August 09, 2020 AM
Dr. Michael Catt
#1980 (#13 in series)
SERVANT KING: Marriage, Money, and the Master
I. ACCUSATION, ACCOMMODATION, and ABSOLUTES
According to Jewish law at the time, a woman was thought of as a thing or a piece of property at the complete disposal of the man. A man could divorce his wife on any grounds, and women had little place to go in the system.
“Divorce is not the ideal. It is a divine concession to human sin and weakness. God hates divorce! But we must realize that if someone divorces and remarries within biblical guidelines, it is not sin, though it is due to sin. We must mourn every divorce!” – Preaching the Word: Mark, Volume II
II. ALL ON THE ALTAR IS TOO MUCH FOR SOME
On the way to the cross, there are five events that reveal deficiencies in how people viewed Jesus and discipleship.
A) A Lack of Compassion (vv. 13-16)
B) A Lack of Commitment (vv. 17-27)
Jesus was not making a case for universal asceticism (giving up all wealth and living a life of conscious denial and negation). The Old Testament holds up some godly rich men (such as Abraham, Boaz, and Job) as examples, though it constantly guards and warns against the greed of the rich.
C) A Lack of Contentment (vv. 28-31)
• Jesus never watered down __ to get a crowd.
• Jesus always said __.
• Jesus always challenged His followers __.
D) A Lack of Concentration (vv. 32-34)
E) A Lack of Compatibility (vv. 35-45)