Tag Archives: Kingdom

A Few Final Thoughts on Mark

I didn’t want our tour through the gospel of Mark to end; I was having too much fun. But alas, there are only 16 chapters. You might have noticed that there are more verses in chapter 16 than I have … Continue reading

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The Kingdom Comes

Mark 16:1-8 Parallel Texts: Matthew  28:1-8; Luke 24:1-8, 12; John 20:1-10 When Jesus was born in that manger in Bethlehem nobody would have noticed, but God sent choruses of angels out to the fields and they were seen by the … Continue reading

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The Last Supper

Mark 14:12-26 Parallel Texts: Matthew 26:17-25; Luke 22:7-18, 21-23; John 13:22-26 Mark, as was his custom, approaches this subject with an economy of words, with verses 12-16 being about Jesus’ instructions for preparations, followed by a brief description of their … Continue reading

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Incident in Bethany

Mark 14:1-11 Parallel Texts: Matthew 26:1-5, 14-16; Luke 22:1-6; John 12:2-8 This scene takes place on Tuesday night, Wednesday morning by the Jewish reckoning, in Jerusalem and Bethany. In Jerusalem, the Jewish authorities scheme and plot their knavish plans; they … Continue reading

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The Temple, The City… The World

Mark 13 Parallel Texts: Matthew 24-25; Luke 21:5-37 From the beginning of the book, Mark has taken us on the Kingdom Tour. He began with John’s announcement that the Kingdom is at hand, and then proceeded with Jesus preaching the … Continue reading

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Very Good News!

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small … Continue reading

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Jesus Under Attack: The Third Wave

On that busy Tuesday, Jesus came under assault first by the chief Priest, then by the Pharisees, and now the third wave of attacks, this time from the Sadducees and then the teachers of the law. First, the Sadducees: Mark … Continue reading

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Jesus Under Attack

After Jesus’ discussion of the fig tree, He and the disciples enter the Temple courts and are observed by the priests and their entourage; the priests waste no time in challenging Him… Mark 11:27-33 Parallel Texts: Matthew 21:23-27; Luke 20:1-8 … Continue reading

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Something Wonderful

Yesterday, something wonderful happened, we had a guest join our Sunday morning small group; a guest who was thousands of miles away in a different country with a different accent in a different culture. This part made the day novel, … Continue reading

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Figs, Corruption and Prayers

Mark 11:12-26 Parallel Texts: Matthew 21:18-19, 11-13, 20-22; Luke 19:45-48; 21:37-38 Few teachers teach this section from Mark’s account, preferring instead to use the parallel in Matthew or Luke with their more confused timelines, but Mark’s timeline is much more … Continue reading

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