Tiki Joe's Island Blog

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Sep 23

Crossing the Sea for Just One

I have been reading and meditating through the book of Mark and it has been a very good experience. God has blessed me with some greater understanding because I am taking the time to really study the passages instead of reading quickly which I am prone to do. In chapter 4, Jesus had just left the Jewish shores of the Galilee Sea and headed to the other side of the great body of water. During this time, Jesus calmed the waves and encouraged the disciples’ faith. No sooner than Jesus had set foot on dry land then He was greeted by a demon possessed man. The thing that really struck me about this passage is that after Jesus cast out the demons, the Gerasenes people begged Jesus to leave. Jesus had just arrived to proclaim the good news and yet the people want Him gone. From an earthly view is may see like Jesus had failed. No sooner had he got there then He had to leave. Yet I know that Jesus is God, so therefor He knew what was going to happen before he even started sailing across the Sea. Jesus knew He would be going to a hostile region, be greeted by the demon possessed man and then would have to leave. Yet Jesus went anyways. Jesus went through the stormy seas to enemy land for one reason or should I say one person. One might be tempted to think that when Jesus made land on the shores of Gerasenes that the demon- possessed man was the one who sought out Jesus but that is not true. Jesus was the one who sought him. The demons knew that Jesus had come to save the man because they said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?” The demon knew that Jesus had come to seek and to save. This is a beautiful picture of the gospel. That God came to earth, enemy territory, and defeated Satan and all the demons when Jesus died on the cross. Jesus sought me when I was the property of Satan and rescued me from the clutches of the evil one. I am so thankful that Jesus would cross the sea of Galilee for just one person. I am so happy that Jesus would bear the cross for me.

Sep 19

Jesus and the Storms of Life

After preaching and minstering to a large crowd, in Mark chapter 4, Jesus must have been exhausted when He told his disciples to pull up anchor and set sail for the other side of the Sea of Galilee. They were to head to the other side which was country of the Gerasenes, a gentile country which is evident by the fact that they raised pigs. The beautiful thing about this trip across the sea is that it shows both Jesus’s humanity and divinity. After being surrounded by crowds who no doubt where looking for miracles and seeking Jesus’s full attention, He probably wanted to get away and rest. Jesus must have been so tired because He feel asleep on a boat. When I was in the Philippines on a mission trip I went on a ferry ride from one island to another, and I would have had to been exhausted to fall asleep on it. It is good to know that I have a God who knows what it is like to work hard and then be exhausted. Then a storm arose rather quickly and the disciples started freaking out. This always perplexed me because I thought as fishermen they would have been pretty confident out on the water. After some research I found that storms can be very fierce and sudden on the Sea of Galilee. The disciples may have never sailed across the sea to the other side and probably fished close to the shore. They woke up Jesus. To them it seemed crazy that Jesus could be sleeping through the storm. Yet here Jesus was passed out on a pillow in the stern of the boat. Jesus woke up and calmed the storm. He then asked the disciples why they were so afraid and why they had no faith. The disciples were afraid but had forgot one major thing, Jesus had told them to go to the other side of the lake. Jesus had called them somewhere and they should have trusted that Jesus would get them there. I am a lot like the disciples. I sometimes that if Jesus calls me somewhere He will go with me and get me there. I too like the disciples find myself staring at the storms and wondering how I will survive. It is comforting to know that Jesus is the master of the storms. It is comforting to know that if we obey Jesus, he will get us to the other side. Storms may arise suddenly and violently but if God is for me then who can be against me.

Sep 12

The Purpose of Parables

I have been reading through Mark when I came upon a verse in Mark 4 that gave me pause. In the NIV verse 33 is translated “With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand.” This translation seems problematic to me because just a few verses earlier Jesus had told his disciples that he was speaking in parables to the crowds so that they wouldn’t understand. In Mark 4: 11-12 He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that, “they may be ever seeing but never

perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!””

I found it strange that in one place Jesus would tell the disciples the purpose of parables was one thing and then later it seemed to change. The NASB and the ESV have a better translation of verse 33 that makes more sense in context. Instead of saying that Jesus spoke as many parables as they could understand, these versions say that Jesus spoke as many parables as they could hear. To me this passage reflects the way that the gospel will work on people. The gospel message has two purposes. The most clear purpose is that those whom God has chosen would hear it and have their hearts pierced, their souls convicted, and they would repent of their sin and turn to Him. The second purpose is that there will be those who hear the gospel message and it will only work to further their rebellion. It will only work to harden their heart. In this way the gospel will serve to stand as an accusation against that person in judgment. The gospel will come across as parables, fairy tales, and there will come a time when they can bear to hear it no longer. The message of the gospel is foolish to those who are perishing but I am grateful that to those being saved it is the power of God.

Aug 30

put me in coach

As I spent time reading through Mark today I landed on two passages. The first one was the parable of the sower and the various types of soil. Something I noticed is that Jesus took the time with the ones He loved to show them the meaning of the parable. I felt convicted at this time. I want to be the soil that is usable, in particular with spiritual disciplines. Many times I am more like the rocky soil that receives the call to spiritual discipline with much joy but do not stick it out for the long haul. I am praying that through my spiritual disciplines class that I will begin a lifelong habit of spiritual discipline. I also felt convicted today for all the time I waste and have wasted in my life. This got me thinking about past sins and I really felt agony for all the evil that I have done in my life. Sometimes I wonder how I could ever be forgiven. I wonder how could I ever be used by God. My only defense is grace. It is all I have. I can not stand on my own merit. Grace is the cry of my soul. I am guilty and yet at my judgment the only thing I can plead for is grace. Just a chapter earlier in Mark, Jesus is accused of casting out demons because He is of the devil. Jesus refutes that with a great comment about a house divided. But it is the next verse that I am thankful for today. Jesus said, “I assure you that people will be forgiven of all sins….” I am so thankful that my sins are forgiven. I can be rest in assurance that I did nothing to deserve grace and therefor have done nothing to lose it. I am humbled by this. I also celebrate because of it. Satan continues to attack me with his attempts to guilt me onto the sidelines of life. And Satan is right, the sidelines is where I deserve to be, but God in His mercy has given me the game ball and put me in the game.

Jul 16

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Jun 30

Ska Lives Vol 2. -

Download a new ska compilation of almost thirty bands.   The best part is that it is free.   

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