Jesus’ Anointing

We have just been introduced into the final tale of Jesus’ betrayal. What awaits us in Mark 14:3-9? The tale begins in the house of Simon the Leper is the suburb of Bethany. Jesus was lounging at the table, back then people laid down to eat. Sounds difficult when I think about it, but probably […]

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The Plot Against Jesus

Huzzah! We have survived Mark’s collection of end times predictions! Now, it’s time to begin the final section in Mark 14:1-2. As I’ve laid out in previous blogs, the purposeful message of Mark leads us from the divine authority of Jesus to the revelation that he is the prophesied Messiah. What followed then, from chapter’s […]

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The Parable of the Fig Tree

Here we are, back to the fig tree again. Perhaps, fig tree to fig tree is meant as a single body of work for Mark, whereby he presents everything he remembers that Jesus said about the end times. The wrap up of this segment, then, begins here in Mark 13:28-37. Learn this lesson from the […]

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The Arrival of the Son of Man

This next section, Mark 13:24-27 seems to continue the collection of end times related material that Mark put in chapter 13. Just as he collected authority material before. In those days, according to my interpretation, after the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem by the Romans. “The sun will be darkened and the moon will […]

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The Abomination of Desolation

As I discussed in my last post, the previous story seems out of place, because as we see in Mark 13:14-23, there is a continuation of the discussion of the end times. First and most obvious question, “what the heck is the abomination of desolation?” This is a reference to Daniel 9, whereby Daniel is […]

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Persecution of Disciples

In the last story, Jesus told his disciples that it would be a long time yet before the end days. However, what should they do in the meantime? That’s what this next part, Mark 13:9-13, is about. “You should be careful out there. You will be handed over to the local Jewish authorities and beaten. […]

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Signs of the End of the Age

So, Jesus has been criticizing the religious authorities of his day for their hypocritical practices, and just ended with the prediction that the temple buildings would be destroyed. Naturally, his disciples are curious about this prophecy, and the first question they have, in Mark 13:3-8 is, “When will these things happen? And what will be […]

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