A Two-Stage Healing

Let see what happens in Mark 8:22-26. So far this feels very similar to the previous deaf healing. People bring Jesus a deaf man, and Jesus takes the guy away from the crowds to do it and spits and touches him with it. In that healing story, I mentioned how saliva was widely believed to…

The Yeast of the Pharisees and Herod

Today we talk about bread, sort of, in Mark 8:14-21. So, for the millionth time, Jesus and the disciples get in a boat to cross the Sea of Galilee. And someone forgot to pack the snacks. Rude. Just one loaf for all the disciples and Jesus! What are they gonna do!?… wait. “Watch out! Beware…

The Demand for a Sign

Let’s continue with a short story in Mark 8:11-13. So, Jesus just did some more food cloning, and the Pharisees popped out wanting a sign from heaven? What do you call the food cloning, guys? Also, doesn’t it feel like in the story that Jesus specifically crossed the sea just to have this little encounter?…

The Feeding of the Four Thousand

Is anyone else getting deja vu all of a sudden? Let’s check out Mark 8: 1-10, and figure out what more Mark is trying to tell us. So, Jesus has compassion for another group of hungry people. That sounds like him. The first thing I notice, besides the similarity to the previous story, is the…

Healing a Deaf-Mute?

And poof, Jesus travels back from Tyre by way of Sidon, in Mark 7:31-37. Which makes no sense. See this map: As you can see, if Jesus were near Tyre and he wanted to get back to Galilee, he would travel that minor road east, down, and around. To travel through Sidon would give him…

A Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith

From tradition to defilement to… A Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith. Jesus, apparently, decided to take a loooong journey on foot to the area of Tyre. If you look closely at the photo below, the sea of Galilee can be seen, the border of which Jesus has been frequenting this whole time. It lies on the line…

Defilement From Within

We continue Mark’s revelation of Jesus’ Word in Mark 7:14-23. “There is nothing outside of a person that can defile him by going into him.” “For it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and then goes out into the sewer.” You know what this means? There is no unclean food. – This is…

Tradition is Not Always Right

Having firmly established that Jesus is the prophesied Messiah in chapters 1-6, Mark finally begins the task of teaching us the Word! I’m excited! Are you excited? We being with Mark 7: 1-13. It starts with the experts in the law once again asking Jesus why he does things differently. His disciples don’t ritually wash…

The Purposeful Message of Mark v. 2

I promised to reveal what I have found, and I plan to now, so sit down and prepare to understand the Purposeful Message of Mark. In volume one of this title, I discussed how everything Mark had been writing revolved around Jesus’ authority, and that remains true, however, there was a shift after Jesus sent…

Reading Scripture: Mark: 53-56

Mark Chapter 6 is finally ending with Jesus Healing the Sick! And right off the bat, we continue with the confusion about where exactly they were and are. So, before, they were crossing the sea to Bethsaida which is supposedly located on the northeastern shore, but now that they have arrived they are south of…

Reading Scripture: Mark 6: 45-52

This story of Jesus walking on water makes me wonder if he would be able to enjoy slip-and-slides. There are a few strange things about this opening sentence. First of all, no one is quite sure where Bethsaida is, or if there were one or two towns because there are some contradictions and confusion over…

Reading Scripture: Mark 6: 30-44

Whew, another long tale when Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand. So, random side story aside, this is a logical place to continue from verse 13. Jesus sent them out, and they came back and wanted to talk about what they had done. Apparently, Jesus’ building was a busy place, his popularity haveing grown greatly because…