Weekly Bulletin Article 2018
By Bro Jim Brasseal, Pastor Landmark MBC
Jan 14, 2018 - “Into a Desert Place, and Rest a While”
“Into a Desert Place, and Rest a While”
Jan 14, 2018
“And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat” (Mark 6:31).
The news sent by Brother Bill Cooper is that Brother Dennis Carrell made the trip back to the states for the examination by his cardiologist. The conclusion is that this was brought on by exhaustion. Brother Dennis is now doing fine, and, after a time of rest, he and his wife, Charlotte, will return to Mongolia to resume work on the Old Testament translation. Thank the LORD for this good news.
This report brought to mind the scripture in Mark 6:31 where the scripture shows us that a time of rest can be beneficial to the Lord’s disciples. Jesus and his disciples were experiencing some very stressful times. When they returned to Galilee, they were not received gladly. Many “were offended at him” (Mark 6:3). “And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching” (Mark 6:5-6).
There was no failure because the Lord and His disciples delivered the wrong message with the wrong motivation. The failure is shown in one statement: “because of their unbelief.”
In Mark 6:31, Jesus called his disciples into a desert place to “rest a while.” We are also told that they “had no leisure so much as to eat.” The Lord knew that a time of rest was needed. The beheading of John the Baptist is reported in Mark 6:22-29 and Matthew 14:10-12. The Lord’s disciples buried John’s body “and went and told Jesus” (Matthew 14:12). The death and burial of John influenced Jesus to go “into a desert place apart” (Matthew 14:13).
The very best of the Lord’s servants are still weak, earthen vessels who face many difficulties. Consider the list of problems in II Corinthians 4:8-10, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.”
We need the encouragement, edification, and help of each other so that we do not faint (II Corinthians 4:1).