Morning Musing: Mark 5:1-2

“They came to the other side of the sea, to the region of the Gerasenes. As soon as he got out of the boat, a man with an unclean spirit came out of the tombs and met him.” (CSB – Read the chapter)

Often today the Christian life appears as something rather mundane and boring. You do all the normal things you might otherwise do, you just do them a little nicer than everyone else. Or, worse yet, you don’t get to do many of the “fun” things the people around you get to do. You just sit around and pray or read your Bible all the time. Who really wants to be a part of that? Well, no one…if that’s really what the Christian life is supposed to be. What we see here is a reminder that following Jesus is an altogether more adventurous affair.

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Morning Musing: 1 Samuel 16:2

“And Samuel said, ‘How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.’ And the Lord said, ‘Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.'”  (ESV – Read the chapter) ‬‬

Following Jesus can be an adventurous affair. Things had disintegrated under Saul to the extent that he was actively eliminating potential threats to his rule. This is a mark of a truly insecure ruler. Samuel wasn’t someone who could travel freely in Israel. His profile was high enough that when he went somewhere, everyone—including Saul—figured it meant something. If he did anything significant—like, say, anointing someone else to be king—word was likely to get back to Saul who would likely deal with both the threat and its source with ruthless efficiency. Read the rest…