“To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.” — Karl Barth
We are called to walk in Kingdom authority. I am walking prayerfully through the Gospel of Mark and continue to marinate in powerful passages.
Here is the passage for today:
18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. Some people came and asked Jesus, “How is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting, but yours are not?”
19 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. 20 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast.
21 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. 22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.” (Mark 2:18-22, NIV)
Here are some quick notes I had in my study notes from past studies on Mark:
The Power of the Kingdom: Know WHEN to do WHAT!
The Pharisees had a lot of man-made rules for GOOD disciplines. Kingdom power is about knowing WHEN to use those disciplines. It is about the law on the heart and not on stone. There is a time to fast and a time to feast.
The new wineskin: Knowing how to use good forms in timing with the rhythm of the Kingdom. Too often we get into forms and habits without checking in with the agenda of the Kingdom. Fasting is good and has a place. So is feasting. Knowing what to do when takes the leading of the Spirit. It has to get beyond what is on the tablets of Stone. It has to get into our hearts.
We are empowered to walk in this authority. Give us ears to hear, O Lord!