Mark, Part 14

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 18, 2014

 

  • Mark 12:1-12 – Parable of the vine-growers
  • Mark 12:13-17 – The Pharisees and Herodians question Jesus about paying taxes to Caesar
  • Mark 12:18-27 – The Sadducees question Jesus about marriage in the afterlife
  • Mark 12:28-34 – The scribes question Jesus about the greatest commandment
  • Mark 12:35-37 – Jesus is more than just the son of David – He is deity.

 

Mark, Part 13

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 11, 2014

 

  • Mark 11:15-12:12
  • Mark 11:15-26 – Jesus drives merchants from the temple.
    • Mark 11:20 – This was another of Jesus’ miracles. The fig tree would not be dried up from the roots after such a short time (see Mark 11:13-14) without divine intervention.
    • Mark 11:17 – Jesus was upset about two things: selling animals inside the temple and charging exorbitant prices for those animals. They were taking advantage of those who traveled long distances and had to buy animals on the spot for sacrifices.
  • Mark 11:27-33 – Jesus’ authority is questioned in the temple.
    • Mark 11:29 – See Proverbs 26:4-5.
  • Mark 12:1-12 – Parable of the vine-growers.
    • Mark 12:10-11 – See Psalm 118:22-23.

 

Mark, Part 12

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 4, 2014

 

  • Mark 10:28-31 – Following Jesus is more important than earthly possessions or relationships.
    • Mark 10:29 – Some translations include “wife” in this list, which may imply that if a man was in such a state that he could not keep his wife and serve God, he would have to choose God over his wife. Footnotes seem to indicate that “wife” is present in some manuscripts and not others.
  • Mark 10:32-41 – James and John ask for places of prestige. They were still looking for Jesus to establish an earthly kingdom.
  • Mark 10:42-45 – Whoever wishes to be the greatest should be a servant.
  • Mark 10:46-52 – Jesus heals a blind man. Matthew’s account (Matthew 20:29-34) records that there were two blind men. This is not a contradiction – Matthew just records additional detail about the second blind man. The blind man had apparently heard much about Jesus in order to develop the great faith that he demonstrated here.
    • Mark’s account emphasizes miracles as proof that Jesus is the Son of God. Matthew’s account emphasizes that Jesus fulfilled prophecy.
  • Mark 11:1-10 – Jesus enters Jerusalem to great praise from the crowds.
  • Mark 11:11-14 – Jesus curses a fig tree.

 

Mark, Part 11

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 27, 2014

 

  • Mark 10:1-27
  • Mark 10:1-12 – God’s marriage law
    • Luke 16:18; Matthew 19:3-12; Romans 7:2
    • Mark 10:11-12 – See Colossians 3:5-7. Some claim that is it not possible to live in sin, so only the first act in the new marriage is a sin but further life in that marriage is not sin. The passage in Colossians shows that it is possible to live in sin, invalidating this line of reasoning.
    • I Corinthians 6:15-16 – This passage illustrates how the Bible uses “one flesh.”
  • Mark 10:17-22 – Materialism
    • Mark 10:18 – Jesus could be deflecting praise to God or (as Jesse Jenkins believes), Jesus is asking the man if he really believes that Jesus is God.
    • Mark 10:22 – One does not have to have great possessions for them to be a god to him.

Mark, Part 10

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 13, 2014

 

  • Mark 9:49 – Everyone will face temptation and sin.
  • Mark 9:50 – We are to be properly seasoned as sacrifices to God.

 

Mark, Part 9

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 6, 2014

 

  • Mark 8:38 – We must never let ourselves be ashamed of Jesus. See also I Thessalonians 4:13-18.
  • Mark 9:1 – This should really be Mark 8:39. Putting a chapter division before this verse does not make sense.
    • This verse shows conclusively that the kingdom of God has already come. See Acts 2:30-36.
  • Mark 9:2-3 – Jesus is transfigured.
  • Mark 9:4-8 – Moses and Elijah appear to speak with Jesus.
  • Mark 9:29 – This could mean that the disciples had not properly dedicated themselves with prayer and fasting before attempting to cast this demon out.

 

Mark, Part 8

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Mark, Part 7

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By Tim Stringer

Benchley, March 23, 2014

 

  • Mark 6:30-44 – Jesus feeds five thousand men.
  • Mark 6:45-52 – Jesus walks on the water. See also Matthew 14:22-33; John 6:15-25.
  • Mark 6:53-56 – Jesus heals many at Gennesaret.
  • Mark 7:1-13 – Jesus rebukes the scribes and Pharisees for setting their tradition above God’s law.
    • Mark 7:11-13 – Many attempt to do the same thing today by trying to just contribute money for a cause rather than getting out and doing the work themselves.
  • Mark 7:14-23 – It’s not eating food that defiles a man – it’s what comes out of the heart.
  • Mark 7:24-30 – Jesus casts the demon out of the Syrophoenician woman’s daughter.

 

Mark, Part 6

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By Tim Stringer

Benchley, March 16, 2014

 

  • Mark 5:1-20 – Some argue that there is a discrepancy here because the parallel passage in Matthew 8:28-34 refers to two men. It is probably the case that Matthew is simply recording more information by noticing the second man.
  • Mark 5:21-34 – Jesus heals a woman who touches His garment.
  • Mark 5:35-43 – Jesus heals Jairus’ daughter.
  • Mark 6:1-6 – Jesus teaches in Nazareth, but is not honored as He is elsewhere.
    • Mark 6:3 – Note that Jesus had three brothers and at least two sisters. This directly contradicts the teaching of some who argue that Mary was a perpetual virgin.
  • Mark 6:7-13 – Jesus sends the twelve out to teach.
    • Mark 6:8-9 – God will provide! Jesus expected the twelve to have faith that God would provide for them.
  • Mark 6:14-29 – Herod executes John.
    • Mark 6:26 – Herod has to deal with the consequences of a rash oath. He should have repented of the oath rather than follow through with it.

 

Mark, Part 5

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By Tim Stringer

Benchley, March 9, 2014

 

  • Mark 4:1-20 – Parable of the sower and soils
  • Mark 4:21-25 – We are the light of the world.
  • Mark 4:26-29 – Parable of the seed.
  • Mark 4:30-32 – Parable of the mustard seed.
  • Mark 4:33-34 – Jesus privately explained His parables to the disciples.
  • Mark 4:35-41 – Jesus displays control over the weather.