Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Questions for Jesus - Mark 3:31-35 Post 1

Questions for Jesus - Mark 3:31-35 Post 1
When I read a passage, I ask the Lord questions about it.  Most of the time those questions are scattered throughout days of contemplation and prayer.  I can tell what the Lord is speaking to me about (or what He's put on my heart) by noticing which questions stay with me as I linger over a passage in prayer.

Sometimes I'll go back through my journal and list the questions I've asked, grouping them in a way that seems to make sense.  Today I'm posting a list of all the questions I'm asking Jesus about Mark 3:31-35.

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(Mark 3:31-35)
Is the timing of Your mother and brother's arrival important? 
Does it (their arrival/the timing of their arrival) have something to do with what You've been telling the teachers of the law in the previous passage about a house divided, tying up the strong man, robbing the house, blaspheming against the Holy Spirit?

Why have they come? (Mark 3:21)
Why are they standing outside?
Why do they send someone in to call You?
Why don't they go in themselves?
Is the crowd too large for them to get in?
Then how could the person they sent in get through the crowd?
What are Your family members thinking/feeling when they encounter the crowd around You?  What do they think about the crowd?  About You?
What would I be thinking/feeling if I were them?
How can they be "outside" looking for someone or something that is "inside"?  Does that even make sense?  What does it say about them?

Do I/how do I stand outside instead of going in?
Am I standing outside in some way?
If so - why?
Am I "sending someone in to call You"?
If so - why?
What is it that I want?

What is the crowd thinking/feeling when they hear Your family members are looking for You?
What would I be thinking/feeling in their place?

What do You think/feel when the crowd tells you that Your mother and brothers are "outside looking for You"?  Joy?  Pain?  Exasperated?  Mixed?  Why?

Why did You ask what You did? ("Who are my..."(Mark 3:33))
What did You want the crowd to know?
What are You telling them?
What do You want me to know?
How do they feel when they hear Your words?
How would I have felt/do I feel?
Did they understand what You were telling them?
Do I?

Did Your mother and brothers hear You?
Or hear about what You said?
What did they think/feel when they heard Your words?
How did they understand Your words?
What would I have felt/thought in their place?
What DO I feel/think?
Did You mean for them to hear You?
What did You want them to know?
What do You want me to know? What are you telling me?

Am I with Your family members or with the crowd?  In what way?
What do I need to know about where I am standing?
What is it like to be standing with Your physical family members in this passage?
What is it like to be with the crowd?
What does the crowd think about the crowd, about You?

Do You (did You) go out to them (Your mother and brothers)?
What does it mean to "do God's will"?
How does this connect with the previous passage?
What does this connection mean to me?
What would You say to me about this passage?  What do You want me to know?

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Do any of these questions stand out to you?  Which ones?  What other questions arise in your mind or lay heavy on your heart concerning this passage? 

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