Mark (Page 2)

Mark (Page 2)

Mark 7 | Jesus and Political Allegiances

Jesus’ ministry took place during a time of great socio-political turmoil. Rome occupied Palestine and the local rulers were proud, self-aggrandizing, rash and conflicted people. Other local rulers were completely misled, thinking they could force changes on a nation from the outside, without altering the hearts of the people. Some things never change. Chapters six and seven of the gospel of Mark reveal powerful truths to us. In the midst of the social and political madness of his day, common…

Mark 6 | Don’t Be Hangry, Trust in God

When I was a child living in Wyoming, my family went through a particularly hard time. My dad was a pastor of a small church that had recently grown smaller because he had refused to compromise on preaching truth. Needless to say, during this season our finances were virtually nonexistent and our cupboards were bare. We had two pot pies left in the bottom of the freezer and my mom cooked them for my brother and I. We were so…

Mark 5 | Healer of Body & Soul

“But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” Mark 5:33-34 Several months ago, I read the book Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar as a part of TCC’s historical fiction book club (which I highly recommend, Rebekah knows her stuff and always recommends a…

Mark 4 | Listen and Hear!

…while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge.He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said:“Listen!…” (Mark 4:1-3) In Mark 4, Jesus was no longer using the orthodox method of teaching in the Synagogue. He had moved his arena into the open air by the lakeside placing him among the crowds of ordinary men and women. Standing in a boat facing the shore, the gentle rise of the land gave the effect of…

Mark 3 | Sabbath Seriously

The Gospel of Mark is like an action movie. It records the events of Jesus’ ministry in scene after scene using words like “immediately” or “at once, without delay.” It can be a challenge to keep up with all that is happening. For example, in this chapter, we have five scenes involving Jesus interacting with hundreds (or thousands) of people. We see a man, a group of religious leaders, a large crowd, the twelve, another large crowd, and Jesus’ own…

Mark 2 | Traditions Die Hard

Our reading today takes us through the second chapter of the Gospel of Mark. This chapter records the growing hostility between the Son of God and the Jewish religious leaders who opposed Him. We are often critical of these leaders for their resistance to Jesus’ ministry and we should be. But it is helpful to first have a little background to help understand why these men were so opposed to His ministry. By the time Jesus came to Israel the…

Mark 3 | Breaking With Tradition

Our focus in today’s reading of Mark 3 is on verses 1-6 – the healing of “a man with a withered hand”. This is the last in a series of five stories that extends from Mark 2.1-3-6, all designed to demonstrate Jesus’ authority: He teaches with authority (1.22, 27), commands obedience from demonic powers (1.28), forgives sins (2.1-12), eats with the “riff-raff” tax collectors and sinners (2.13-17), ignores religious expectations about fasting (2.18-22), and side-steps respected Jewish tradition regarding healing…
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