Mark - Who do you say I am? Read Mark 8:27-9:17 The lesson Jesus taught the disciples (as we saw in our last study) was to trust Him fully. Their ears at first failed to hear, and their eyes failed to see (Mark 8:18). The healing of the blind man at Bethsiada was a real … Continue reading Mark – Who do you say I am?
Mark - How many loaves to you have? (We are not trying to answer all the questions in Mark. But before we move on to the next study it is important to remark something on two more questions: 1. Mark 4:38: The disciples asked Jesus: “Teacher, don’t You care if we drown?” This question follows … Continue reading Mark – How many loaves to you have?
Mark - What parable shall describe the Kingdom of God? Read Mark 4:1-34 It is not before Mark 3:23 that Mark introduced a parable of Jesus Christ. The purpose of the parables in Mark 4:1-34 is to teach us about the purpose of Gospel and how it brings about growth. (See text box below.) Mark … Continue reading Mark – What parable shall describe the Kingdom of God?
Mark - Who are my brothers? Read Mark 3:13-35 The paragraph of verses 13-19 tells of the people our Lord called to be his apostles. This happened on a mountainside (where the Sermon on the Mount was preached?) - it was done publicly, not in secret. Not all of the original manuscripts of the Greek … Continue reading Mark – Who are my brothers?
Mark - Why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath? Read Mark 2:18-3-6 It is clear that the Scribes and the Pharisees found much of Jesus’ ministry upsetting. Much of what Mark recorded happened on a Sabbath - a day to which the Pharisees added extra laws to make sure it was kept … Continue reading Mark – Why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?
Mark - Have You come to destroy us? The scene in this part of the Gospel of Mark is Capernaum, in the district of Galilee. Read Isaiah 9:1-2 and Matthew 4:15-16. What do these verse tell us about those living in Galilee? Capernaum means “the house (or, town) of Nahum”; however, the identity of … Continue reading Mark – Have You come to destroy us?
Silent years For about 400 years between the Old Testament and New Testaments God did not speak to the Jewish people through prophets, other than the prophecies given to Daniel, Zachariah, Malachi and others who still needed fulfilment. The Babylonians came to power in 626B.C., and in 605B.C. at the battle of Carchimesh defeated Egypt. … Continue reading Mark – the silent years between the Old and New Testament
It is impossible for us to face Christ’s cross with integrity and not to feel ashamed of ourselves. Apathy, selfishness and complacency blossom everywhere in the world except at the cross. There these noxious weeds shrivel and die. They are seen for the tatty, poisonous things they are. For if there was no way by … Continue reading The Cross and our shame
Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us (leading us to faith and worship), we have to see is as something son by us (leading us to repentance). Indeed, 'only the man who is prepared to own his share in the guild of the cross may claim his share in … Continue reading The cross and us
In his book, An Anthropologist on Mars, neurologist Oliver Sacks tells about Virgil, a man who had been blind from early childhood. When he was 50, Virgil underwent surgery and was given the gift of sight. But having the physical capacity for sight is not the same as seeing. Virgil's first experiences with sight were … Continue reading Born of the Holy Spirit