kjv@Mark:1:1@ The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
kjv@Mark:1:2@ As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
kjv@Mark:1:3@ The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
kjv@Mark:1:4@ John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
kjv@Mark:1:5@ And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.
kjv@Mark:1:6@ And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey;
kjv@Mark:1:7@ And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.
kjv@Mark:1:8@ I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.
kjv@Mark:1:9@ And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.
kjv@Mark:1:10@ And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:
kjv@Mark:1:11@ And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
kjv@Mark:1:12@ And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.
kjv@Mark:1:13@ And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.
kjv@Mark:1:14@ Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
kjv@Mark:1:15@ And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
kjv@Mark:1:16@ Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
kjv@Mark:1:17@ And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
kjv@Mark:1:18@ And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.
kjv@Mark:1:19@ And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets.
kjv@Mark:1:20@ And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.
kjv@Mark:1:21@ And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught.
kjv@Mark:1:22@ And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.
kjv@Mark:1:23@ And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
kjv@Mark:1:24@ Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
kjv@Mark:1:25@ And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.
kjv@Mark:1:26@ And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.
kjv@Mark:1:27@ And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.
kjv@Mark:1:28@ And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.
kjv@Mark:1:29@ And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
kjv@Mark:1:30@ But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her.
kjv@Mark:1:31@ And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.
kjv@Mark:1:32@ And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.
kjv@Mark:1:33@ And all the city was gathered together at the door.
kjv@Mark:1:34@ And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.
kjv@Mark:1:35@ And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
kjv@Mark:1:36@ And Simon and they that were with him followed after him.
kjv@Mark:1:37@ And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee.
kjv@Mark:1:38@ And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.
kjv@Mark:1:39@ And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.
kjv@Mark:1:40@ And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
kjv@Mark:1:41@ And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.
kjv@Mark:1:42@ And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.
kjv@Mark:1:43@ And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away;
kjv@Mark:1:44@ And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
kjv@Mark:1:45@ But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.
Reprobate Mind - the mind tends to reduce a passage like this to its most palatable speck. Here we find as the diciple's minds were being opened up they were "astonished" frequently at Jesus's fuller revelations. Doesn't mean that they understood or agreed yet, only that they were seeing how deep things really were becoming.
Reprobate Mind - we see that at least in the case of divorce a legalized leniency was granted because of the hardness of mens hearts. Perhaps better stated as a civil protection for the offended party. God's better intention is that their softer hearts would not cause this course of action.
Reprobate Mind - Jesus just revealed something very deep about the inter-workings between the Father and himself; the limits of the Son's power. The disciples are consumed though in the inter-working amongst themselves.
If we don't separate the three events in this passage, the middle fig tree account becomes a symbol of how Jesus viewed the fruit of the temple. There was no fruit only leaves. Being out of season (coming new covenant) shows that it in no way could be expected to bare fruit either.
Reprobate Mind - Is of the mind that it is in control even when it is not. Here we see the intent revealed by parable, we see the attempt to trap Jesus in words being foiled, and the fear of what the people would think holding them back. And yet they will soon do exactly what the parable says that they will do. What control does it actually have?
Interesting that the publishing of the gospel to all the nations is sandwiched between 2 versus depicting the being brought before counsels and kings for a testimony against them and how we are to proceed into these trials.
Reprobate Mind - Was it only then that Peter thought about Jesus's words. The phrase "Calling to mind" projects the notion of items being on screen and off screen and that somehow we are in control as to which is which.
Reprobate Mind - A murdering insurrectionist considered in the same judgment as our Lord and savior and winning out in pardon? That is often a clue to just how un comfortable and threatened people are by the revelation of their own conscience.
Reprobate Mind - Pilate's question was never adequately answered, justice even in human terms did not matter in the least. The mob mentality and possible threat of their riotous reaction if action was done to the contrary was solely sufficient.
Reprobate - Mind, where else would this behavior be justified? How does the mind go from duty and responsibility to this as it often does. This is not just the behavior of a few distant Roman soldiers long ago, this is the mind set of many intellectuals and activist on our college campuses today, this is the direction of much political discourse. Slander, mocking, humiliation, for no other reason than self and mob exaltation.
Just a few chapters ago we read Jesus parable about the vineyard that was stole away from the distant master by the employees thereof. Jesus deliberately stated that the servants knew that the true heir had been sent yet put the son to death in order to retain possession of the vineyard. We would suppose that these mocking men now talked about were somehow blinded and just didn't know who Jesus was. The parable suggests something much different. Or why else would have Jesus said it as so?
There are many way Jesus could have chose to reveal himself after the resurrection. To whom, to how many, in what way, all a series of choices deliberately made to cause the best effect. He chose to unwrap this like a much anticipated and extremely valuable birthday gift one corner at a time.
Can't help but think of the parable Jesus gave on the distant vineyard owner that sent envoys to gather it's produce only to be rejected by the hired hands. Jesus hints that there were those who knew who the Son was and yet killed Him to steal away His inheritance kjv@Mark:12:1-12. Who in this crowd would He be talking about?
The all important first love. The church of Ephesus is doing a whole lot right. They contend for the faith as Jude would exhort, resist evil and suffer for Christ's name sake as Peter. Their first love no doubt was for Him as a person and for each other as His friends. For as much as they are doing right, they still need to obey the great commandment kjv@Mark:12:30-31.
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