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Mark 6:1-6; 7-8-2018(As Built; Amite #312)

A. Mouth….. as in Open Mouth insert foot…. Mouth
B. It’s about 1910…His name is Jack…. Jack is a…. he loves to panhandle for gold. He is freezing to death…. It is 40 degrees below zero… he is hungry… he is starving… He almost can’t take it anymore… He lives in the Yukon… in Alaska…. Which is on the boarder of British Columbia…in Alaska. You see the problem… Jack is an Iowa boy as a result he is not used to that type of weather… that type of temperature… as a result in Iowa… man… he laid railroad tracks… he cut timbers… man at the age of 16… give Jack his due… man this guy had his own crew… he no sooner finishes taking care of that business… man… he decides to join the Army. He is with them in the Spanish American war… he does pretty well… he ends up in the Philippines…. Man this is where trouble abounds for Jack… One year….One year … Jack is in the hospital… imagine …. A year… not just a week… a couple weeks…. A year… The doctor walks in and says… he opens his mouth one second to soon…Doc… what’s it gonna take for me to survive? To get out of here? He said… you gotta move directly to cold climate. Now you know why he’s freezing to death… why he’s starving… you see he moved to Alaska to the Yukon because he is following Doctor’s orders… the ones he opened his mouth to… as a result he worked for the telephone company… putting poles here…. Communications…. Helping the Army. That’s when he decided that he could make more money just looking for gold. Well Brothers and sisters in Christ… he doesn’t do this more than a couple weeks… he gets hurt while he is in the mountains… he gets hurt so bad… his ankle is swollen so bad that he can’t even walk… he’s about to starve to death… the temperature is 40 degrees below… he is near death… he is looking for anything to eat… he spots an elk… shoots it but he has gotta eat it on the spot because he has no choice… you know what is amazing about Jack? It’s his intellect… the man is brilliant… you know he is the one that invented the flat bottom boat for you and I… man what a great invention for us in the South…he invented the pencil sharpener… without using a knife in the woods… B&S in Christ… do you know what it’s like trying to shave in 40 degrees below zero… the water freezes to your face… Jack invents when he gets back… the electric razor… you know who Jack is…. He is not Jack Remington B&S in Christ… His name… Jack Schick… S-C-H-I-C-K… I wanna make sure you know where I’m going with this B&S in Christ… BUT HE OPENS HIS MOUTH AND HE ENDS UP WHERE HE DOES…
C. THAT IS EXACTLY the Gospel… My B&S in Christ…here our Good Lord returns to Nazareth…Preaching in the Synagogue He grew up in… Man they are amazed at His words… His wonders… the works that He does… and then one man opens his mouth… ONE man opened his mouth… 2000 years later we’re still arguing that she had children… caused ONE man opened his mouth… and he makes a statement…. NOW WAIT a minute … isn’t He the son of a carpenter? The son of Mary? Wait a minute… doesn’t he have four brothers? James and Joseph… Judas and Simon? Brothers and Sisters in Christ… I need you to stop for a minute…. And make sure that you understand the whole scenario of what’s taking place… you are a first century Jew… you’re in the Synagogue and you are listening… You know what is amazing…. 2000 years later…if we had just read the rest of the paragraph carefully, like you and I just did in Church… He answered all the questions… regarding whether or not He had brothers and sisters. They know He didn’t but for you and I and the world we live… Man, have people run with this… Here is the issue… There is no word for “brother” in Aramaic… the only word they use in Greek is Adelphi… or Adelphos… depending…as a result of it… They don’t have a word for cousin… so therefore they use the word brother… My Brothers and Sisters in Christ… as I do every Sunday… more importantly… my B&S in Christ… the four guys that they mentioned… James and Joseph are related… are the children of the OTHER Mary… read Matthew and Mark… they are not even related to Judas and Simon… B&S in Christ those four guys don’t even… per say… go together!! More importantly… B&S in Christ… how well did you listen to the Scripture… Did He not say… THE Son of Mary? Not A Son of Mary??? The Good Lord is telling you right there in Scripture… B&S in Christ… He even goes one step further… when they use the word “Kin” He said…. No one is of honor in their own native place … not even amongst their kin… The Angle appears to Mary… and tells her that Elizabeth… HER KIN… B&S in Christ… Mary and Elizabeth are not brothers and sisters… as a result of it… He is telling everybody again… I am not related to anybody here… they are my kin-folk…. They are blood relatives… go back in Scripture…. Go back to … I tell you what…. You can go back to um… Eliezer and Hirsch… they both have children and their children called each other brother and sisters… when they are at best …. Cousins… Abram is actually the uncle of Lot, yet Lot refers to him as his brother… My B&S in Christ… go back all the way to where the book of where Kings are… if you go back to King Hiram and you go back to King Solomon… they were actually Kings in two different countries… two different languages…. Two different dialects… two different genealogies… but they refer to themselves as brothers… Brothers and Sisters in Christ… you need to even understand this point… When He is on the crucifix…and this is important for your ladies in the Church… You can either live… as a first century Jew… you women… you can either live with your husband or your children… you live with anybody that is not your husband or your children… you will be subjected to 40 lashes… which would usually mean 39 in case they miscounted you don’t wanna have to… because if they miss and go to 41… YOU get lashed… so you would be subjected to 39 lashes… more over my B&S in Christ… on the crucifix… think about what the Good Lord does… He turns to His mother and says… Behold woman… this is your son… Son behold your mother… if He has four brothers… James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon not only did the Blessed Mother just get subjected to 40 lashes… 39 if you will cause she is now living with John… He just broke the Fourth Commandment by dishonored her…. B&S in Christ… we need to understand the Scripture through the eyes of a Jew… we need to understand Scripture through the language of a Jew… because that is how it was written and that’s who it was written for… so for you and I to put “brothers and sisters” as you and I know it… is POOR Theology and we are greatly misled. My B&S in Christ… I’m telling you … all you have to do is read the Scripture through the eyes of a Jew… Man… If they hadn’t opened their mouth would we be having this argument 2000 years later?
D. But go back in Scripture…. all of our best players… probably opened their mouth a little too soon… think for a second… If I mentioned this scenario you’re gonna know who I’m speaking of I don’t have to mention his name… He made one statement… he didn’t get the memo… OK so he missed the Easter Sunday Mass and he waits a week and so when they tell him that the Good Lord appeared he said… Well, you know… until I put my fingers in His hand and my hand in His side… I won’t believe… Everybody knows it’s Thomas… he makes ONE poor statement… Nobody remembers Thomas at the death of Lazarus telling the Good Lord… I’ll go back with you… even if it means our own death…Well, nobody else said that… Nobody else remembers Thomas being speared to death… but we sure remember THAT part… Man, if I told ya’… he told the Good Lord that he would never deny Him… you would say… Oh, man… that’s Peter… Man, B&S in Christ… if I told you to take out a bowl and towel and wash your hands…you would say… Oh, man… that’s Pilot…You know what is the height of irony with Pilot? B&S in Christ… the same people he argued with about on the Crucifixion of Christ he was arguing about 4 to 5 years later over the issue of water… He ended up taking his own life… everybody who judged Christ… Judas, Pilot, Herod Antipus, and the great Herod… every one of them took their own life… the point being is this B&S in Christ… WHAT HAPPENS we JUST didn’t OPEN our MOUTH? If Thomas doesn’t make the statement… PETER doesn’t make the denial… or Pilot just chooses to do the right thing the right way… You and I would never know the difference…
E. My Brothers and Sisters in Christ… here you and I set 2000 years later… how many times in the past week…this morning, this month… have you opened your mouth and just… Man if you had just… said nothing… B&S in Christ… how many times have you opened and gotten in an argument with somebody at work…. Your boss… your coworkers… your spouse… your children… your parents… MAN IT GOT SO HEATED SO QUICK SO FAST… Man, the volume rose… the language shrunk… and MAN… It got personal… and it’s out… WE ARE OUT THE BOX… and if we had just remained quiet… we don’t have to relive this all over again… B&S in Christ… how many times have you gotten into an argument over and email… or text message… when it would have been better that you just never responded…. You know sometimes the best response is no response… Brothers and Sisters in Christ… do you have to win EVERY argument every fight? I mean… I know somebody is keeping score… But Father… You don’t understand… I mean when I get into an argument… I gotta defend my territory…. I gotta … I don’t want to be a mat… I gotta … I gotta say what I feel… I gotta make my opinion clear… YEAH that’s right…. Make your OPINION Clear… Raise that Voice… Get that Language out there… There IS somebody keeping score… O’You can make sure of that… Now you get to pay for the sin twice…. You get to pay for it here on earth with all the carnage and venom that you just spread… and then you will pay for it again when it comes time for judgement… There you go!! Now show’em whose Boss… my B&S in Christ… if you and I had just closed our mouth… and realized that we have two ears and one mouth for a reason… so that you and I may listen twice as much as we speak… How many times B&S in Christ if you had just walked away from the email… Don’t you understand… THE ONE THING THAT IS KILLING OUR CHURCH… and killing you and I as a people and destroying our family is fact that you and I continue to gossip, slander and then we justify it… Well, IT’S TRUE… I mean… I’m JUST SAYING… I mean how many times do you pass by 50 miles an hour and we can judge a person walking down the street… You know… I hear confessions literally almost every day … not just in this Church and in other Churches… and I can tell you that from Death Row on Angola to Dixon, to Hunt, to LTI to the mecca of Amite, Louisiana… there are crosses out there that you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole… you would beg incessantly not to be carrying that cross… You know what is amazing… Man… we can judge them as they are walking right by…. Oh, I know ALL about THEM… Did you HEAR about this? I CAN’T believe what he said… or did… or she did… or thought… MAN… Brothers and Sisters in Christ… Can I TELL YA … YOU are KILLING EVERYBODY!! Including yourself and your soul… because it has become Mortal… Remember… the 8th Commandment… Thou shalt not bear false witness… there are two parts to that B&S in Christ… we are not just talking about… You swear to tell the truth… the whole truth and nothing buy the truth… so help you God… which is the second oldest lie in the book… but be that as it may… my B&S in Christ… it talks about detraction… when you pull somebody’s honor from them by email or text message… True or not… nobody told you and I to be the town crier … what must stop B&S in Christ is us constantly feel compelled to give our opinion are OTHER people’s names as safe on your lips as your own… if it’s not … may I BEG you to NOT get caught up in the conversation… I am BEGGING you to walk away from the fight… I am BEGGING you not to get caught up and make it personal… I am begging you to keep that volume at a level where you can have a discussion that is prudent… Brothers and Sisters in Christ… it’s destroying you… your families… and our Church…. I’m BEGGING you… please don’t pass judgement on people… you don’t know the crosses they carry… and I can assure you… it wouldn’t be one that your or I wish to carry…
F. And I leave you with this… Yes, Lincoln made a great statement… Sometimes… It’s better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. But you know who had the greatest statement… Hegial… He made the statement that words are like x-rays… Words are like x-rays…they go all the way to the bone… especially the ugly ones. My B&S in Christ… truly truly… I beg you… Watch our mouths!
G. Amen…

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