Bible Study – Mk. 9:42-50 Temptations to Sin

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Mark 9:42-50 Temptations to Sin

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42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 48 where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched. 49 For every one will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” The Holy Bible : Revised Standard Version Second Catholic edition (2006), with the ecclesiastical approval of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Thomas Nelson Publishing for Ignatius Press.

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Did you notice that verses 44 and 46 are missing? After those verses were numbered in medieval manuscripts it was later discovered that they were not part of the original manuscripts and thus were subsequently deleted by most modern bibles after 1881. The missing verses here say the same thing as verse “48 where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched. “ The missing verses were added by scribes, who copied the bible by hand and they attempted to add emphasis to the biblical passages, in this case by repetition, but again they are not part of the original manuscripts. 42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,” Who are the “little ones?” Actually this a term that refers to young of age or immature in faith.

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In this context Jesus is issuing a warning against causing such people to fall away, disbelieve or violate God’s law. Jesus then uses a hyperbole, an exaggeration, to make a point of how serious leading someone away would be. Jesus is not advocating self-mutilation when he tells us to cut off a hand, foot or pluck out an eye. He is pointing out that nothing is more important than spending eternity with God. The hand, foot, and eye might also be symbols for ways in which we are lead into sin. This caution against leading little ones in the faith into sinful ways applies both to what we do individually and as examples in our Church Community. Our thoughts and actions must be motivated by love (1 Corinthians 13), and we must be careful about judging others (Matthew 7:1-5; Romans 14:1–15:4).

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However, we also have a responsibility to confront flagrant sin within the church (1 Corinthians 5:12-13). A millstone that was used for grinding grain. Just imagine having the weight of that around your neck. It is also important to remember 1 Corinthians 10:13,  13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 49 For every one will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

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Salt is good, in the ancient world “salt” was both a condiment and a preservative for food. Salt symbolized discipleship and the work we are called to do. Disciples are called to be “the salt of the earth” called to make a difference (Matthew 5:13). Disciples are called to be life-producing, preserving agents in a dying world. Disciples are called to preserve the good in a world spoiled by sin.

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