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Jesus makes a decisive break with the Pharisees after continued provocation. After returning from the Gentile region of the Decapolis, Jesus is met by the Pharisees who are trying to ensnare him. They seek a sign, not to believe on him, but to find a reason to kill him. If anyone doesn't see Jesus, then no sign will convince them.
The Mystery of Godliness
The purpose of the Church is to preach the truth handed down. Paul's purpose for writing to Timothy is so that the church knows how it ought to conduct itself. This conduct is based upon the revealed gospel of Jesus Christ. The Church, with Christ as the Head, is the pillar and ground of truth.
Feeding the Four Thousand
Jesus' compassion for the Gentiles is on display when he feeds the four thousand. The people were hungry and needed food and Jesus provided for their need. God's people can be assured that Christ loves them and knows their frame even when they forget his promises.
Of the Civil Magistrate - 2LCF 24 - Part 1
God, as the supreme Lord and King, has ordained the civil magistrate to keep justice and peace by punishing the guilty and protecting the innocent. A Christian may take the office of magistrate, but must execute their office with justice and equity. Christian also must obey the magistrate in all lawful things and must pray for them.
Qualifications for Deacons
Paul directs Timothy concerning proper conduct and government in the house of God, which is the church. He sets forth the qualifications for both elders and deacons. Elders hold the ruling and teaching office, while deacons hold the serving office focusing on the temporal needs of the church. All members ought to serve Christ's church, but deacons occupy a specific role. These men must be qualified men as they assist in the government of Christ's church.
Deaf Ears Opened
Through healing the deaf-mute man, Mark shows us the reason a person sees Jesus for who he is. Salvation and understanding come God alone who gives ears to hear. Jesus' healing further demonstrates that He is God come down to bring about salvation and new life for all who believe in him, whether Jew or Gentile.