Friendship: Loving in the Chaos of Life
In Mark 14, Jesus is in the middle of the storm. The Pharisees are chasing him. Judas is betraying Him. The apostles are falling asleep. Both sides begin to slaughter each other in His midst. It is chaos. It is a miracle that Jesus was able to keep His composure and continue to love and rely on His Father. This wasn’t on the way to the office or the grocery store, this was on the way to the cross. The most loving act in humanity. Amazing. This makes watching Michael Jordan in Game 7, Tiger Woods in his prime at the final round of the Masters, or Peyton Manning in the two minute drill seem like child’s play.
Friendship Question: Share a situation this week where the storm of chaos was stirring? What happened and how did you react in the situation?
Repentance: The trouble with our hearts.
In Exodus 11, God gives his final threat to Pharaoh. Like Jesus, Pharaoh has been living in the chaos of God’s plagues on him. He isn’t responding in love and humility because God has hardened his heart. So much is at stake and it all lies on Pharaoh’s hard heart. No pressure. Because of Pharaoh’s and the Egyptian’s hard heart, God kills many first born sons. Our hearts for God impact the people under our care. If you don’t humble yourself, you must consider how that impacts your spouses, sons, etc.
Repentance Question: How are you convicted and repentant at how your hard heart doesn’t enable you to humble yourself and love in those moments of chaos.
Faith: The First Born Son
There is hope in Mark 14. Jesus is the first born son of God. In our rebellious hearts, we deserve the same treatment as the Egyptians, but God punishes His first born son. God took Jesus, blessed Him, and broke Him for us; just as Jesus did with the bread and wine in the Lord’s supper.
Faith Question: Reflect on Mark 14, what do you love about how Jesus and God love?
Focus/Mission: Blessed, Broken, and Given Away
The Lord’s supper is a beautiful picture of how God uses us to love others. God takes us blesses us, breaks and humbles us, and gives us opportunities to give ourselves to others through love. Just like in 1 Kings 6, God is building a temple of His people and their lives for His glory. We are a part of His work.
Focus Question: Where is God calling you to love someone this way? What will you do this week to give of yourself and what God has blessed you with in that situation or relationship?
Tuesday’s Readings: Exodus 12, 1 Kings 7, Isaiah 62, Mark 15
Wednesday’s Readings: Exodus 13, 1 Kings 8, Isaiah 63, Mark 16
Thursday’s Readings: Exodus 14, 1 Kings 9, Isaiah 64, 1 Peter 1
Friday’s Readings: Exodus 15, 1 Kings 10, Isaiah 65, 1 Peter 2
Saturday’s Readings: Psalm 37, Psalm 38, Psalm 39