Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Week One:
This week we'll be reading the entire book of Mark. Feel free to add your (reasonable, polite, family-safe) comments and questions. (Ignore the date at the top. That's just when I created this discussion page.)

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9 comments:

Tim Johnson said...

I forgot that Andrew was Simons brother! Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking 2:8. Jesus followers = basket of deplorables 2:15. Jesus angry and deeply saddened - does my hard heart ever have same result? 3:5

Steve Davis said...

I found it interesting Jesus had both emotional responses: anger and sadness. Genuine complexity. Mark does a great job showing both Jesus' humanity and divinity.

Tim Johnson said...

Mark 10:49 - one of my favorites - "Cheer up," they said. "Come on, he's calling you!"

Anonymous said...

Do you think Barabbas knew what was happening? That he was ever saved, or thankful for being released thanks to Jesus.

Tim Johnson said...

I remember an Easter t.v. Movie when I was a kid that explored what Barabbas might have gone through - speculated that his former compadres did not trust him because they thought he got out by making a deal. He ended up with the Christians in the movie.

Cindy Osborn said...

With all these wonderful things Jesus had done like healing the children and the blind why would he want that stay secret?

Steve Davis said...

My best explanation is that Jesus did the healing miracles out of overwhelming compassion, but He found the attention they garnered to be counterproductive to His overall ministry. The crowds brought people who wanted miracles not spiritual truths, and drew the attention of the politically powerful people who'd want to hang around Jesus because He made them look good--or the political people who wanted to shut Him down out of fear He'd get Romes attention.

Unknown said...

So my question is , if a house is divided against itself , that house can not stand.can this be explained further?

Steve Davis said...

Any group that fights against itself can't survive. In the context, Jesus is saying that He can't be working with Satan while fighting against him by casting out his demons.