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Parables of the Kingdom - Mark A farmer went out to sow his seed - Mark But to those on the outside everything is said in parables - Mark The farmer sows the word - Mark Whoever has will be given more - Mark A man scatters seed on the ground - Mark It is like a mustard seed - Mark The Parables of Jesus - Mark Jesus' Kingdom Ministry: Decapolis - Mark Even the wind and the waves obey him - Mark The region of the Gerasenes - Mark Legion - Mark Jesus' Kingdom Ministry: Galilee - Mark Jairus, one of the synagogue rulers - Mark A woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years - Mark Your daughter is dead - Mark The fig tree you cursed has withered!

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What 'the Gospel' Is. Glad Tidings. The Ministry of John the Baptist. Christ Entering Jerusalem. Honouring Christ. The Triumphal Entry. Christ in the House. Christly Influence in the Home. Family Worship. How Christ Enters the House. It was Noised that He was in the House. Jesus in the House: Piety At Home. Piety in the House Proved by Virtue in the Children. The General Ministry of Christ. The King and His Court. Jesus' Baptism Tells The Story. Sands of Pleasure. God's Great Work.

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Getting Rid of a Demon. Lord, I Believe. Go in peace. You are free from your illness. People would avoid her, so she would be lonely. She had tried to get help from doctors. But they had not been able to cure her. All her money had gone and her illness was worse. Verses It would have been difficult for her to ask Jesus for help in public. She did not want to touch Jesus himself. So she touched the edge of his clothing. Verse 30 Jesus knew that someone had touched him in a special way. When he cured people, Jesus felt some power go from him to them. Verses Jesus insisted on finding out who had touched him.

The illness might not have ended completely. Verse 33 Perhaps the woman was afraid that Jesus would be angry with her. She believed that Jesus was able to cure people. But she did not know his love. To speak about what had happened to her would be difficult in front of so many people. This was a kind word. She belonged with all the other people who believed in Jesus, and in God as their Father.

It was not some kind of magic in the edge of his clothing. Then, the woman knew that her illness had gone completely. Other people could accept her again. She had told Jesus everything. So she could also go and not feel guilty. Just believe. There, Jesus saw a lot of confusion. People were making loud crying and weeping noises. The child is not dead. She is only sleeping. But Jesus made them all go outside.

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He went to where the child was. She was 12 years old. They were completely astonished. They must not tell anyone what had happened. And he told the parents to give her something to eat. But Jesus told him to believe that all would be well. Verse 38 It was usual for people to cry in a very noisy way after someone had died. There were people whom the family paid to weep over the body. The family would not have respected the dead person if they did not pay people to weep. Verse 39 Some people think that the girl was only unconscious. He did so, when Lazarus had died John Verse 40 They laughed at Jesus.

This also helps to show that the girl was dead. Jesus sent away all those people who would disturb and frighten the girl. Verse 41 Jesus called the girl as her mother might have done to wake her in the morning. Peter, who was there, remembered the actual words of Jesus.

Peter used similar words and actions in Acts Then, a dead woman came back to life by the power of Jesus, which was working by Peter. Something to eat would give the girl strength after her illness. The parents needed something to do in order to bring life back to normal for themselves and their daughter. He ordered them not to tell anyone. They must now give all their attention to their daughter.

This would also protect her from too much attention from crowds that might have gathered near the house. In all four incidents, he removed fear and, with only a brief order, he gave peace immediately. Many people who heard him were astonished. What is this wisdom that he has received? His sisters live here among us. He was only able to lay his hands on a few sick people and cure them. Then Jesus went out from village to village and he was teaching the people. Verse 1 Jesus went from Capernaum to his home town, Nazareth.

He was not just on a private visit to his family. So he went in order to teach. Verses The people in Nazareth recognised that he was wise. It means more than someone who worked with wood. God, when he came to earth, became a real human person. He worked with his hands, as most people did. But Jesus had worked among them. So the people thought that he could not be anyone special. They do not refer to Joseph, so he had probably already died. He became a leader of the Christians in Jerusalem. The people may have been jealous of Jesus. They also thought that God could not work in a special way by means of someone like him.

That was because they knew him. Jesus reminded them about that. Even now, it may be difficult to accept as important someone who is familiar. This does not mean that he had no power. But not even Jesus could help people who were not willing to trust and obey him. Verse 6 The people refused to believe that Jesus came from God. Jesus was astonished about that. Their prejudice prevented them from accepting his invitation. He began to send them out in pairs. Stay there until you leave the place. Then, when you leave, shake the dust from your feet. That will be evidence against them.

They could help each other, especially when people would not listen to them. Verse 8 They had to trust God for all that they needed. It might mean a bag to collect money in. They should not take any money with them. People made a pocket by pulling up their clothing over their belt. And they kept their money in that. Verse 10 It was a duty for people to invite strangers into their homes. But they must not waste time by moving from house to house. They must give all their attention to the people in the place where they were guests.

They must not move to a place where there might be better food or more comfort. Verse 11 They must not waste their time on people who would not give them a welcome. It was not their fault if anyone refused to believe their message. Verse 13 They also helped people to become well in mind and body. People used oil to cure an injury. James tells the leaders of a Christian church to pray for a sick person. He tells them to put oil on the person James He has come back from death. He made his soldiers tie John up. And they put John in prison. Herod did this because he had married Herodias.

She was the wife of his brother Philip. But she could not succeed, v20 because Herod was afraid of John. He knew that John was a holy man. And John did what was right. So Herod kept him safe. When Herod heard him, he was very confused. But he liked to listen to John. He invited his officials, army leaders and the important men in Galilee. She pleased Herod and his guests. And I will give it to you. But because of his serious promise in front of his guests, he did not like to refuse her. She gave it to her mother. So they came and they took his body.

They laid it in a special cave, called a tomb. He ruled Galilee and Perea. He spoke with authority. Verse 16 Public opinion had confused Herod. He also had a guilty conscience. He had ordered the death of John. He worried that Jesus might be John, alive again. Later he had an opportunity to see Jesus. Pilate had to decide whether Jesus was guilty. He sent Jesus to Herod so that he could help him to decide Luke Verses Herod had first married the daughter of king Aretas, who ruled a country in Arabia 2 Corinthians But he left her and he married Herodias.

She was the wife of his half brother Philip. They were both sons of Herod the Great but they had different mothers. Salome was the daughter of Herodias. John had said that Herod was wrong to marry Herodias. She could not forgive John for that. She wanted Herod to kill John. Verse 20 Herod was afraid of John, but he respected him. He recognised that John was a good man. He tried to protect him from the anger of Herodias. Verses Herodias encouraged Salome to dance alone in front of Herod and his guests. It is possible that he had drunk too much wine. He promised Salome anything that she asked for.

He did not think about what she might ask. But he made his promise sound very serious. Verses Herodias now had her opportunity to murder John. She wanted it at once. She did not want Herod to have time to change his mind. So it would have been right not to do it. But he was afraid that his guests would laugh at him. So he was too proud to refuse. And so he made his soldiers kill John. They told him all that they had done. And they told him all that they had taught.

Then you can have a rest. That is why he said that. They were like sheep without anyone to look after them. So he felt a great pity for them. So he began to teach them many things. It is already very late. Go and see. He looked up to heaven and he gave thanks for them. He broke the loaves into pieces. He also divided the two fish among them all. And they wanted to tell Jesus all that had happened to them on their journey. But the crowds of people prevented them. They did not even have time for a meal.

Jesus suggested that they should cross the lake by boat. They would then have some quiet and rest. Verse 33 To cross the lake by boat might take a long time. It might take more time than to run round to the other side. Verse 34 Sheep without anyone to look after them soon wander away from the right path. These people did not have a leader to stop them wandering away from God. They needed someone to teach them the right way to live. They were like bad shepherds who did not take care of their sheep Ezekiel But Jesus is the good shepherd who cares about his sheep John So Jesus had great pity for the crowd.

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They had stopped his plan for a rest. But he was willing to teach them. Someone calculated that they would need more than two hundred days wages for that. Mark does not tell us who calculated that. John records that it was Philip John Verse 38 It was Andrew who found the food. John also tells us that. A boy had five loaves and two fish John Jesus broke the fish Luke So we think that they may have been dried fish. Verse 39 Jesus gave them a command. The only time that the grass was green would be in the spring, in April.

Verse 41 Jesus gave thanks to God for the food. Verses The very small amount of food became enough for the crowd of over five thousand people to have plenty to eat. There were even 12 baskets of pieces left over. The writers believed that it was important. They say that one boy offered his small supply. And then, all the people began to share their food. But everyone had plenty to eat and there were 12 baskets left over. Every year, God supplies the harvest. But often some people are hungry because some other people are greedy.

Then, they were on their way to the country that he had promised to them Exodus Jesus had fed the crowd in a desert place. So they tried to make Jesus king John He made them go on ahead of him to Bethsaida while he sent the crowd away. He went into the hills in order to pray. Jesus was alone on land. Jesus saw that. This was because the wind was blowing against them. About the fourth period in the night, Jesus came to them. He was walking on the lake. He intended to pass by them. They cried out. It is I. Do not be afraid.

The wind stopped. They had not learned anything when Jesus fed the men. They could not understand who Jesus was. Verse 45 Jesus saw that the crowd were preparing to make him king. So he sent them away. Jesus needed to pray. He had many problems. Herod Antipas was a cruel man who was afraid of Jesus. Now there were the people who wanted to make him a national leader.

They were three hours each. So there was probably some light from the moon on the lake. It is possible that Mark used the name of God here Exodus He was reminding his readers that Jesus has the same power as God. But they were confused. They were not able to recognise that his power over nature was the power of God. This incident encourages Christians who are in any kind of trouble. Christians should remember that Jesus is with them. Then Jesus will give peace to them too. They tied up the boat. People were telling them where Jesus was. And they brought the sick people to that place.

Wherever he went, people laid their sick friends in the market places. They kept asking Jesus to let them touch just the edge of his clothing. All the people who touched it became well again. Verse 53 Gennesaret was a small plain on the west side of the lake. It was south of Capernaum. Verse 56 Jesus cured a sick woman He knew that power had gone from him.

She had touched the edge of his clothing. Here many other people did the same. In this way they obey the old traditions. They obey many other traditions, such as the ceremony of washing cups, jugs and kettles. Why do they eat when they have not carried out the hand washing ceremony? But their hearts are far away from me. You obey rules that men have made up. And you do many other things like that. Make sure that you listen. You should be able to see that.

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It only goes into the stomach and it passes out of the body. So does the desire for what other people have, lies about other people, pride and foolish behaviour. It was not in order to remove dirt. It was a ceremony. And they had to wash each hand with the fist of the other hand. They did this when they came in from the town. They were also very careful to wash anything that they drank from. They washed equally carefully anything that they used to prepare a meal. Verses Jesus said that they were not honest. This means that they are like actors. They are hiding their real character.

And they were expecting everyone to follow their traditions. Jesus used the words of Isaiah to emphasise that their religion was only a show on the outside. He was expressing his disgust when he said that. Verses Jesus gave an example of their wrong attitude. But nobody else could benefit from it. When his parents needed his help, he would make this excuse. So he avoided his duty to his parents in order to follow a tradition. He was therefore not obeying the command of God to give honour to his father and mother. They did it in order to obey their own rules.

That was wrong. God wanted people to have good thoughts and to obey his laws. It goes into his mouth, then into his stomach and, in the end, it passes out again. They believed that this could make them holy. It would be possible to be holy without worrying about the right kind of food. He loses the confidence of other people. A proud man thinks that he is better than anyone else. He cannot see it when he is wrong.

He even expects God to respect him. This can mean to spend time on activities that have no worth. But some people do wrong things whenever they want to. Verse 23 All these evil actions come from what a man thinks about. Paul told the Christians at Philippi to think about what is pure and right Philippians And he went away to the region called Tyre and Sidon.

He went into a house, and he did not want anyone to know about it. But they could not keep it a secret. She was born in Syro-Phoenicia. That is not right. And she found that the child was lying in bed. Verse 24 Jesus went north, probably in order to obtain some peace and quiet. He had made many enemies in Galilee, and the crowds were always demanding his help. Tyre and Sidon were two important harbours north of Capernaum. They were not on the Sea of Galilee. They were on the Mediterranean Sea.

He used a word that describes a family pet. The kind of voice that Jesus used would also make a difference. He was probably smiling as he spoke. He said that the children must have their food first. Verse 28 People threw bread that they did not want to the family pets. Perhaps the woman could get the pieces that the children had thrown away. That is what she thought. But she became well.

Luke records that Luke The man was deaf and he could not speak clearly. They asked Jesus to lay his hands on him. His tongue became free and he could speak clearly. But the more he told them not to, the more they spread the news. He even cures those who are deaf and dumb. Verse 31 Jesus made a long journey back to Galilee. It may have taken several months. Verse 32 Because the man was deaf, he had not learnt to speak clearly.

Verse 33 Jesus took him away to a quiet place. When a deaf person starts to hear again, every sound seems very loud. It would not be pleasant for the man if he were in a noisy crowd. So Jesus thought about how the man would feel. Jesus showed the man what he was going to do. They believed that it could cure people.

Examining the Four Gospels

Then the man would know that Jesus would make a difference to his speech. Jesus showed where the power to cure would come from. He looked up to heaven. Verse 36 The people did not obey Jesus. Verse 37 Jesus made the words of Isaiah come true. Isaiah said that, when God comes to rescue his people,. They did not have anything to eat. They have been with me for three days.

And now they do not have anything that they can eat. Some of them have come a long way. Then he took the seven loaves and he gave thanks to God. He broke them. Jesus gave thanks for these, too. Jesus sent them away. And he went to the district of Dalmanutha. Verse 1 Jesus was in the region of the Ten Towns. He had told the man from Gerasa to go back. He told him to tell his own people how God had cured him So in one and the same set of facts we have the history of Jesus and the revelation of God. They are not only the biography of a man, but they are the unveiling of the heart of God.

These Scripture writers take it for granted that their readers will understand that paradox, and do not stop to explain how they change the statement of the subject matter of their message, in this extraordinary fashion, between their Master who had lived and died on earth, and the Unseen Almightiness throned above all heavens. How comes that to be? It is not that the gospel has two subjects, one of which is the matter of one portion, and the other of another.

It does not sometimes speak of Christ, and sometimes rise to tell us of God. It is always speaking of both, and when its subject is most exclusively the man Christ Jesus, it is then most chiefly the Father God. And so must we look on that whole career, from the cradle to the cross, from Calvary to Olivet, if we are to know its deepest tenderness and catch its gladdest notes. That such a man has lived and died is beautiful, and the portrait will hang for ever as that of the fairest of the children of men. But that in that life and death we have our most authentic knowledge of what God is, and that all the pity and truth, the gentleness and the brotherliness, the tears and the self-surrender, are a revelation to us of God; and that the cross, with its awful sorrow and its painful death, tells us not only how a man gave himself for those whom he loved, but how God loves the world and how tremendous is His law-this is good news of God indeed.

There is a double modification of this phrase. The great theme of the message is further defined in these two noteworthy forms. It is the tender love of God in exercise to lowly creatures who deserve something else that the gospel is busy in setting forth, a love which flows forth unbought and unmotived save by itself, like some stream from a hidden lake high up among the pure Alpine snows. The lowliness and death of Christ are the glory of God! Not in the awful attributes which separate that inconceivable Nature from us, not in the eternity of His existence, nor in the Infinitude of His Being, not in the Omnipotence of His unwearied arm, nor in fire-eyed Omniscience, but in the pity and graciousness which bend lovingly over us, is the true glory of God.

The good news of Christ and of God is the gospel of our salvation and peace. It is meant to bring to men, and it does in fact bring to all who accept it, those wide and complex blessings described by those two great words. That good news about Christ and God brings to a man salvation, if he believes it. To know and feel that I have a loving Father who has so cared for me and all my brethren that He has sent His Son to live and die for me, is surely enough to deliver me from all the bonds and death of sin, and to quicken me into humble consecration to His service. And such emancipation from the burden and misery of sin, from the gnawing consciousness of evil and the weakening sense of guilt, from the dominion of wrong tastes and habits, and from the despair of ever shaking them off which is only too well grounded in the experience of the past, is the beginning of salvation for each of us.

That great keyword of the New Testament covers the whole field of positive and negative good which man can need or God can give. Negatively it includes the removal of every evil, whether of the nature of sorrow or of sin, under which men can groan. Positively it includes the endowment with all good, whether of the nature of joy or of purity, which men can hope for or receive.

And all this ennobling and enriching of human nature is produced by that good news about the grace and glory of God and of Christ, if we will only listen to it, and let it work its work on our souls. But even in the narrower sense of the word, how great are the blessings set forth by it! All inward serenity and outward calm, the tranquillity of a soul free from the agitations of emotion and the storms of passions and the tumults of desire, as well as the security of a life guarded from the assaults of foes and girded about with an impregnable barrier which nothing can destroy and no enemy overleap, are ours, if we take the good news about God to our heart.

They are ours in the measure in which we take it. Clearly such truths as those which the gospel brings have a plain tendency to give peace. They give peace with God, with the world, and with ourselves. They lead to trust, and trust is peace. They lead to union with God, and that is peace. They lead to submission, and that is peace. They lead to consecration, and that is peace. They lead to indifference to fleeting joys and treasures, and that is peace.

They give to heart and mind and will an all-sufficient and infinite object, and that is peace. They deliver us from ourselves, and that is peace. The good news about God and Christ is the good news of our salvation and of our peace. The good news about Christ and God is the gospel. By far the most frequent form in which the word gospel occurs is that of the simple use of the noun with the definite article.

This message is emphatically the good news. It is the tidings which men most of all want. It stands alone; there is no other like it. If this be not the glad tidings of great joy for the world, then there are none. They may be apprehended in different ways, set forth in different perspective, proclaimed in different dialects, explained in different fashion, associated with different accompaniments, drawn out into different consequences, and yet, through all diversity of tones, the message may be one. But if there be an omission of that mighty name, or if a Christ be proclaimed without a Cross, a salvation without a Saviour, or a Saviour without a Sacrifice, all the adornments of genius and sincerity will not prevent such a half gospel from falling flat.

Its preachers have never been able, and never will be able, to touch the general heart or to bring good cheer to men. Only when you speak of a Christ who has died for our sins, will you cause the heavy heart of the world to sing for joy. Only that old, old message is the good news which men want.

There is no second gospel. Men who preach a message of a different kind, as Paul tells us, are preaching what is not really another gospel. There cannot be two messages. There is but one genuine; all others are counterfeits. Our own salvation depends on our firm grasp of that one message, and for some of us, the clear decisiveness with which our lips ring it out determines whether we shall be blessings or curses to our generation.

There is a Babel of voices now preaching other messages which promise good tidings of good. So we have to make it ours. It is of no use to us, unless we do. It is not enough that it echoes all around us, like music borne upon the wind. It is not enough that we hear it, as men do some sweet melody, while their thoughts are busy on other things. It is not enough that we believe it, as we do other histories in which we have no concern. What more is needed? Make it yours by trusting your whole self to the Christ of whom it tells you. Benson Commentary Mark The evangelist speaks with strict propriety in this sentence, for the beginning of the gospel is in the account of John the Baptist, contained in the first paragraph; the gospel itself in the rest of the book.

Thus the verse must be considered as being connected with the following, and as signifying that the gospel of Jesus Christ began, according to the prediction of the prophets, with the preaching and baptism of John the Baptist. In styling Jesus the Song of Solomon of God, while the other evangelists describe him chiefly as the Song of Solomon of man, Mark gives him a title the most likely, as being the most august, to engage the attention and obedience of the Romans, those lords of the earth, to the religion which was promulgated by him.

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary Isaiah and Malachi each spake concerning the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, in the ministry of John. From these prophets we may observe, that Christ, in his gospel, comes among us, bringing with him a treasure of grace, and a sceptre of government. Such is the corruption of the world, that there is great opposition to his progress. When God sent his Son into the world, he took care, and when he sends him into the heart, he takes care, to prepare his way before him.

John thinks himself unworthy of the meanest office about Christ. The most eminent saints have always been the most humble. They feel their need of Christ's atoning blood and sanctifying Spirit, more than others. The great promise Christ makes in his gospel to those who have repented, and have had their sins forgiven them, is, they shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost; shall be purified by his graces, and refreshed by his comforts.

We use the ordinances, word, and sacraments without profit and comfort, for the most part, because we have not of that Divine light within us; and we have it not because we ask it not; for we have his word that cannot fail, that our heavenly Father will give this light, his Holy Spirit, to those that ask it. Barnes' Notes on the Bible The beginning of the gospel - The word "gospel" literally signifies good news, and particularly the good tidings respecting the way of salvation by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Some have understood the word "gospel" here to mean "history" or "life - the beginning of the history," etc.

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