Read thru the New Testament-February 16

Mark 1:1-22

Mk. 1:1-18-Mark begins by telling about the ministry of John the Baptist.  His message was one of repentance for sin…that was visually portrayed by the act of baptism.  This repentance was based on belief in the coming of the One who would baptize with the Holy Spirit.  They were being “baptized”.  The Greek word means:

 “to immerse, tosubmerge, to cleanse by dipping or submerging, to wash, to make cleanwith water, to wash one’s self, bathe”

(http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G907&t=NASB).

Mk.1:9-11-When Jesus was baptized by John it was not as an act of repentance, but of righteousness (3:15). After Jesus was baptized a dove descended upon Him and God the Father spoke from Heaven.  This is the first recorded expression of the concept of the Trinity…that the Son, the Spirit, and the Father are one God…who exist in three distinct personalities.

Mk. 1:12-13-The temptation of Jesus (cf. Matt. 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13).

Mk.1:14-Between the temptation of Jesus (:12-13) and the imprisonment of John the Baptist (:14)…the events of John 1:19-4:54 took place.  Mark explains why John was imprisoned in 6:17-20.

Mk. 1:14-15-Jesus now goes to Galilee and begins to preach. His message was: 1.-The time is fulfilled (the time that the prophets had predicted); 2.-the kingdom of God is at hand (He was in their midst); 3.-repent (of sin); 4.-believe in the gospel (“gospel” literally means “the good news, the glad tidings of salvation through Christ”).

Mark 1:16-20-As Jesus is walking along the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee He saw Simon and his brother, Andrew…they were fisherman. Jesus told them to, “Follow Me, and I will make you into fishers of men.”  They immediately did so.  Further along, they came upon James and his brother John (sons of Zebedee)…they too were fisherman.  They left their father and followed Jesus.

Mk. 1:21-22-Jesus and His four disciples now go to Capernaum…situated on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee.  It was an important town because: it was on the caravan road to Damascus, it had a customs station (2:14), it had a Roman garrison, and it was the home of Peter, Andrew, James and John.  On the Sabbath Jesus went to the synagogue and taught.  The people were amazed at His teaching because, “He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes”. The authority of His teaching was from Himself…whereas the scribes appealed to other scribes and sources for their authority.

Prayer: Lord, I don’t ever want to live without Your power…whether it be seen through miracles of healing, or whether it be the power of Your Holy Spirit working in the hearts of people.  But please, Lord…anoint me with Your power, for Your glory!

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