What to Expect – Week 7

No, a different Mark.

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I’m not sure this is where the phrase originates, but it seems that “the devil is in the details” is appropriate when reading the explicit instructions for creating the tabernacle. Often we want to follow God, but we prefer to cut corners and take the easier route or the convenient option. But God values our obedience – even in the smallest of details.

Another major happening this week is we’re beginning a new gospel – Mark!! Woohoo!! Bring it! Mark is the shortest of the four gospels and is believed to have been the first one written. You’ll notice that Mark leaves out a lot of details and descriptors the others include. Mark was most likely writing this hurriedly around 70 A.D. when Jerusalem, and specifically the temple, were being destroyed by the Romans. Mark had to quickly get an account of Jesus’ life out there so his words and actions would not be forgotten.

Here are a couple of things to watch for in Mark:

  • There is no birth narrative – Jesus comes on the scene as an adult. Case and point: some major details are omitted.
  • There is a heavy emphasis on miracles – look for series’ of miracles one right after another. Mark believed this aspect of Jesus would be significant to his hearers.
  • There is also a heavy emphasis on Jesus’ interactions with the demonic. Mark puts a heavier emphasis here than other gospels.
  • Mark, like Matthew, puts a heavy emphasis on Jesus’ struggles with religious leaders.
  • Mark emphasizes how dense the disciples are in picking up what Jesus is putting down. They continually “don’t get it”.

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