“Think Outside The Box” is the title of Pastor Jiyeon’s message Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. The scripture reading for Sept. 19, 2021, will be Mark 7:31-37 NRSV. You can read the week’s scripture below.
Jesus’ ministry is always something out of the ordinary. He turned water to wine, turned the temple tables over, raised the dead, gave sight to the blind, and friended with those unwelcomed in the society. A spiritual journey with God is just like Jesus’ ministry. Often, we see our life shifted in a different direction regardless of our thoughts or plans. We may see God’s guidance is not the best for us. In our human minds, we only see the box. As Jesus said to a deaf man, “Be opened,” he says it to us, who don’t know what we are supposed to see as God’s children. God puts us out of the box and leads us to see a bigger and broader picture God graciously shows us to see. Therefore, there is hope in Christ. Our life seems curved, full of obstacles and pain, but let us believe God indeed rescues us from the box and leads us to the path of eternal life. Think outside the box in God’s eyes.
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Mark 7:31-37 NRSV
Jesus Cures a Deaf Man
31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32 They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33 He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. 34 Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36 Then Jesusa]”>[a] ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37 They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”