Week Eleven

WEEK ELEVEN 

MARK’S DIVINELY INSPIRED RECORD OF THE LIFE OF JESUS

  • Mark (John Mark) was a friend of Peter (1 Peter 5:13) and a companion of the apostle Paul (Acts 12:12).
  • His record of the life of Jesus may have been the earliest. It is certainly the shortest and there is a note of urgency about the account.
  • Notice the frequent use of ‘urgent’ words such as: immediately – at once – amazed – as soon as – astonished.
  • The urgency and impact of the message will not be lost on us if we read earnestly and prayerfully.
  • Mark makes several references to ‘demons’ and ‘evil spirits’. These are not evil gods.  [Note: Devils (demons) are not supernatural beings. People with mental disorders were said to have ‘evil spirits’ – which means disordered minds. There is only one God. The supposed devils of heathen religions did not exist. (1 Corinthians 10:20; Acts 17;18 – strange gods=demons; Isaiah 45:5,7)].  

DAILY READINGS AND NOTES – WEEK ELEVEN 

Day 1: Mark 1

Jesus is the Son of God (verses 1. 11). His compassion is great. The many miracles which Mark records underline these facts. Count them.
Day 2: Mark 2 Jesus can provide forgiveness (verse 10) but cannot help the ‘self-righteous’ – those who see no need for salvation (verse 17).
Day 3: Mark 3 More miracles. ‘Hardness of heart’ (verse 5) is the greatest obstacle to faith. The apostles are chosen (verse 13-19).
Day 4: Mark 6 People’s attitudes were important if they were to be healed (verse 5). John the Baptist was faithful  till his death. How many miracles so far?
Day 5: Mark 7 Our own cherished ideas sometimes have to be dropped (verse 7). We must make sure our beliefs are scriptural.
Day 6: Mark 8 Jesus gave thanks for food (verse 6). Do we show the same gratitude that he did?
Day 7: Mark 9 Mark has three references to Jesus’ knowledge of what lay ahead for him. (See 8:31; 9:31; 10:33).