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Job - Lesson 1, Part 2

The Word: Episode 1916 Mark 10:1-10

January 28, 2022

“Run!”

Blessings folk!

We saw that Paul does all for the sake of the gospel.
He desired to share the gospel with all people.

1 Co 9:23
I do it all for the sake of the gospel,
that I may share with them in its blessings.

Now, read how the Spirit leads Paul to close this (two chapter!) teaching on giving…

1 Co 9:24-27
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize?
So run that you may obtain it.

Every athlete exercises self-control in all things.
They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.

So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.

But I discipline my body and keep it under control,
lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

Run the “race” of faith with discipline.
Exercise self-control…in all things.
We are in pursuit of an Imperishable wreath.
Run with focus. Not aimlessly.
Keep your body under control.
Keep yourself disciplined…body, soul, spirit.

Live as He directs.
Give as He directs.

All to the praise and glory of His grace…

Eph 1:5-6
In love
he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ,
according to the purpose of his will,

to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.


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The Word: Episode 1915 Mark 9:38-50

“For the Sake of the Gospel”

January 27, 2022

“For the Sake of the Gospel”

Blessings folk!

We have seen that the Word has much to say about “giving”.
We have seen that “giving” goes well beyond the common, current “teaching” on “tithing”.

Now, give heed to what the Spirit says through Paul about giving.
Remember the context of the entirety of 1 Cor. 8-9

1 Co 9:19-23

For though I am free from all,
I have made myself a servant to all,
that I might win more of them.

To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews.
To those under the law I became as one under the law
(though not being myself under the law)
that I might win those under the law.

To those outside the law I became as one outside the law
(not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ)
that I might win those outside the law.

To the weak I became weak,
that I might win the weak.
I have become all things to all people,
that by all means I might save some.

I do it all for the sake of the gospel,
that I may share with them in its blessings.

Here is the bottom line.
Paul gave himself.

Remember what we saw at the beginning?
We begin to give by giving ourselves to the Lord.

Now, we see that we give ourselves to others.

Paul was free from all.
Yet, he made himself servant of all.

To the Jew he “became” a Jew to win them.
To the Gentile (those outside the Law) he became one of them to win them.

To the weak, weak.

He became all things to all people so as to win all people to the gospel.

He did all for the sake of the gospel.
He gave all for the sake of the gospel.

This is not some “spiritual chameleon masquerading in witchcraft”.

Paul is saying that he gave himself so that others would know the gospel and the joy, liberty, freedom and salvation thereof.

May we do likewise.

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The Word: Episode 1914 Mark 9:38-41

“Reward?”

January 26, 2022

“Reward?”

Blessings folk!

We saw previously that Paul said…

1 Co 9:14
In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.

Wanna guess the next word?
“But…”

Read carefully and discern Paul’s heart.

1 Co 9:15-18
But I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing these things to secure any such provision. For I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of my ground for boasting.

For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting.
For necessity is laid upon me.
Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!

For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward,
but if not of my own will, I am still entrusted with a stewardship.

What then is my reward?
That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge,
so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.

Paul was reminding them that he had not demanded any rights of support from them.
He tells them that he is not seeking any now.

Paul’s “grounded” calling was the necessity to preach the gospel.
The good news.

What was his reward?
Not the financial provision procured from others.

His reward was the freedom to preach the gospel free of charge.
To owe no man obligation nor materiel.

Paul did not want to be “limited” in his ability to present the gospel.
Perhaps. “To owe no man anything”…

Rom 13:8
Owe no man anything, save to love one another:
for he that loveth his neighbor hath fulfilled the law.



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The Word: Episode 1913 Mark 9:30-37

“The Lord Commanded…”

January 25, 2022

“The Lord Commanded…”

Blessings folk!

The Spirit continues to reveal to us Truth through Paul and the Word to the Body in Corinth.

Read carefully.
Note the patterns of giving and provision.

1 Co 9:9-14
For it is written in the Law of Moses,
“You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.”
Is it for oxen that God is concerned?

Does he not certainly speak for our sake?
It was written for our sake,
because the plowman should plow in hope
and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop.

If we have sown spiritual things among you,
is it too much if we reap material things from you?

If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we even more?
Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right,
but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.

Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings?

In the same way,
the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.

We should not muzzle those teaching/proclaiming the Gospel of Christ/Kingdom.
Refusing to provide material needs is muzzling.

The plowman plows in hope.
The thresher threshes in hope.
In hope of a harvest.
In hope of a shared crop.

In the same way, those who sow spiritual things among you should reap material things from you.

Paul had chosen to not exercise this right with the Corinthians.
He knew it might be an obstacle to them.
Still, he now teaches them what they should be doing.
It is for their benefit.

Paul uses the example of Old Covenant Temple service.
Those employed in such received from the sacrificial offerings.

In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.

Note it is a command!

Ask yourself…
Ask the Lord…
Where should you be sowing?
To whom should you be the source of provision?

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The Word: Episode 1912 Mark 9:14-29, Matt 17:14-21

“Muzzled”

January 24, 2022

“Muzzled”

Blessings folk!

Following up on giving to support those from whom you receive, especially teaching of the Word, etc.

Paul was defending himself before the Body at Corinth.
Some folk had said some things.
Imagine!?

Give close heed to what the Spirit leads Paul to write…

1 Co 9:19

Am I not free?
Am I not an apostle?
Have I not seen Jesus our Lord?
Are not you my workmanship in the Lord?

If to others I am not an apostle,
at least I am to you,
for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

This is my defense to those who would examine me.

Do we not have the right to eat and drink?

Do we not have the right to take along a believing wife,
as do the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas?

Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living?

Who serves as a soldier at his own expense?
Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit?
Or who tends a flock without getting some of the milk?

Do I say these things on human authority?
Does not the Law say the same?

For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned?

Paul was firing off a series of questions to get them to consider some things.
Here is the bottom line.

Paul was an apostle.
They were his “workmanship” - they had believed because He brought the gospel to them.
They were the “seal of his apostleship”.
There were those who were questioning Paul and his “credentials”.
This is how he responded.
He and his entourage had the right to eat/drink.
They had the right to take a believing wife with them…as others did. (Tells us some things!)
They had the right to “refrain from working for a living”…in other words to be supported by those who received from them.
Paul gives some examples…
- A soldier does not serve at his own expense
- One who plants a vineyard shares in the fruit thereof
- A shepherd gets some of the milk from the flock
Paul says he is not “making this up”.
Paul states that the Law says the same…”do not muzzle an ox”.
God is not concerned about the ox.
God is concerned about those who propagate/teach the gospel.

There are too many who have grown fat with gluttony and abuse of the Body, living off the sheep while not shepherding.
There are too many that continue to muzzle the ox.

What is happening where you are?
Are you muzzling the ox by not sharing?

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The Word: Episode 1911 Mark 9:14-27

“Do Not Grow Weary"

January 23, 2022

“Do Not Grow Weary"

Blessings folk!

Are you sowing?
Where?
As the Lord leads?
As the Lord leads your heart?
In fertile soil of the Spirit?
Or, in the barren soil of man?

Gal 6:8-10
For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption,
but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

And let us not grow weary of doing good,
for in due season we will reap,
if we do not give up.

So then,
as we have opportunity,
let us do good to everyone,
and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Press on in sowing!
Do not grow weary of doing good.
You will reap…in due season.
Do not give up!

Therefore, do good!
As you have opportunity sow good.
Begin with the household of faith.

Again, do not grow weary.
Do good!
Sow!
Give as the Spirit leads!

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The Word: Episode 1910 Mark 9:9-13, Matt 17:9-13