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Peter Meney, Scripture Meditations

The speed and pace with which the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ unfolds in the book of Mark is amazing. No sooner is the Lord returned from healing the Gadarene demoniac in Mark chapter 5 than He is met by Jairus, a leader of the synagogue, whose daughter is at death’s door. Jairus pleads for the Lord to help but as the pair travel together there is an interruption in the story and another person takes Jesus’ attention. It is this dear lady who will also have our attention tomorrow.

Unnamed heirs

Have you ever noticed how often the Lord helps people who are unnamed in the Bible? Have you wondered why that might be? I feel sure it is to encourage us to see ourselves in these anonymous heirs of grace. In Mark 5 we have the Gadarene demoniac, Jairus’ daughter and the…

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When the Lord Jesus Christ had delivered the Gadarene demoniac from Legion and set him free from Satan’s bondage, Mark tells us, ‘he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him’. Having once met the Lord this man would not let Him go.

What a transformation had occurred! The wild man of the tombs who struck fear into the hearts of all around is ‘sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind’. Many talk of…

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Too much religion begins with man. You and I shall never understand the way of grace, mercy and salvation until we see it as God’s work, performed in God’s way, according to God’s will. Millions who meet for worship today are no closer to grace than the legion of demons who possessed the Gadarene of Mark 5 – you can be in Christ’s company and heading for hell. If we are not to be among the legion of the damned our only hope is that the Lord Jesus Christ will come and deliver us from the bondage of our nature and the deserved condemnation of our sin.

When Jesus left the coast of Capernaum and headed out into Lake Galilee He was on a mission to find one of His elect. These two did not stumbled upon each other by chance! Like the Good Shepherd the Lord went looking for His…

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The incident of the storm that engulfed the Saviour and His disciples as they crossed the sea of Galilee has resonated with the Lord’s people ever since it happened. The destructive force of the storm, the helplessness of the disciples, and the hopelessness of the situation seem to echo our own life’s experiences in many different ways.

The ship’s passage from Capernaum into the country of the Gadarenes ought to have been straightforward. Perhaps, after a long day, most hoped to get a little rest. As is often the case in our lives things did not go to plan. The troubles of life…

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The Apostle John wrote, ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.’ Without doubt, these two sentences are amongst the highest and most profound statements ever penned.

But it does not stop there, John continues, ‘All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.’

These few verses from the start of John’s Gospel reveal the extent and depth of that apostle’s insight and knowledge of God, mankind, the world around us, and the great struggle between light and darkness. Where did a Galilean fisherman get such wisdom and understanding?

We are not left without an answer. Mark tells us this wisdom is…

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