Disciples arguing about position!
Scripture reading for February 20th: Mark 9
Peter, James, and John got to go up on the mountain and see Jesus transfigured and meet with Moses and Elijah in their glorified state. While up there, the other disciples tried to cast a demon out of a child and failed. Jesus rebuked them and finished the exorcism. Jesus continued their instruction concerning His coming death and resurrection. None of them understood and they were afraid to question Jesus about this.
Instead, on the way to Capernaum, they got into an argument about who was the greatest! Jesus was aware that they were arguing and called them all sit down for more instruction. “He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in His arms, He said to them, “Whoever welcomes on of these little children in My name welcomes Me; and whoever welcomes Me does not welcome Me but the One who sent Me.” (Mark 9:36-37) These disciples had argued among themselves and now admitted that they had rebuked a man who was driving out demons in Jesus’ name because he wasn’t one of them! Jesus wanted to get their attention with the little child as an object lesson.
“And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him to b e thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck.” (Mark 9:42) There is no room for religious pride among the followers of Jesus. There will be many different people that may not be in our group who love Jesus. Rebuking them or hindering them because of feeling superior could send us down the wrong path! Check out your heart! “Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.” Mark 9:50