Two of the scripture reading for today were extra thought provoking…
#1. Gen. 1:1-5
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
// If the darkness wasn’t good why didn’t God just get rid of it? Why did he only separate it?
Just a thought i had this morning.
#2. Mark 1:4-11
4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6 John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.7 And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
// Father Thomas preached on this passage this morning. He mad a great observation. John baptism was a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sin, correct. But if that was the case why did Jesus need to be baptized by John considering he was without sin?
Isn’t that a fascinating question. I thought it was. And Father Thomas made some great points as he preached this morning on this very question. You should go listen to his message, it was really good this morning. (it will probably be posted in the next do or so.)
SO, what do you think about those questions? Any ideas, observations, thoughts?
Grace and peace