September 7th

Mark 1-2

  • Mark’s gospel moves much more quickly than any of the others. It is believed that it was the first gospel written around 70 AD. It was most likely written quickly because Christians were being badly persecuted during this time and the writer was just needing to get an account down.
  • 1:2-4 – John the Baptist fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy about a precursor to Jesus who would prepare the way for him beginning some of his messages, particularly baptism and forgiveness of sins.
  • 1:8 – Before John, there is not a lot of mention of the Holy Spirit.
  • 1:9 – Note that Jesus appears in Mark as an adult. He tells nothing of his birth, childhood, or preparation for ministry.
  • 1:11 – A powerful message from God to think about when people are baptized.
  • 1:24 – Interesting that an unclean spirit is the first to recognize Jesus for who he is.
  • 1:34 – Begin to notice the frequency with which Jesus commands people and spirits alike not to tell of what he’s done or reveal his identity.
  • 1:35 – Jesus frequently secludes himself and prays.
  • 2:17 – Jesus came for sinners and the broken.
  • 2:21-22 – New cloth and wineskins represent the new law through Jesus. The old law has been fulfilled through Christ.
  • 2:23-28 – The religious leaders were concerned with the law and Jesus was more concerned with the intention behind the law.

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