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A Voice Crying in the Wilderness . . . (Mark 1. 4-8)

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In yesterday’s post, we looked at the opening pericope of Mark’s gospel (1.1-3). After giving his quotation from the Hebrew Bible (aka Old Testament or OT), Mark, as is his custom, quickly (or to use his terminology immediately!) transitions to the purpose of that quotation: John the Baptizer and Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Beginning of the Gospel . . . (Mark 1. 1-3)

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A couple of years ago, I blogged on the opening chapters of the Gospel according to Mark. I had intended to continue through the gospel, but got sidetracked along the way. Now, I feel prompted to return to Mark. However, since it has been nearly two years, I wanted to start back at the beginning. So, I will edit the former posts and repost them. When I get to the new material, I will pick up there and continue on.
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Posted by on January 27, 2016 in Bible study, Christianity, Mark, Thoughts on Scripture

 

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Jesus in the Jordan River

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In our last post, we looked at and discussed the ministry of John the Baptizer, the forerunner of the Messiah (or Christ). We have spent a couple of posts now looking at the opening verses of the gospel of Mark. If you missed those, feel free to scroll down the home page and take a look at them. Again, Mark is a fascinating gospel to me. He is decisive and precise. He moves quickly (though not in a haphazard or irresponsible way) from one event to the next. Reading Mark’s gospel is a lot like riding a roller coaster: before you start, be sure you are seated and the seat belts are tight and secure! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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The Voice Crying in the Wilderness . . .

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Photo by almogaver on Morgue File.

In yesterday’s post, we looked at the opening pericope of Mark’s gospel (1.1-3). After giving his quotation from the Hebrew Bible (aka Old Testament or OT), Mark, as is his custom, quickly (or to use his terminology immediately!) transitions to the purpose of that quotation: John the Baptizer and Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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The Beginning of the Gospel . . .

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, which you can read HERE, I have been spending time in the first few chapters of the gospel of Mark recently. I taught from the first chapter this past Wednesday night at church. I will not go into all the details again about the gospel of Mark and its relation to the others . . . again, you can read that in yesterday’s post. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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A Lesson on Humility from John the Baptizer

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He must increase, but I must decrease . . . (John 3.30)

This is one of my favorite verses in all the Bible.  Not only is it a great declaration of humility; it is also an awesome prayer for any and all believers to pray.  I would say it encompasses beautifully and succinctly a prayerful attitude.  Perhaps, better than any passage throughout Scripture, in only a few brief words.

Of course, it will never even be the most popular verse in its own chapter!  But, along with that other verse in John 3, this verse should be close to it.  Once we receive the grace proclaimed to us in 3.16, we should immediately turn to the humble attitude of 3.30.  This is a prayer which can accompany us all the days of our faith journey.  From the very first steps to the last hill we climb. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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