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Studies in Mark

Studies in Mark

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
A series of 37 messages on the Gospel of Mark, and dealing with many aspects of the life of Jesus that are often overlooked.
A series of 37 messages on the Gospel of Mark, and dealing with many aspects of the life of Jesus that are often overlooked.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Nov 22, 2008
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STUDIES IN MARK 
BY GLENN PEASECONTENTS 1 THE BEGINNING OF THE GOSPEL MARK 1:1-82. OBJECTIVE AND SUBJECTIVE MARK 1:1-83. CONFLICT OF THE KINGS MARK 1:9-124. DESCENT OF THE DOVE MARK 1:9-135. CHANGING YOUR MIND MARK 1:14-206. KNOW THE FOE MARK 1:21-287. DEMONS DEFEATED MARK 1:21-288. INTIMATE COMMUNICATION MARK 1:35-399. TOOLS FOR HEALING MARK 1:40-4510. THE MEDICINE OF FORGIVENESS MARK 2:1-1211. THE OLD OR THE NEW MARK 2:18-2212. LOVER'S ARE WINNERS MARK 3:1-613. ACCEPTABLE ANGER MARK 3:1-714. POSITIVE ESCAPISM MARK 3:7-1215. PRIVACY MARK 3:7-2116. PUZZLING APPOINTMENTS MARK 3:13-1917. CHRIST AND CRITICISM MARK 3:20-3018. RUIN WITHOUT REMEDY MARK 3:22-3019. STILLING THE STORM MARK 4:35-4120. MADNESS MEETS ITS MASTER MARK 5:1-2021. MEDICAL MISSIONS MARK 5:1-2022. FEAR OR FAITH MARK 5:21-24, 35-4323. THE POWER OF TOUCH MARK 5:25-3424. MIRACLES AND THE MIND MARK 7:31-3725. A FOCUS ON FOOD MARK 8:1-1026. LOVED BUT LOST MARK 10:17-2227. SURRENDER TO WIN MARK 10:17-2328. A ROYAL REDEEMER MARK 11:1-1129. CHRISTIAN EDUCATION MARK 12:18-2430. THE LOVE TRIANGLE MARK 12:28-3431. OPTIMISTIC PESSIMISM MARK 13:1-232. A WARNING ABOUT WARNINGS MARK 13:3f 33. ADVANCE THROUGH ARREST MARK 13:9-1334. A MOUNTAIN OUT OF A MOLEHILL MARK 14:22-2535. A RISEN REDEEMER MARK 16:1-1436. THE REALITY OF RESURRECTION MARK 16:1-1437. THE ULTIMATE HEALING MARK 16:9-20
1 THE BEGINNING OF THE GOSPEL MARK 1:1-8
 
The painter Lundwig Richter, tells in his memoirs of how he and three friends set out to paint thesame landscape. They each were committed to produce as accurately as possible what they saw. Nevertheless, the result was four different pictures, as different as the four personalities of the artists.The same thing happened when four well-known artists painted the portrait of the United Nationshostess Maria Lani. Each of them knew her personally and saw her from a different perspective, andthe result was four remarkably different pictures.This helps us understand why there are four Gospels in the New Testament. One Gospel wouldgive us the life of Jesus as seen from only one perspective, and that would mean a very inadequate portrait. Jesus is too complex to be seen from only one perspective. God inspired four men to writethe life of Jesus, for each of them gives us unique insight into Jesus that you do not get in the others.Mark gives us the perspective that is most popular in our modern world. Wycliff BibleTranslators have made Mark the most translated book in the world. There is no other book in theworld in so many different languages. It is the shortest of the Gospels, and, therefore, the fastest totranslate and to read. But that is not the only reason for its selection. It is also the Gospel mostappealing to the Gentile world.Matthew is written for Jews, and it is full of Old Testament quotes, and references to Jewishcustoms, all of which are of little concern to the Gentiles to whom Mark writes. He writes for theRomans, and they did not care about genealogies and a persons pedigree. They only cared about hisdeeds, not his decent. The result is, Mark is a Gospel of deeds. Jesus is a man of action-a man onthe move. It is a go go go Gospel, and Jesus is involved in one event and miracle after another, withhardly a breath in between. If Jesus ever relaxed, it is not noted by Mark.Mark does not tell us about birth stories and childhood. He leaves that to Dr. Luke. He is moreanxious to get on with the story of the adult action of the Lord. But this does not mean Mark is notinterested in details. He gives us graphic details the other Gospels do not share. If you want toknow exact names, times, locations, or the numbers and colors, you go to Mark for these details.He is the detail man. His portrait is of Messiah on the run, but he is no blur, but rather, a veryconcrete personality involved in very specific settings and lives. Mark tells us more about the looksand gestures of Jesus than anyone.Mark is the only one who tells us that our Savior was a carpenter. Mark tells us more about our Lord's emotions than the other Gospels. He brings Jesus closer to us as a man of like feelings. Theother Gospels just tell us of Jesus calling little children to Him, but Mark tells us twice that whenthey came He took them up into His arms. Mark alone brings out a tenderness in Jesus that nobodyelse records.We could go on giving examples, but the point we want to make is, each Gospel writer sees Jesusfrom a perspective that the others do not see. You cannot know all there is to know about Jesus byreading just one Gospel. There are four of them for a reason, and each is vital to the total picture.Mark is the Gospel that is the first Gospel recommended for reading around the world, and thismorning we are going to start a study of Mark in our goal to know our Lord and Savior better.
 
Mark begins his Gospel with the word, beginning. The Greek has no article, and so it is not inthe original, the beginning, but just beginning. Beginning of the Gospel about Jesus. Mark does notwaste any time in getting the show on the road. This is the greatest show on earth, and the greateststory ever told, and he does not give us page after page of background and introduction. He lifts thecurtain on this drama for act one just as the gun is fired for the race to begin.Matthew is more like the educational channel with a long introduction of genealogies, excitingto those in the know, but boring to the majority of people who just want to see some action. Mark isthe Gospel for them, for he is like one of those action-packed films that starts off with a chase scene,or a few explosions, before they even list the characters. Mark does not even say, "On your marks,get set": He just says, "Go!" Now we could argue with Mark, and say the Gospel began long before John the Baptist cameannouncing the coming of Christ. It actually began in the mind and heart of God before the world began. This is, of course, the perspective of John's Gospel. He starts, "In the beginning was theword." He goes back to the eternal pre-incarnate state of the Son with the Father.Or we could argue that the Gospel began with the birth of Jesus, and this would be Dr. Luke's perspective. You could argue that it started with the promise to Abraham, or go back to the promiseto Adam and Eve. This is Matthew's perspective. There are a lot of places you can begin theGospel, but Mark says, here is where the rubber meets the road: When Jesus actually began His public ministry, and began to demonstrate His deity in power and compassion for people. That iswhere the good news really became a reality. Before it was potential, but here it becomes actual.All that went before was promise, but here begins the fulfillment. Nobody else has to be wrong for Mark to be right. Where the Gospel begins all depends on your perspective.Mark's perspective is that it is the action of Jesus that really counts, and, therefore, here is wherewe begin: Where Jesus steps out of the shadow of His obscure and commonplace life, and begins to play the public role he came into the world to play as the Messiah of Israel, and the Savior of theworld.Every time you give an account of some event in your life, you have to choose where to begin.You can start with what you had for breakfast, or where you went shopping, if these are relevant tothe event. Or you can start with the event itself. Where you begin depends on your purpose, and onwhich details of the day are relevant to your purpose. There was a time when Jesus was not a publicfigure doing miracles and drawing crowds by His teaching. But then He began His public ministryas a man of action, and Mark shows this as the beginning of the Gospel. This is where the light began to shine and produce new hope and dreams.I have labored this issue because I believe it is a very important issue that Christians need to getinto their thinking. God has given us four perspectives on the life of His Son, and thus teaches us thevalidity of, and the value of different perspectives. You can argue all you want about theimportance of the birth stories of Matthew and Luke, or about the pre-existent Christ of John, butyou cannot escape the fact that God inspired a Gospel to begin with the adult life of Jesus and Johnthe Baptist his forerunner. All of them are valid and of great value.God is aware of the need to adapt the message to the needs of the hearers. Thus, He had Matthew

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