RE Verse reading–Mark 6:1-6 (day seven)
“And they took offense at him” (vs 3)  Faith in Christ sets people free.  “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty”  (2 Corinthians 3:17)  Unbelief traps the human soul.  Wrong choices harden our attitudes into prisons.   When Mark describes the people of Nazareth (Jesus’ hometown) he says they took offense.  The word in Greek is very picturesque.  Scandolon was the stick inside an animal trap.  When the stick was dislodged, the trap fell into place and the animal was caught.  Good image.  That is what happened to the Nazarenes.  They refused to believe and got  trapped inside a world and a perspective of their own making–without life, without progress.  Are you trapped today?  Do you desire freedom?   Ask the Lord to help you return to the place where faith was being required of you.  Repent of your reluctant, stubborn heart.  Trust the Lord.  Faith can move mountains, it can also open traps.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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