INTRODUCTION TO THE BOOK OF MARK
AUTHOR: The Apostle Mark, he is also known as John Mark and the early ancient Church widely attest that he (Mark)
is indeed the true author of this Book. He traveled first with Paul and Barnabas and later he help to aid Peter (1 Peter 5:13): According to traditions, Mark used Peter's teachings as his primary source for his own gospel, and also adding his own personal experiences as well as other Church traditions...
DATE: The actual date is uncertain, due to connections with Rome and lack of clear reference to the destruction of Jerusalem (Mark 13:2), the Gospel of Mark may be dated shortly before the fall of Jerusalem right before AD 70- many believer this is when the first four Gospels were most likely written!!!
MAJOR THEME: Jesus Christ as Servant and Sacrifice:
(1): THE SUFFERING MESSIAH:
(2): THE MESSIANIC SECRET:
BACKGROUND: Many early saints and Church leaders taught Mark's writings were for the Christian communities of Rome, which at that time were dealing with heavy persecution by Nero beginning in 64 AD- or could have been caught up in the Jewish War that led to the temple destruction in AD 70: Mark is telling the story of Yeshua (Jesus) so his readers may see and understand their own faults and sufferings, so they can look to the glorious Second Coming of our Lord and Savior!!! Mark like many apostles wrote and spoke a lot about enduring to the end in our Faith in Christ Jesus!!!
JOHN: FORERUNNER OF CHRIST SEE ALSO (MATTHEW 3:1-12; LUKE 3:1-18; JOHN 1:19-23
1:1-8: SEE AND READ NOTES FROM MATTHEW 3:1-12; LUKE 3:1-18- full summary in my video content
1:1: GOSPEL (means good news or good tidings)- it is referring to the story of the life, death and resurrection of JESUS CHRIST, the good news of our salvation: BEGINNING points to all the opening events leading into Christ's public ministry, be paved by his forerunner- St. John the Baptist, along with Christ's encounter with him!!!
1:6: JOHN IS CLOTHED: In a manner similar to Elijah (4 Kingdoms 1:8), which helps to show that he is fulfilling the prophecy of Elijah's return- (Read the article from Study Bible about John The Baptist)
JESUS BAPTIZED AND TEMPTED SEE ALSO (MATTHEW 3:13-4:11; LUKE 3:21-4:13; JOHN 1:29-34)
1:9-10: SEE NOTES ON MATTHEW 3:15-17 AND LUKE 3:21-22- full summary in my video content
1:9-11: This passage is read on January 5, the Eve of the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ: (Theophany)
1:13: SEE AND READ NOTES: Matthew 4:1-10 and Luke 4:1-13- full summary in my video content
JESUS PREACHES: REPENT AND BELIEVE SEE ALSO (MATTHEW 4:12-17; LUKE 4:14-15; JOHN 4:1-3)
1:14-15: MARK'S WRITTEN EMPHASIS ON JOHN: Being PUT IN PRISON before JESUS begins PREACHING reveals that a key purpose of the old covenant to prepare the people for Christ had been competed (Galatians 4:1-5): Once Christ came, the time of preparation was FULFILLED: TO REPENT is a total "about face": The word in Greek means to "change one's mind": Repentance is a radical change or shift of one's spirit, mind, thought and heart-Meaning we have completely given our lives to Christ we have decided to pick up our cross and follow Him!!!
THE FIRST FOUR DISCIPLES SEE ALSO (MATTHEW 4:18-22; LUKE 5:1-11)
1:16-20: ON THE CALLING OF THE FIRST DISCIPLES, SEE AND READ NOTES- MATTHEW 4:18-22- VIDEO CONTENT HAS FULL SUMARY!!!
HEALINGS IN CAPERNAUM SEE ALSO (MATTHEW 8:14-17; LUKE 4:31-41)
1:21: THE WORD IMMEDAITELY: Occurs forty times in the Book of Mark, and the word is used nearly in all of them before our Lord's entrance into Jerusalem: The urgency and purpose of Christ as He journeyed towards Jerusalem to fulfill His mission of redeeming the world helps to Mark's accounts not only the shortest but the most direct of the four gospels!!!
1:21-39: SEE AND READ NOTES FOR LUKE 4:31-43- VIDEO CONTENT FOR FULL SUMMARY
1:34: HE DID NOT ALLOW THE DEMONS TO SPEAK, BECAUSE THEY KNEW HIM: SEE AND READ NOTES AT MATTHEW 12:16-21: VIDEO CONTENT FOR FULL SUMMARY
TOUR OF GALILEE SEE ALSO (MATTHEW 4:23-25; LUKE 4:42-44)
1:35: JESUS SETS FORTH: An example of spiritual life- God Incarnate, HE PRAYED continually often finding a SOLITARY PLACE to be free from distraction even though many in the crowds needed Him: Our Lord's ministry comes from His communion with the Father and the Holy Spirit and flows to people in their needs: His praying IN THE MORNING teaches us that God is our first priority, and then we will be equipped to serve others!!!
UNCLEANNESS CLEASNED: A LEPER SEE ALSO (MARK 8:1-4; LUKE 5:12-16)
1:40-45: CLEANSING OF THE LEPER- SEE AND READ NOTES- (MATTHEW 8:1-4 AND LUKE 5:12-16)- SEE VIDEO CONTENT FOR FULL SUMMARY!!!
-Tomorrow will be both Mark 2 & 3- Study and Breakdown
-Tomorrow's closing message- will be about Prayer
MESSAGE ABOUT POWER
1 Corinthians 4:18-20
18 Now some are [a]puffed up, as though I were not coming to you. 19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills, and I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power. 20 For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.
-Paul visited Corinth to face those who who prejudged him to see if any power truly lies behind the word: Our Citizenship in the Kingdom of God which consists in all true believers and followers of Yeshua, does not and will not consist to something as in mere talk, but instead a manifestation of spirit in the growing life of grace in Christ Jesus!!! Our power is in our growth and we must lead by example action not just piety talk and phrases!!!
JPCE SPIRITUAL TALK
NEVER HOLD BACK
THE LORD IS SHEPHERD