"Unbelief/Hardness of Heart"

December 22, 2013

“Unbelief/Hardness of Heart”

Blessings Folk!

Today’s reading:

Mark 16:14-18

The Eleven Disciples were reclining at table having a meal.
Imagine the discussion.
Imagine the insinuations and the forgiveness that was required.

Jesus suddenly appeared.

He reproached/rebuked/upbraided (whichever word one uses it is a strong thing) them for their lack of belief and hardness of heart. They had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen.

This is a major concern within the Body of Christ today.

Hardness of heart.

Jesus then tells them what to do.
  • Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
    • All creation...that should help some to understand issues of the day
  • Jesus says the one who believes and has been baptized shall be saved.
    • This should also help us understand some other things. Happy
  • The one who disbelieves...interesting word...it means to believe not. They shall be condemned

Jesus states that signs will accompany those who believe…
  • cast out demons, in Jesus’ name
  • speak with new tongues
  • pick up serpents
  • if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them
  • they will lay hands on the sick, the sick shall recover.

Many believers today experience unbelief and hardness of heart when approached with verses 17-18.

These verses are not permission to go out and drink poison and handle snakes to prove one’s faith.

I believe the Word gives us insight.
Remember when Paul was shipwrecked and bit by a viper?
He should have been dead in minutes.
The natives thought he was a guilty sinner and the bite was judgment.
Later, after he had not died, they thought he was God.
Paul shared the gospel with them.

This is an example of a serpent causing not harm.

We will never know the number of times that God has protected us from that which we have ingested.

Most believers today want reject verses 9-20 from the Word.
This is error.

These things are for today:
  • casting out demons in Jesus’ name
  • speaking in new tongues
  • protection from serpents
  • protection from poisons
  • laying on of hand and recovery of the sick.

Fear not!