but his (or her) false teaching is subtlely mixed in like yeast. It usually sounds very logical and appealing. That is why it deceives so many people. It is usually based on a verse that is taken out of its context. Beware! Cults, TV preachers, and charismatic people often promote false teachings. Do not read their literature!
c) How can we know truth? Study carefully the Bible. Do not study books, study The Book! “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15). The better you know the Bible the easier you will spot a counterfeit.
3. Don’t Tell Anyone (8:22-26)
a. It seems that there were two towns called Bethsaida
1) Peter, Andrew and Philip were all from Bethsaida located on the shore of Galilee near Capernaum (Jn 1:44). Evidently, Jesus had done a great number of miracles in that Bethsaida, yet as a whole, the residence rejected Him. (Matthew 11:21) “Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.”
2) The other Bethsaida in our text was north of Galilee on the east side of the Jordan. This is where Jesus had fed the 5,000.
b. People asked Jesus to heal a blind man
1) Jesus took the blind man outside the town (v.23).
2) Jesus healed him in stages. He first spit and rubbed it on the man’s eyes.
a) Spittle was regarded as a cure by the ancients. (Wuest) Jesus may have done this to show it was a myth.
b) His eyes may have been gummed together and this allowed him to open his eyelids before the miracle. (Barnes) It confirmed that he could not see.
c) Perhaps he did this to help the man’s faith. (RWP)
3) Then Jesus touched him and healed him completely (v.25).
4) Jesus sent him home not into the town (v.26). The people of the area earlier wanted to make him King. It was not God’s time for that.
5) Once Jesus died and rose again, He commanded believers to tell everyone. (Mark 16:15) “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” That is your duty and mine!
Conclusion: What have we learned from Jesus’ warnings? |> Have you been seeking signs from God? Have you been longing for an experience, a spiritual high? You don’t need some charismatic experience; all you need is a genuine repentant faith in Christ and an obedience to the Bible. |> Have you been listening to false doctrine that is confusing you spiritually? If so, stop listening to it or reading it and get into the Bible. |> Jesus commanded the healed blind man not to tell anyone, but he has commanded us to tell everyone. Have you told anyone about Jesus this week?
Song: His Way with Thee – 367