Mark, Part 21

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 13, 2014

 

  • Mark 16:14-20
  • Mark 16:17-18 – See also Hebrews 2:1-4. The context here indicates that the sense is that they would be protected from certain things, including poisonous animals. It was not instructing them to go out and handle snakes or drink poison to demonstrate their faith. It covered situations like Acts 28:3-5.
  • Review of the miracles of Jesus as recorded in Mark. At least 26 different occasions are recorded in which Jesus performed miracles.

 

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 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 4

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 2, 2014

 

  • Mark 3:1-12 – Jesus heals many and crowds throng Him.
  • Mark 3:13-19 – Jesus selects twelve apostles.
  • Mark 3:15 – Note that it doesn’t say anything here about Jesus asking the Father to give them power to cast our demons. Jesus himself gave them the power because He had the power. Some attempt to deny this in denying the deity of Christ.
  • Mark 3:20-30 – The scribes arrive to accuse Jesus of casting out demons by the power of Satan. Jesus refutes this thinking with parables and common sense. The scribes could not deny that Jesus was working miracles, so they took the only option they had left, which was to undermine the source of His power. It is this blasphemy against the Holy Spirit that Jesus was speaking against in Mark 3:29. See also John 5:14-15; Luke 12:10; Matthew 13:21.
  • Mark 3:31-35 – Jesus asserts that His true family is spiritual.
  • Mark 4:1-9 – The parable of the sower and soils.

 

Mark, Part 3

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 23, 2014

 

  • Mark 2:1-13 – Jesus heals the paralytic.
  • Mark 2:13-17 – Matthew is called.
  • Mark 2:18-22 – Many people understand this passage backwards. Jesus is saying that it is inappropriate to patch the new law onto the old law. See Luke 5:36-39. It was just as absurdly inappropriate for Jesus’ disciples to fast while He was with them as it would be for new wine to be put in old wineskins.
  • Mark 2:23-28 – See I Samuel 21:1. The law of the Sabbath was secondary to other laws. The Pharisees were trying to confuse the priorities here in order to trip up Jesus. They attempt the same thing again in Mark 3:1-5.
  • Mark 3:1-5 – Jesus heals a man on the Sabbath.

Mark, Part 2

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 16, 2014

 

  • Mark 1:8 – Baptism in the Holy Spirit meant being clothed with power to teach and demonstrate the authority of the teaching.
    • Acts 1:4-5; Luke 24:46; 2:1
  • Mark 1:15 – These people already believed in God, so they simply needed to repent and believe in the new teaching of Jesus. This does not mean, as some teach, that repentance comes before belief.
  • Mark 1:27 – This is the first of about 26 miracles recorded in the book of Mark. See John 20:30-31.
  • Mark 1:35 – Jesus started His day in prayer to the Father. There is no better way for us to start our day.
  • Mark 1:34 – Miracles and unclean spirits have now ceased. Zechariah 13:2