Thursday, January 10, 2008

Meanderings in Mark

This picture is of a cormorant feeding its baby. (Thanks to my husband, Grant, as with the other Pilanesberg photos!) Actually, by the time I got hold of the binoculars to look, there was no food left and the baby was whacking his beak against the parent's, demanding more.

I was reading Mark 2:16 & 17 and reflecting on a discussion we had at Bible Study on Monday. 'Surely God will save all those who try hard to do good even if they are not Christians. How can he be so unfair to exclude them.' Not an easy question to answer. What does God want from us? Sincerity, good works, love for our fellow man? Sure, but that doesn't seem to be the nub of it. Mark quotes Jesus as saying that he came, not for the righteous, but for sinners. When I read it now I saw it as saying that he came for those who knew that he needed him. Not for those who reckon they're ok. It makes no statement on the 'righteous'. For me, I know I seldom get things as right as I want to. I am very aware that often I only succeed because of God's power in me. So, for those who reckon they're ok - good luck to you. For me, I am very, very grateful for a saviour.


Unknown said...

Somehow we think that God is captured in time, not thinking that God can move forward and backward in time. When Jesus went down into the pit, who did he preach to? So I believe there is another opportunity for many to accept or reject. Maybe that is just me thinking, but it does make sense not to fix God in timeline.

Jenny Hillebrand said...

Hi Herman
I agree with the difficulty of fully understanding eternity and 'God in a timeline'. It's part of what makes God mysterious and awesome! I don't know if there will be another chance or not. I would be very afraid to preach that there was, in case I was wrong and I misled people.