Reading Scripture: Mark 4:10-20

Today we learn the purpose of parables in Mark 4:10-20. I love how different even the smallest perceptions are between those who wrote the bible and modern day readers. “When he was alone, those around him with the twelve…” I don’t know about you all, but if I’m with 12+ individuals, I am in no…

Reading Scripture: Mark 4: 1-9

And let the parables commence in Mark 4: 1-9. I am definitely starting to notice a pattern with the way Mark has written this gospel. Almost everything for the first three chapters dealt directly with the authority Jesus possessed. Whether it be the authority to speak about scripture, the authority to heal the sick, or…

Reading Scripture: Mark 3: 31-35

Today we get to read about Jesus’ true family! Jesus had siblings! Brothers specifically in this case, but the odds of all of his siblings being male as opposed to the odds of the patriarchal society not mentioning sisters suggests he likely had sisters but they weren’t mentioned. One big family! The same family that…

Reading Scripture: Mark 3: 20-30

Jesus, the loon, and shame of his family in Mark 3: 20-30. I can imagine a similar scenario recently after a young man has become a hit pop-star. He tries to go home, but all of the locals know he’s home and all of the screaming fans are outside disrupting an attempt at normal family…

Reading Scripture: Mark 3:13-19

Let us all head up a mountain to appoint some apostles in Mark 3: 13-19. For the most part, this is entirely informative, seemingly bereft of deeper meaning other than to tell us who the twelve disciples of Jesus were. There has been much written about the nature of Jesus’ calling, how this is the…

Reading Scripture: Mark 3: 7-12

Today we get to learn about the crowds who came to Jesus in Mark 3: 7-12. Jesus goes back to the sea. One might wonder why Jesus keeps going back to the sea. Well, the answer is a very busy and popular trade route in Israel called the Via Maris (the way of the sea)….

Reading Scripture: Mark 3: 1-6

Today’s story is entitled Healing a Withered Hand. More Sabbath talk, let’s see where this takes us. I guess that Jesus, in the previous section, was walking through a field on his way to synagogue on Friday evening. There just happened to be a guy with a withered hand there. To my knowledge, Jews did…

Reading Scripture: Lord of the Sabbath

I hope you all are finding the end of the week a welcome break. Let us read what Jesus says about the law and the Sabbath in Mark 2: 23-28. As we saw in the last post, my systematic theology doesn’t give magic answers to all of scripture. However, like today’s scripture, sometimes it fits…

Reading Scripture: Mark 2: 18-22

What will we encounter today in Mark 2: 18-22? Verse 18: It is important to note that Jews fasted a lot. Particularly zealous Jews, like the Pharisees, would have fasted twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. So, it wouldn’t have taken long for people to notice that Jesus’ disciples weren’t fasting. I also want…

Reading Scripture: Mark 2: 13-17

Back to our regularly scheduled scripture reading: Mark 2:13-17. Verse 13: We can assume the sea here is referencing the Sea of Galilee as described earlier. One must ask how a crowd can come to someone at sea. The assumptions have been that he stood in a boat in the water near the shore. However,…

The Good News of Jesus Christ

With the prompting of Mark 2:5 and the support of Mark 2:10 I will now explain to you my understanding of the good news of Jesus Christ. The phrase, “Your sins are forgiven,” is a very powerful one. Reasonable, we can infer from this that sin could be forgiven before the death of Jesus. This…

Reading Scripture: Mark 2: 1-12

A big chunk of text today, so let’s get down to it. Mark 2: 1-12. Interesting note for verse one, that Jesus was considered “at home” in Capernaum, despite being Jesus of Nazareth. I wonder where he actually lived? “So many gathered.” If we reference earlier verses, we can see that the whole town was…