February 24, 2019: SOAP #3370:   Numbers 14-16; Mark 3 Scripture: Mark (NIV) 7:7 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed. 8 When they heard all he was doing, many people came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and […]

February 24, 2019: SOAP #3370:   Numbers 14-16; Mark 3

Scripture: Mark (NIV) 7:7 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed. 8 When they heard all he was doing, many people came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon. 9 Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him. 10 For he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him.

Observation:   There were no reporters to announce what Jesus was doing.   No one could purchase a full page add in the local newspaper.   No one could purchase any air time on radio or television.   Yet so many people were gathered that Jesus had to get into a small boat and push off from the shore to keep from getting trampled.   How did everyone hear about Jesus?   News must have been spread by word of mouth!

Application:  Today, churches spend lots of money in advertising, radio and tv advertisement, banners, etc.   The way some talk, they can do nothing to evangelize the lost unless they can get money for advertising.   How different that is from the ministry of Jesus and the early church.   A revival is needed of healing and miracles.   A revival is needed with signs and wonders.   Instead of us paying the newspapers, radio and tv stations for advertisement, they should be sending reporters to find out what is happening.

Prayer:     Lord, do today what you did while walking on the earth.   Holy Spirit, do today what you did in the book of Acts.   May the church in these last days have the same works like the first days. Amen

Pastor Leon
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