Mark 10: 1“Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds of people came to him, and as was his custom, he taught them.
The life and ministry of Jesus was characterized by a lot. He healed, he delivered, he saved, he forgave, he died, he rose and he ascended, but from Mark 10: 1, we can learn about one of his most consistent habits. Teaching! Mark 10:1 is a classic look-past scripture (for those tempted to go google what look-past means, don’t bother…I coined it). I was about to look past it myself as I made to barrel through the 10th chapter of Mark before I hit the sack. I was drawn to the chapter because I had spent some time discussing around the topic of divorce with a friend of mine earlier in the evening, and I thought it a good way to close out the night. I couldn’t get past the first verse though. It hit me out of the blue almost. Intellectually, I probably understood that Jesus was a teacher of God’s word as a function of his calling, but it is one of those points I had taken for granted. More than any other thing he did with the crowds, it seems to me that he taught them the most. He took teaching as a duty.
Jesus was sent to redeem mankind, but first, “he taught them.” Healings, working of miracles, and his other wondrous acts didn’t classify as his custom in this verse for his custom was to teach the people. Jesus understood what the apostle would later articulate in the book of Hebrews “the word of God…. penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” You see, the reason he taught above all was because everything he did was based on The Word. When he cried out for Lazarus to break forth from the crypt, he was speaking The Word; When the centurion’s servant regained his strength, it was on the basis of The Word. Nothing happened unless he spoke The Word.
Everything he said was The Word because he was The Word. So when you think about Jesus, you’re free, and are possibly encouraged, if you remember how he rebuked the legion tormenting the man in Gerasenes, or how he calmed the seas, or how he rolled away decades of blindness from oppressed souls, but please remember that without The Word, these were naught. Whatever Jesus said was The Word, and whenever the crowds came, he poured out The Word on them. Must have been something pretty special for Jesus to make his custom.
The Word is your key people. It worked for Jesus. I daresay, it’ll work for you too.
Scriptures to Meditate: John 1:1, Prov.30:5, Heb.4:12, Rom.10:8, Matt.24:35, James 1:21