September 13th

Mark 13-14

  • 13:11 – An example of how God provides exactly what we need.
  • 13:32 – Many people and groups try to predict when Jesus will come back, but none should be trusted because no one knows.
  • 14:3-9 – This story is also found in Matthew. One significant addition to Mark’s version is in Jesus’ response to the naysayers. He says, “whenever you want, you can do good for them.” It seems to suggest that they denounce this woman for not tending to the poor and yet they don’t either.
  • 14:36 – A great example of how we should pray. We present all our requests to God, but always have an attitude of submitting to His will.
  • 14:38 – Jesus’ words, “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” is true of us in a number of temptations we face. We intend to do God’s will and honor him, but often our ability to withstand it is too weak.
  • 14:51-52 – The mention of this young man is found nowhere else in the Bible and has very little explanation.
  • 14:61-63 – This is the first time Jesus openly calls himself the Son of God. He normally followed people’s questions about his identity with a question. The chief priests believed this gave them grounds to charge him with blasphemy.
  • 14:66-72 – Peter was convinced he would never deny Jesus. His denial and the fulfillment of what Jesus said gives Peter great grief.

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