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The real meaning of the Sabbath

TEXT: ISAIAH 58

In isaiah's day, the Sabbath had become a time when Jews became more concerned with ritual than personal fellowship with God.

Jesus casts out religious demons

TEXT: Mark 1:21-28

Here in this passage, we have poof that the devil goes to church.

Setting the scene: Mark writes that Jesus has been baptized by John the Baptist, then tempted by Satan in the wilderness. After that, John the Baptist is imprisoned, and Jesus begins his ministry by calling  four fishermen to be disciples:  Simon (Peter), his brother Andrew, and James and John, who also brothers and the sons of Zebedee.

Jesus calls Levi (Matthew)

TEXT: MARK 2:12-14

The last disciple recorded in scripture among the early disciples is Levi, also known as Matthew, who was sitting at a place that takes a toll for people to be able to pass.  It was a kind of  "toll tax office" (REFERENCE: Mark 2:13-14). Perhaps it was the Middle East's version of a toll booth.

It is not known how many disciples Jesus called in total, but it was more than 12 (REFERENCE: Mark 3:13-21). And if you count the disciples who were named in scripture before Jesus chose 12 for his inner circle, you'll find only six names - the other six names were revealed when Jesus made His final selection.

Jesus mourns over Jerusalem

TEXT: MATTHEW 23:37-39

Jesus is ending his visit to the temple, a visit which began in anger when He chased all the concessionaires and money changers out of the temple (Chapter 21), and ended with His sorrow over a Jerusalem without God.

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