Bible Exposition, Gospel of Mark, Day 1

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank You for spiritual food, the truth of Your word, and hungry hearts. Thank You that we have the benefit of reading, studying, and meditating on Your word daily. We pray Holy Spirit, that You convict, correct, reproof, teach, transform us, and train us in righteousness, in Jesus’ name, Amen.


Mark 1: 1-8, Breaking 400 Years of Silence
‘’1The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in the Prophets: ‘’ Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.”3’’ The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.’ 4 John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 5 Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And he preached, saying, “There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. 8 I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”


Introduction to Mark:
Mark is the shortest of the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The four gospels are four accounts of the same story written from four different perspectives by four different authors. Matthew presents Jesus as King of the Jews for a Jewish audience.Matthew emphasised what Jesus said. Luke presents Jesus as the PerfectMan for a Greek

audience. Luke emphasised what Jesus felt. John presents Jesus as the Son of God for everyone. John emphasised who Jesus was. Mark presents Jesus as a Suffering Servant for a Roman audience. Mark emphasised what Jesus did. He used the words, ‘and’, ‘now’ and ‘immediately’ frequently. Mark was not an apostle. The young man in Mark 14: 51 is believed to be him, ‘’A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus.When they seized him, he fled naked, leaving his garment behind’’. Although Mark was the author, it was Peter who told the story to him. According to the early church fathers, Peter led Mark to Christ and discipled him. In 1 Peter 5:13, Peter called Mark his son. In Acts 12:12-14, he was called John Mark. Mark was a cousin of Barnabas (Colossians 4:10). He traveled with Paul during his first missionary journey but he deserted Paul halfway. Before Paul’s second missionary journey, Paul quarreled with Barnabas over Mark. But Paul and Mark subsequently reconciled, according to 2 Timothy 4:11.


V1, ‘’The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.’’


Mark’s gospel did not start with any genealogy of Jesus because a servant’s genealogy was not important. The Greek word for Gospel is ‘’Evangelion’’, which means good news. This is the good news regarding Jesus Christ, the Son of God.


VV 2-3, ‘’As it is written in the Prophets: ‘’Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.” 3’’ The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord;Make His paths straight.’


Referring to John the Baptist, Mark quoted Isaiah 40:3, ‘’A voice of one calling in the wilderness prepare the way for the

LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. ’ ’ John the Baptist was only a voice, not the Word, a messenger, not the message.


VV 5-6 ‘ ’Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.’’


John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. John was a hairy rough-looking character who wore clothing of camel hair and a belt around his waist. He resembled Elijah, a hairy rough-looking character who wore a leather belt around his waist. John the Baptist was a Nazarite, Luke 1:15. He took the Nazarite wow, according to Numbers 6: 1-21. He was not allowed to cut his hair, shave his beard, go near a dead body, consume wine, vinegar, grape juice, grapes, or raisins. His diet consisted of locusts and wild honey. Some scholars believed he ate real locusts while others believed he ate carob pods, seeds of the carob tree, which is also called locust of the desert. He ate wild honey, which was the date palms, not honey derived from bees.


VV 7-8, ‘’And he preached, saying, “There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. 8 I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”


To wear the sandal strap of someone is to be his slave. John the Baptist said that he was not even worthy to be a slave to the Messiah. John the Baptist was a second cousin of Jesus because his mother Elizabeth was the first cousin of Jesus ’ mother Mary. John will baptise with water but Jesus will

baptise with the Holy Spirit. John’s baptism of repentance was to prepare for the arrival of Jesus’ baptism of the Holy Spirit.


Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank You for sending the good news of the gospel to us through the gospel writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Thank You for breaking the 400 years of silence since prophet Malachi by sending Your Son to the world asMessiah. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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