Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
June 25, 2020
Pastor Rick Kabrick
A look at the Gospel of John Mark.
Paul = 64-65AD
Matthew = 74AD
Luke = 84 AD
Peter = 65-66 AD
Mark = 68 AD
Barnabas = 61-62 AD
Paul = 64 AD
John = 100 AD
There is a consistent Harmony in the Gospels. Although attempts by skeptics abound they all fail to show disparity.
Mark was the younger cousin of Barnabas, who was one of the leaders of the Church in Antioch.
1PE 5:13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark.
Don’t hold grudges! If we can be forgiven of our Sins, we too can forgive. And here’s an interesting thing, the LORD forgets about our trespasses. HE only commands us to forgive others.
Their relationship was so close that some people have said that much of the book of Mark is directly from the accounts of what Peter told him.
Mark was the personal assistant to some very important people in the Bible. One of course was Peter. One was Barnabas, one was the Apostle Paul.
Could this have been Mark? We don’t know but, it does fit. We will get to it in CH 14, but you will see, perhaps it was Mark, and if it was he heard the Prayer of the LORD Jesus Christ in the Garden that night.
More than half of Mark’s Gospel is devoted to giving an account of the miracles that Jesus performed.
In this Gospel, it seems that Jesus seems the busiest, perhaps a combination of youthful excitement on Mark’s part and the excitement of Peter the ready fire aim guy.
The Gospel at times quickly moves from one event to another. In fact, one of the key words in the Gospel is immediately, occurring more than 40 times in Mark.
Mark starts by making it perfectly clear: Jesus Christ is the unique Son of God, who is also God the Son. A fact that if not accepted will lead to much confusion to say the least.
40 symbolizes a period of testing, or trial of some sort.
Moses lived 40 years in Egypt and forty years in the desert.
He was on Mount Sinai for 40 days and nights.
The spies were investigating the Promise Land for 40 days.
Jonah warned Nineveh, for forty days.
It rained 40 days during the flood.
Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are the Holy One of GOD!”
The LORD wanted people to hear HIS message of the Kingdom of GOD and the message of Salvation. Not to simply seek HIM out as a mystic healer of which there were many in those days.
So, it shows HE of course has authority over the Spiritual world as well as the natural world.
The LORD simply takes her by the hand and the fever is gone. So, it showed the no doubt large crowd around that HE was in authority. And then she served HIM showing gratitude.
Something unclean cannot become clean by touching. But rather something clean touched unclean they both become unclean. But of course the LORD can make them clean and us as well.
Makes you wonder about having friends like that for one thing. And how about this: Are you that kind of friend? Makes you wonder.
Forgiveness is the greatest miracle that that our LORD ever performs. It meets the greatest need; it costs the greatest price; and it brings the greatest blessing and the most lasting results.
Pharisee = “separated ones.” They separated themselves from everything THEY thought was unholy, and THEY thought everyone except THEM were separated from the love of GOD.
Picking the grain was legal DEU 23, but the Pharisees had added the day you did it on would make illegal. They added at 39 rules to the Sabbath command which was to remember the rest day and keep it Holy.
Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.”
We are to rest in HIM. It is not that the Sabbath idea is wrong today. But it will not make you any more Holy than the believer who does not do it.
It is interesting that they had faith that HE could heal that wasn’t the issue, they just wanted HIM to do it on the Sabbath so they could accuse HIM of a violation.
Simon (to whom He gave the name Peter), and James, and John sons of Zebedee “Sons of Thunder”);
Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot; and Judas Iscariot,
Well, the question is plain, which one are you? Which one am I.