Mark 1, continued:

Jesus calls disciples and appoints the twelve

  • Mark 1:16-20; 2:13-14; 3:13-21
  • When Jesus appointed the twelve, there appear to have been others there with Him, which was important when a replacement was needed for Judas. The requirement for a man to be appointed an apostle was that he had been with them the entire time (Acts 1:21-26).
Apostle Cause of death (most from history - ?)
Simon Peter Crucified upside down
Andrew, Peter’s brother Crucified
James, son of Zebedee Beheaded by Herod Agrippa I (Acts 12:2)
John, son of Zebedee Exiled, died of old age
Matthew Beaten, then crucified
Bartholomew Crucified
Philip Speared to death
Thomas Crucified
Simon, the zealot Stoned to death
James, son of Alphaeus Stoned to death
Judas Iscariot Suicide by hanging (Matthew 27:5)
Matthias (replaced Judas) Stoned or died of old age (???)
Paul (selected by Jesus) Killed by Nero (II Timothy 4:6)
  • Mark 6:7-13 – The apostles were sent out in pairs, given power over unclean spirits, and told not to take money or supplies with them. Note that miracles were secondary to teaching! Miracles could not and cannot save! Romans 1:16; Acts 11:14; James 1:21
  • Mark 1:21-28 – Jesus taught as one having authority. Even the unclean spirits obeyed Him. He told the unclean spirits not to tell people who He was, possibly to avoid endorsements from disreputable sources.
  • Mark 1:35-39 – Jesus came to teach.

Mark 2

  • Mark 2:1-12 – Jesus forgives a man’s sins who was brought to Him for healing.
  • Mark 2:18-22 – There was a right time and place for fasting.
  • Mark 2:23-28 – The Sabbath was made for man!

Mark 3

  • Mark 3:1-6 – Jesus is grieved at their hard hearts when they try to trap Him with regard to the Sabbath.