January 3 - Mark 5
Updated: Mar 17
What does it mean to 'dig deeper?' This is a phrase you'll read often in the 5x5 plan. Click here for 15 different suggestions for digging deeper into the chapters we read. For chapter 5, use suggestion #10: Memorize Mark 5:36 (at least the caption in the picture above). Repeat it often throughout the day and week.
MESSIANIC SECRET: After performing the incredible miracle of raising the little girl from the dead, Jesus 'gave strict orders' to keep it a secret (v43). But at the same time, He tells the man set free from demons to spread the word about Him (v19-20). What's the difference? Notice where the two different parties are from: the raised girl's family was Jewish, while the demon possessed man was a gentile. Why do you think Jesus treats them differently at this point?
CROWD WATCH: The crowd is getting so big that people are pressing in on Jesus everywhere He goes.
PRETTY COOL FACT: The crazy-strong demon possessed man could break chains and nobody could contain him, yet he immediately falls on his knees in front of Jesus and recognizes who He really is (v6-7)!
Pray that your faith is as strong as the woman who touched Jesus in the crowd.
Give thanks that your Savior could free the strong man from demons, heal persistent diseases, and raise a little girl to new life.
Genesis 8:20 - 9:17
God saved you for a purpose, so fulfill God's purpose in the New Year / Decade
Wednesday - Salvation is rooted in God's gracious, providential and covenantal character
Thursday - Resolutions 1 & 2 - Don't consume lifeblood (??), Protect & defend life.
Friday - Resolution 3 - Fulfill God's creation mandate.