We’ve been looking at Mark 6 which is part of the sermon on the mount. Last time we looked at the idea of not doing or talking about righteousness to be seen by others. Today I want to talk about verses 19-21.
Now Jesus has been talking about not doing acts of righteousness be it charitable giving, praying or fasting to be seen. These are the examples He gives. He says that if you do it to be seen, then you have received your reward – you’ve been seen. But if you do it for the Kingdom – not to be seen – God sees it and will reward you. He then begins to talk about rewards and treasures. He says
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
This is the third part of a study looking at the story of Jesus and the healing of Bartimaeus the blind man in Mark 10.
Jesus has entered the town of Jericho and the crowd has gathered. Bartimaeus a blind man and beggar is on the side of the road and hears that Jesus is going by. He cries out to Jesus. The crowd tells him to be quiet and stay out of the way. But Jesus stops and tells the crowd to bring him forward. They go and get him and Bartimaeus leaps at the chance and goes to Jesus. Jesus asks him what he wants and when he says he wants to see, knowing that Jesus can give him his sight, Jesus heals him. Bartimaeus is healed and follows Jesus along the road praising God.
In part one we looked at what this story tells us about Jesus. In part two we looked at what the fact that Jesus loves everyone has to do with us. Today I want to go a different direction.
It’s funny the things that you remember from college classes. I remember one of my favorite classes was an introduction to philosophy. I loved this class because the professor was very unbiased and we got to write some really cool papers. (One of my papers was: Is the judaeo-Christian ethic sufficient for handling environmental issues. The answer was of course yes – which I proved rather convincingly I might add).
One of the great moments of the class that has always stayed with me was a video in which a female pastor of some kind said, “The thing that separates humans from everyone else is our ability to sin. Nothing else on earth can sin.” That, friends will preach.
I bring that idea up today because I want to look at a couple of important things that we have sort of accidentally gotten backwards in the western church when we talk about singleness, marriage and sex. That is, that you are just an animal instead of a person.