If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Genesis 44, Mark 14, Job 10, Romans 14. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Mark 14.
As Christ’s life raced toward crucifixion, Mark showed us a contrast between a woman (vv. 1-9) who loved Christ so much that she gladly anointed him with her “very expensive perfume” (v. 3) and Judas who loved money so much that he sold Christ out (vv. 10-11). After observing the Passover with his disciples and re-ordaining its elements for use in the church (vv. 12-25), Christ retreated just outside the city of Jerusalem to the Mount of Olives with 11 of the 12 disciples (vv. 26ff). Feeling intense emotions over what was about to happen to him, Christ prophesied to the disciples that they would all disclaim him (vv. 27-28). Even Peter, one of his closest companions, would reject Christ and he would do so in typically flamboyant Petrine fashion (vv. 29-31). Finally, in an olive grove on the Mount of …um… Olives, Jesus asked his disciples to wait for him while he prayed. Peter, James, and John were invited closer and Christ revealed to them how deeply he was struggling emotionally (vv. 33-34). After his first conversation with God, Christ returned to find his disciples asleep. Although he had let them into his heart, they let him down by not praying for him and staying alert for approaching dangers (vv. 37-38). In verse 38, Christ warned Peter: “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation….” What temptation did Christ have in mind? How could watching and praying help Peter to avoid falling into that trap?
Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.