Daily D – Mark 13:1-2
Mark 13:1, 2 As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!” “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” (NIV)
How well do you process information requiring deep thought when you have received the most shocking news of your life? It’s good for us to understand why Jesus’ disciples didn’t fully understand what he was telling them. None of it made sense until after his resurrection and ascension.
Jesus’ sobering statement was followed by a time of silence. The disciples’ journey from the temple grounds to the Mount of Olives probably took ten or fifteen minutes. Apparently, those disciples pondered Jesus’ words. This was a shocking moment among several shocking moments in those last hours before the crucifixion.
Verses 3 and 4 tell us the next part of the conversation.
As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?”
They asked for one sign. Jesus gave them several. He did not tell them everything they asked for, but he told them what they needed to know. He asked them in verse 2, “Do you see . . .?” See here means to view with perception. See more than the facts; see the truth. Then he explained the rest of the story.
1. There will be persecution.
2. There will be wars.
3. There will be false appearances of the Messiah.
4. There will be false prophets.
They needed to know how to discern the difference between what is true and what is false, what is real and what is an illusion.
These lessons remain valuable for our day. Deception and destruction are the devil’s work. Truth and restoration are God’s work. Know the truth. Join Jesus in building a better world. Help others learn how to discern what is right and wrong, true and false, now and forever.
I will ponder our world through the lenses Jesus gave us to see.
Our Father, help us see with perception. Empower us to discern what is right and wrong, true and false, now and forever. Show us how to guide others into your truth and purpose. Deliver us from false perception and foolish worldviews. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.
Psalm 52:8, 9 ”But I am like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God; I trust in God’s faithful love forever and ever. I will praise you forever for what you have done. In the presence of your faithful people, I will put my hope in your name, for it is good.“