Field of Faith Devotion Week 08 - The Gospel to the Broken


Field Focus:
As we continue to play zone defense and garner a greater understanding of positional awareness. We will also focus on the off-ball movements that can be effective against zone and man defensive schemes (Practice Plan).

Faith Focus: The Gospel to the Broken
Family Game: Tigers, Traps, and Tarzan Game (Large Group Rock Paper Scissors)
Bible Verses: Mark 2:13-17
Memory Verse: (Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.)

The holiness of God is an overwhelming thing to behold. When we look at the holiness of God we are stricken by our guilt of sin because our sin is magnified by the perfection of His holiness. When Peter realizes he is in the presence of a holy being in Luke 5:8; he drops to his knees and says, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” Peter’s sin becomes so unbearably convicting that he cannot stand to be in the holy presence of Jesus. This is a proper response to the holiness of God because it makes evident that we cannot rely on our self-righteousness but need the imputed righteousness of Christ. In Mark 2:13-17 we see Jesus calling Levi (Matthew). Levi (Matthew) was a Jewish tax collector for the Roman empire. There were two classes of tax collectors Gabbai and Mokhes. Gabbai’s collected general taxes on land and property, while Mokhes collected a wide variety of use taxes such as toll fees, business licenses, and imports. The greater Mokehes were large tax franchises that hired others to collect taxes for them, while smaller Mokehes did their own assessing and collecting. Levi (Matthew) was a smaller Mokehes and was reviled by his fellow countrymen because of the extortion he imposed on them to build his wealth. Levi’s (Matthew) immediate response to get up and follow Jesus shows his conviction of sin. In the following verses it shows Jesus and his disciples reclining with tax collectors and sinners at Levi’s (Matthew) home. When the scribes of the Pharisees see this, they question why Jesus would associate with such reprehensible people. Jesus responded , “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but the sinners” (Mark 2:17). This response condemns the self-righteous who feel they are “well” and do not see a need to repent and put their faith in Jesus as the savior from sin. While condemning the proud Jesus gives hope to the spiritually sick and impoverished. Jesus gives grace to those who are broken and removes the impossible weight of keeping the law. The Gospel to the broken is a message of a savior who is rich in mercy and will forgive sinners when they repent and put their faith in Him.

Family Focus:
Read Luke 18:9-14 with your kid(s). Replace Pharisee with your name and marvel at the haughtiness that can overcome us. Then look to the humility of the tax collector and point out the difference in each one of their actions.

Questions to considered:
1)    How does Jesus treat people who are overcome with guilt of their sin?
2)    What does this phrase mean and what does it reveal, “I am sorry I got caught.”

Freddy Keiaho