Mark Wastes No Time

Jesus Tempted in the Wilderness

Mark 1:12-13

Parallel Texts: Matthew 4: 1-11; Luke 4:1-13

Jesus Returns to Galilee

Mark 1:14

Parallel Texts: Matthew 4:12; Luke 3:19-20; John 4:1-4

Jesus Teaches in Galilee

Mark 1:15

Parallel Texts: Matthew 4:17; Luke 4:14-15

Jesus Calls Disciples

Mark 1:16-20

Parallel Texts: Matthew 4:18-22; Luke 5:1-11

I don’t know if you’ve been reading the verses I’ve listed above, but if you have, you can see just how pithy this gospel is. See where Matthew and Luke are by the end of this, while Mark has only written a few verses for these incidents? Matthew is well into chapter 4 and Luke is well into chapter 5 while Mark is not halfway through chapter 1! I keep having to remind myself that I’m covering Mark, and not the life of Jesus, so tempted am I to fill in the blanks…

Mark does, however, give us something really interesting to sink our teeth into in verse 16 ff.

This is His first command to His disciples: “Follow me.” I always enjoy pointing out that His ministry begins in earnest with “Follow Me” and ends with “Go and make disciples”. In between these two commands Jesus makes disciples and saves the world. If you stop and think about that, you will surely gain wisdom, for you will be looking right directly at the eternal purpose of God.

Another interesting aspect to this story is that when Jesus walks up to these guys and says “Follow Me,” they actually drop everything and obey His command! What would I do if some 30-year-old kid walked up to me and said that? If I was in a really good mood I might say, “And you are… who exactly?”

These guys just dropped their nets and answered His call, and when you read that they dropped their nets, understand that those nets were their profession not their amusement. Jesus has called you and me to do a number of things. He’s called us to love one another; do we drop our nets and follow? He has called us to make disciples, do we drop our nets and follow? I’m sure you can see where this is headed, and no, we usually put up a bit of a fuss with Him when He calls us to do something.

Yes, even though Mark rushed through some things, there’s always a zinger lingering somewhere!

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About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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9 Responses to Mark Wastes No Time

  1. Tom says:

    I never thought of the idea that he started with the command “Follow me” and ended with “Go and make disciples”. That was and His whole purpose. And we need to do it without fussing, which I have been guilty of.

  2. Bette Cox says:

    They were not strangers… they probably knew Jesus (the local carpenter and carpenter’s son) pretty well by this time. They may have already thought about possibly getting that invitation and what they would do if they got it. They didn’t necessarily know what would happen next, considering what DID happen next, however.

  3. Steve B says:

    “They were not strangers… they probably knew Jesus (the local carpenter and carpenter’s son) pretty well by this time. They may have already thought about possibly getting that invitation and what they would do if they got it. They didn’t necessarily know what would happen next, considering what DID happen next, however.”

    Yes & No. John & Andrew were the Baptists disciples. They were the 2 that first followed Jesus .
    Joh 1:35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples,
    Joh 1:36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”
    Joh 1:37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.

    Andrew was the brother of Peter and John the brother of James. When Jesus went into the wilderness to be tempted, John and Andrew went home and spent 6 weeks talking about Jesus to their respective families. Jesus was from Nazareth not the same place as Peter and the Zebedees.

    • Don Merritt says:

      “yes and no” about sums it up… It’s possible they were all acquainted, but there’s no way to prove it, beyond your observations above.

    • Citizen Tom says:

      One thing we can easily forget is what the Bible does not say it does not say. Similarly we can forget to read carefully and miss what is actually said. Therefore, because they force us to reconsider and contemplate what we have read, these discussions are worthwhile.

      Thank you.

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