Walk Thru The Bible
New Testament -- Mark
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John, whose surname was Mark, is the writer (Acts 12:12, 25).
He was the son of a certain Mary of Jerusalem and cousin of Barnabas
From the fact that the family had large facilities and servants attending the
door, Mary appears well off and probably an influential member in the early
Jerusalem church. It has been suggested that the upper room may have been
at her home and that it continued as a meeting place for the apostles (Cf. Acts
Although Mark was a source of contention between Paul and Barnabas at
the beginning of the second missionary journey, we see him working with Paul
and highly favored a few years later (Col. 4:10; Philemon 24). Mark also
worked with Peter and is referred to as his "son" much like Timothy was by
Paul. Many believe the young man of Mark 14:51-53 was none other than the
young Mark himself.
One of the pupils of the apostle John said that Mark wrote
down exactly, without mistake, the words and deeds of Christ though not in
chronological order. He says that the Mark wrote down the substance of
From Mark 10:45 we can easily determine Mark's object in
writing his gospel account, "For even the Son of man came not to be
ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
Mark is the briefest of the four gospel accounts. It
is a narrative of dynamic action. Jesus is presented as "doing" rather than
1. "Straightway" and "immediately" are used more than 40 times.
2. Mark repeatedly speaks of the impact, the awe, and astonishment that
Jesus made on the mind and heart of those who heard him. cf. Mark 1:22;
1:27; 4:41; 6:51; 10:24, 26, etc.
3. Mark tells us more about the emotions of Jesus than other writers. He
a. Sighing deeply in His spirit -- 7:34; 8:12.
4. Mark repeatedly inserts little vivid details which are the hall-marks of an
b. Moved with compassion -- 6:31.
c. Marvelling at their unbelief -- 6:6.
d. Moved with righteous anger -- 3:5; 8:33; 10:14.
e. Looking with love on the rich young ruler -- 10:21.
f. Feeling the pangs of hunger -- 11:12.
g. Becoming tired and needing rest -- 6:31.
a. Cf. the added detail to Matthew 18:2 found in Mark 9:36;
5. Mark is very fond of the historic present. He speaks of events in the
present tense instead of the past.
b. Cf. Matthew 19:13-15, Luke 18:15-17 and Mark 10:13-16;
c. Mark alone tells how the 5000 were seated, and how they looked like
plots of vegetable rows in a garden -- 6:40;
d. Cf. Jesus and disciples on their last journey to Jerusalem -- Matt.
20:17; Luke 18:31; with Mark 10:32.
e. In the story of Jesus stilling the tempest Mark adds one little sentence
that makes the picture vivid before our eyes -- 4:38a.
6. Mark often gives us the very Aramaic words Jesus spoke. Indicative of
an eye-witness. Mark always then gives the interpretation of those
Aramaic words revealing to us he is writing for non-Hebrews (cf. 5:41;
7:34; 7:11; 14:36; 15:34).
(These may have been times when Peter could hear again the very sound of Jesus' voice, and could not help givin g in his sermons the very words
that Jesus uttered.)
7. Mark made more use of Latin loanwords than the other gospel accounts
and some occur in the New Testament only in Mark. [Note also the
evidence of Mark 15:21 and Romans 16:13 which ties his gospel to a
8. Mark presents Jesus as being addressed as Rabbi or Teacher whereas
Matthew and Luke represent Jesus as being addressed by the title "Lord."
Some say Matthew and Luke reflect the post-resurrection practice of
speaking of Jesus while Mark is faithful to the pre-resurrection way of
Purpose -- The very first verse of Mark provides a clear indication of the
writer's purpose: to set forth "the good news" and to bear witness to Jesus
as the Messiah and the Son of God.
Outline -- MARK -- "The Miracle Working Servant"
I. The Servant's Coming 1:1-13
II. The Servant's Work 1:14 - 13:37
A. Beginning of Galilean Ministry 1:14 - 3:6
III. The Servant's Death 14:1 - 15:47
B. Later stages of Galilean Ministry 3:7 - 6:13
C. Jesus goes outside Galilee 6:14 - 8:26
D. The way to Jerusalem 8:27 - 10:52
E. Ministry in Jerusalem 11:1 - 13:37
IV. The Servant's Resurrection 16:1 - 20
Miracles -- Mark shows Jesus as the miracle-working Servant of God
attending to man. Mark's picture is a motion picture showing Jesus in action
moving men to God! The Gospel records 35 miracles that Jesus
Most of the Lord's miracles, however, are unrecorded (cf. Matthew 14:23;
Luke 4:40; Matthew 15:30-31; 19:1-2; Luke 6:17-19; Mark 1:32-34; and
John 21:25, etc.) The purpose of His miracles were to authenticate the Servant
as the Son of God (John 15:24; 20:30,31; Mark 16:20; Hebrews 2:3-4).
- 17 miracles of physical healing
- 9 miracles over forces of nature
- 6 specific instances of expulsions of demons
- 3 raised from the dead
SERMON - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
God's Son Was A Teacher
"And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and
many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these
things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such
mighty works are wrought by his hands?" Mark 6:2.
1. "Never man spake like this man" -- John 7:46; Mark 7:5-13.
2. We may go back to the opening chapters of Genesis and read "And the
Lord God commanded man, saying..." (2:16). Thus God became the first
instructor and man the first pupil. God instructed man concerning His
Will for him.
3. An analysis of the Bible's account of this first teaching situation reveals
at least 3 things to us:
1) That God's purpose was to maintain the perfect relationship that
existed between man and Himself in the creation.
4. When man disobeyed God and fell into sin the situation between them was
altered. God still loved man and continued to act as his Teacher, but his
purpose was no longer to maintain a perfect relationship. It was to restore
2) That His method was positive and authoritative. There was nothing
obscure, indefinite, or uncertain about what God said. It was "The
Lord God commanded the man, saying..."
3) That as long as man obeyed, God's purpose was achieved. It was
when man presumed to know more than his teacher that the hitherto
happy relationship was dissolved.
THE FIRST TEACHERS --
The early teachers --
CHRIST The Master Teacher
The early centers of learning --
- God -- The Patriarchs -- Moses
- The garden; the family; the kingdom; the synagogue
His Preparation --
As Mark informs us He Was the Savior
His Aim --
To bring men to God and
to prepare them for the kingdom of Heaven.
His Method --
He WAS the Way, the Truth, and the Life
CONCLUSION -- Teaching for Eternity
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