Summary: To prove being afraid of people is not right.
Are you afraid of people?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To prove being afraid of people is not right.
Mark 11:32 (The Message)
11:32 if we say 'humans,' we'll be up against it with the people because they all hold John up as a prophet."
Fear GOD, love men.
If we say humans
Study of Mark 11
A. Author: Mark, son of Mary of Jerusalem; referred to as John Mark
B. Date written: 58 B.C.
C. Purpose: To present JESUS of Nazareth as GOD's Suffering Servant, the Redeemer of the world
D. To whom written: Roman or Gentile Christians
E. Main Theme: CHRIST is the tireless servant of GOD and humanity.
F. Key word: Immediately
G. Key verse: Mark 10:45
Mark 10:45 (Amplified Bible)
10:45 For even the Son of Man came not to have service rendered to Him, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for (instead of) many.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. If we say humans
"if we say 'humans,'"
Humans are "anthropos" in the Greek meaning men, countenance of men, mankind, human being, manfaced, people.
These people are afraid of people.
Matthew 10:28 (The Message)
10:28 "Don't be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies. There's nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life—body and soul—in his hands.
Remember Abraham, when he's not yet mature in his relationship with GOD, feared men, and after fear, it opened him up to lies. He even lied about his real relationship with his wife. When our relationship with GOD is not right, our relationship with men will not be right as well.
Genesis 20:11 (The Message)
20:11 Abraham said, "I just assumed that there was no fear of God in this place and that they'd kill me to get my wife.
The teachers of the law, scribes, chief priests and elders in JESUS's day are afraid of the people because they don't have relationship with GOD. If they have correct relationship with GOD, then they will recognize and accept JESUS as GOD.
Luke 20:19 (The Message)
20:19 The religion scholars and high priests wanted to lynch him on the spot, but they were intimidated by public opinion. They knew the story was about them.
Luke 22:2 (The Message)
22:2 The high priests and religion scholars were looking for a way to do away with Jesus but, fearful of the people, they were also looking for a way to cover their tracks.
B. They were afraid of the people
"we'll be up against it with the people because they all hold John up as a prophet."
Psalms 56:11 (The Message)
56:11 Fearless now, I trust in God; what can mere mortals do to me?
Psalms 49:16 (Amplified Bible)
49:16 Be not afraid when [an ungodly] one is made rich, when the wealth and glory of his house are increased;
Psalms 118:6 (The Message)
118:6 God's now at my side and I'm not afraid; who would dare lay a hand on me?
They have but human arm and flesh, but we have GOD on our side.
Romans 8:31 (The Message)
8:31 So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose?
2 Timothy 1:7 (God's Word)