Monday, October 5, 2015

When You Enter a House - Mark 3:20-30 Post 1

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You entered a house (Mark 3:20) (some translations, Mark 3:19).

Why am I hung up on this house thing?  

It seems every time I see the word "house" or "home" in Mark I feel nostalgia - yearning - and a little pain.

But all it says is You entered a house (NIV).  Or in ESV, that You went home.  

It's a small thing.  But for some reason my heart responds to it.

My heart resonates with the "You went home" translation..because I feel pain for You.  It hurts me that here "the Son of Man has no place to lay his head" (Luke 9:58)  and I want You to have a home.  

Or maybe I just like the idea of a certain neighborhood being Your home.  I like to picture Your neighbors saying that You have "come home" when You arrive because You are at home there.

But I'm also touched reading "You entered a house."

 I think it's not for nothing that it says here that You entered a house. It could have just said that a crowd gathered, but it doesn't. (Mark 3:20)  

I think it's not for nothing that Your words just a few sentences later are about how a "house divided cannot stand" (Mark 3:25) and then about the strongman's house and robbing his house (Mark 3:27)

I think it's not for nothing that this word and this idea of You entering a house (or coming home)  - though a minor detail - touches something deep in my soul. 

The truth is all intertwined in it.

You have no home here, not because You can't have one
but because You have chosen not to have one  -
since I have none.

The Son of Man has no place to lay his head because man has no home
... or, rather, has a home, but has lost it.


...was banished from it.

...has a home, but the home (and they along with it) has been stolen (due to their own lack of vigilance, their own lack of faithfulness.) 

But You are going to "steal" it back.  

Not just the possessions, but the whole house.

And You are subtly redefining what a house is - and whose it is.  Like You redefine family in the next passage (Mark 3:31-35)

I want You to come into my home
because once my home was with You.

I want You to be at home with me
so that I can be at home with You.

I want You to enter this our house because
I am longing for what was...
What will be once more...
What IS now, but as through a glass darkly.  

And I love when You go into a house (or go home) because You come and make Your home with the ones who love You (John 14:23)

You enter a house ...
and it becomes Yours
 
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