Steve took us from Mark 8:22 to Mark 10:52. He called these the INCLUSIO passages between the two stories of the blind men. Jesus was with His disciples:
- HE SPENT TIME WITH THEM.
- HE ASKED THEM QUESTIONS.
- HE WARNED!
- HE TAUGHT THEM... STATING THINGS PLAINLY...
- HE REBUKED!
One of the disciples:
- PULLED JESUS ASIDE!
- REBUKED JESUS!
Wow! All that and we weren't even out of Mark 8. What I noticed the most, as Jesus discipled, was that He spoke of spiritual things and His disciples got stuck on the physical. He would say something profound and eventually it would get back to the physical and the disciples' pride. They could not see clearly that Jesus was talking about a spiritual Kingdom. They had trouble seeing JESUS clearly for who He was!
I thought, "Yep! Patti, Jesus is calling you to be a JOYFUL suffering, servant slave!
As I sat and pondered Jesus' patient love for His disciples, I was convicted that that is how He wants us to disciple each other - with GRACE and TRUTH. I also thought of what we had read in our Bible class, just an hour earlier with elementary kids, from the book of Genesis. God was patiently working with Cain. He extended Him GRACE:
"Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry?
Now Cain said to his brother Abel,