“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23, ESV)

10/01/2021 – Morning Service: Morning by Morning – Alone with God

Bible Readings:

Isaiah 50:1 – 11, Mark 1:21 – 39, 6:30 – 47

Sermon Outline:

Isaiah 50:4 (NKJV)

4 “The Lord God has given Me

The tongue of the learned,

That I should know how to speak

A word in season to him who is weary.

He awakens Me morning by morning,

He awakens My ear

To hear as the learned.

Mark 1:35 (NKJV)

35 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.

Mark 6:46 (NKJV)

46 And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray.

I  Morning by morning – alone with God to learn

1 John 2:6 (NKJV)

6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

II  Morning by morning – alone with God to pray

III  Alone with God – the foundation of life

“After the blessing Jesus broke the bread in pieces. Mark and Luke have used the compound verb, which describes more graphically what Jesus did, namely make pieces for handy distribution. And Mark, like Luke, now inserts an imperfect tense and thereby indicates the miraculous multiplication of the bread in Jesus’ hands: “he continued to give to the disciples,” i. e., the pieces he broke. There were always more pieces to break off; the bread grew in Jesus’ hands.

The bread was given to the disciples to be placed before the people. They had the task of being the waiters at this miraculous meal. Mark speaks of the two fishes in particular. While Jesus broke them as he had broken the bread, breaking bread is a special phrase, which is not used with reference to fish. Mark uses another verb, “he divided” the fishes, portioned them out. He is content with the aorist, which merely states the fact. Note the contrast, “two fishes” divided out “to all,” the great multitude. This is all that even a writer like Mark has to say in recording this great miracle. An uninspired writer would have multiplied words. A divine restraint held the holy writers in check so that they let the facts speak for themselves.”

The Interpretation of St. Mark’s Gospel (p. 268).  R. C. H. Lenski

Please note, this is only to help the listener to understand the underlying Greek grammar of the text, we don’t agree on everything written by R. C. H. Lenski