November 9, 2014 – Morning Worship
Monday – Mark 6:14-29
Notice King Herod’s various fears — can you identify with any of them? How did they keep him from heeding John’s warning, and how can we avoid similar stubborn blindness?
Up to this point Mark has shown us snapshots of Jesus as Divine Messiah King. Here he introduces an earthly King Herod— how are he and Jesus similar? How are they different? Why does it matter?
Wednesday – I Kings 18:1-19:8; Mark 6:14-16; 9:11-13
Why do you think John and Jesus were often compared to Elijah? What do they tell us about God and human kings? Why should that be a comfort and challenge to us?
How are Jesus and John the Baptist alike and different? How does the description of John here in Mark foreshadow the ways in which Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of all the prophets?
Why is Herod afraid of the power of a resurrected prophet? How does this foreshadow the power that Jesus has, having risen from the dead? How ought Herod’s fears be our comfort?
Given Herod’s fear of the power of resurrection (Mark 6:14), how ought that be a comfort and encouragement to those of us who are promised resurrection through faith in Jesus Christ? How might that change the way we think and act in the world, whether tempted by the powers and pleasures of the world, or threatened by them?