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Mark

The Gospel of Mark narrates the Ministry of Jesus from his baptism by John the Baptist to his death and resurrection. It focuses particularly on the last week of his life (chapters 11–16) in Jerusalem.

Mark 1

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the Gospel that Christ taught; therefore in its broadest meaning the full Gospel is ALL the teachings of Jesus Christ, and not some truncated partial Gospel about a coming Kingdom of God. The whole Gospel is about ALL the teachings of Jesus Christ; about keeping ALL the commandments; about the deeds and the nature of Christ; about the Salvation and reconciliation to God the Father, that Christ’s sacrifice beings; It is the Gospel about the way INTO eternal life and what the conduct of humanity must become and remain for all eternity. .

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Mark begins with the ministry of John Baptist who was called of God to be God’s prophet and was never ordained by any man. John was called and ordained by God to preach REPENTANCE from sin, from commandment breaking, and to prepare the way for the coming of Christ to make atonement for sincerely repented sin.

Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; 1:2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 1:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

1:5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.

John wore a poor man’s cloak made through gathering the shed woolly hair of the camel for a coat, and a skin for a skirt and ate only basic needs, NOT desiring the pleasures of this world. He was humble thinking nothing of himself.  Note: Only the dead body [including the skin] of an unclean creature is unclean; the shed hair is clean.

1:6 And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey; 1:7 And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.

John was inspired directly by God and he knew that the sacrifice of Christ would atone for sin and reconcile humanity to God the Father; permitting the gift of the Holy Spirit. Great numbers of “Called Out” had been given the Holy Spirit since Able, (Heb 11); in FAITH that the Creator would come and would fulfill his mission.

Even John himself had that spirit from the womb! Then once Christ began his ministry, the Holy Spirit would not be given to men until Christ finished his ministry and fulfilled his mission, by paying the price for all sin. Even his twelve including Judas, were not given the Spirit of God until after the resurrection of Christ.

1:8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.

Then Jesus [Hebrew: Yeshua] came to be baptized; and God the Father revealed himself and proclaimed Jesus [Hebrew: Yeshua] as his son before all the people present.

1:9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. 1:10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: 1:11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Jesus was then tempted in the wilderness where he overcame Satan (Mat 4).

1:12 And immediately the spirit driveth him into the wilderness. 1:13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.

When Jesus overcame Satan and as he was about to begin his mission, John was arrested and put in prison

1:14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Jesus called to Simon Peter and his brother Andrew and shortly after called James and John also brothers (Mat 4:18).

1:16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 1:17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. 1:18 And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.

1:19 And when he had gone a little farther thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets. 1:20 And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.

The Sabbath after calling his disciples Jesus began to teach in the Synagogue.

These folks gathered in the Synagogue had known him as a child and young man and now he returned fully trained in all the knowledge that the doctors of the scriptures could teach; coupled with the inspiration and understanding of God the Father.

No wonder the people were astonished at his learning, wisdom, and his great authority over the very spirits.

1:21 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught.1:22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.

1:23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 1:24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.

1:25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. 1:26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. 1:27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.

Jesus then begins to heal the sick and his fame spread across the whole region.

1:28 And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.

Still on the Sabbath

1:29 And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon [Peter] and [his brother] Andrew, with James and John.

1:30 But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her. 1:31 And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.

The word spread so quickly that by end of that Sabbath evening there were crowds at the door seeking healing.

1:32 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.

The sick were gathered and also onlookers, so that most of the city was at the house of Simon [Peter]. The casting out of demons was a prophetic analogy of the binding of all unclean spirits at the future coming of Christ.  In the same manner, the physical healings of his first coming are only a very tiny part of the healings in both flesh and spirit that are soon coming to this earth.

The sacrifice of Christ has come and was made only once, however the first ministry of Christ is only a shadow of the coming ministry of Jesus Christ as the High Priest and ONLY Mediator between God the Father and humanity!

1:33 And all the city was gathered together at the door. 1:34 And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not [did not permit] the devils to speak, because they knew him.

Jesus knew that it was imperative that he maintain his relationship with God the Father through prayer and thinking on and living by every Word of God

1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

The disciples then looked for him and found him, and Jesus then began to travel from town to town preaching

1:36 And Simon and they that were with him followed after him. 1:37 And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee. 1:38 And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.

1:39 And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.

The leper could NOT contain himself for his joy and thereby broke his word and failed to keep the request of Christ

1:40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.1:41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. 1:42 And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.

1:43 And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away; 1:44 And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

1:45 But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter

 

Mark 2

Mark 2:1 And again he entered [returned to] into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised [reported] that he was in the [Peter’s] house. 2:2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.

At this point the teachings of Christ diverge noticeable from the church of that day; as Jesus claims the right to forgive repented sin

2:3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. 2:4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.

The scribes recognized that Yeshua was taking on himself the prerogatives of God

2:6 But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, 2:7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?

Jesus [Hebrew: Yeshua]  then began to reason with them; that he had the power from God to heal and to forgive sin

2:8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? 2:9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? 2:10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)

Jesus said that the healings were proof of his calling from God the Father, and of his mission to heal BOTH the flesh and the spirit by forgiving repentant sin: Forgiving sin is spiritual healing.

2:11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. 2:12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

Christ then walked down to the beach for a break but the people followed him; and he continued to teach to the Gospel of sincere repentance and salvation

2:13 And he went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them.

It was at that time that Jesus called Levi to join the other four as his disciple

2:14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.

The sinful gathered around Christ to hear his message of sincere repentance and deliverance; as they will soon do in the coming Kingdom of God.

2:15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat [to eat] in his house [at Nazareth], many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.

Then the religious elite of the Church of God of that day; who were too righteous in their own eyes to even speak with sinners, questioned Christ as to why he would eat and drink with the sinners. Now eating and drinking is the internalizing of nourishment, and is an analogy of the internalizing of spiritual nourishment by hungering and thirsting after the Word of God.

Jesus then said that he came to call sinners to REPENTANCE!

2:16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Jesus says that those who are a part of the bride cannot fast in sorrow when their espoused Husband is with them; but when he is gone away for a time, then will they fast for sorrow that they are not with him where he is.

2:18 And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and they come and say unto him, Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not? 2:19 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 2:20 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.

These are hidden parables that Christ will make clearer over time. After Jesus teaches of the bride and Bridegroom, he then teaches a parable of repentance; that men must be made new through repentance and the application of the atoning sacrifice of the Lamb of God; before they can receive the Holy Spirit of God..

2:21 No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse. 2:22 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.

Corn [maize[ was unknown until it was discovered in the western hemisphere hundreds of years later. Jesus then allowed that a person could take and eat, just like we might pluck and apple off a tree to munch on Sabbath. Notice that there was NO gathering and bearing away of any more than a few mouthfuls to satisfy immediate hunger; there was no buying as the law of gleaning was in effect; and there was no cooking.

2:23 And it came to pass, that he went through the corn [grain] fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn [grain]. 2:24 And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?

David had fled by horse for three days without food and was ready to faint while being pursued by a band intent on his murder. That was a really serious ”ox in the ditch” and a true situation where the law of mercy superseded the law about who might eat of The Bread of Presence.

2:25 And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him? 2:26 How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?

The Sabbath was made for man to take time to spend with God; It was never meant to be a burden, but rather a relief from the burdens of our daily physical lives. God’s Sabbath is a break from cooking, lawn mowing, daily work; so that we might have personal time with God to learn those things of lasting value from him. These men were with their Creator and listening to him as they grabbed a handful of grain to munch.

This situation does NOT justify going into a restaurant and paying others to sin, and partaking with them in their sins.

2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 2:28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

 

Mark 3

It is not a certainty that this was in Capernaum, since in Capernaum they were used to him healing on the Sabbath. Rather this appears to be somewhat later in Jerusalem, and that Jesus was there with the doctors of the law who had formerly been his teachers.

A good part of the animosity of these men comes from a student proving his teachers wrong, and rising above them. The wisdom of Jesus excited envy and jealousy in those who had had high honour and were always right in their own eyes; just like any new understanding offends in the church today.

Mark 3:1 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand. 3:2 And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.

Jesus showing wisdom, placed the question before his detractors; and then leaving they no way out; he healed the man. That enraged them and they began to see him as a real threat to themselves and sought ways to destroy him.

3:3 And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth. 3:4 And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.

3:5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

3:6 And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.

Jesus then went back to the seashore of Galilee to escape his persecutors, but the people followed him

3:7 But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judaea, 3:8 And from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and from beyond Jordan; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him.

He then asked for a ship [probably from his fishermen disciples], and continued to preach from the boat to the shore and to heal many

3:9 And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him. 3:10 For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues. 3:11 And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God. 3:12 And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known.

Then he went up on a hilltop, and there called those he wanted, and commissioned them to go out and preach the Word of God and the Gospel of Salvation, heal the sick and cast out demons.

3:13 And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. 3:14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,

At this point the twelve were given power to preach the things that Jesus had taught them; and given power over sickness and evil spirits.

3:15 And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils: 3:16 And Simon he surnamed Peter; 3:17 And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder: 3:18 And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite, 3:19 And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went into an house.

The crowds were compacted around Christ so they could not as much as eat anything

3:20 And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.

3:21 And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself [is overwhelmed].

The religious establishment of that day, was so jealous that they declared that Jesus had gone mad. Saying that Jesus had a demon.

3:22 And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.

Jesus answered them by saying:

3:23 And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? 3:24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 3:25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

3:26 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.

Brethren: the House of God is NOT divided! His house [his temple] is a spiritual house and not a physical corporation!  While a corporate church splits and divides, none considers that it is NOT God’s church [temple] anyway!

Only those who have sincerely repented and committed themselves to hate and abhor all sin and compromise with any of God’s commandments; and who dedicatedly follow the Lamb wherever he goes regardless of what any man or corporation tells him; only the man who endures to death itself in zeal to live by every Word of God; can be a part of the true spiritual people of God!

Professing Christianity today has ended as anything resembling godliness. What they do not understand is that those truly called of God and dedicated to him are NOT all in any one such group, they are scattered individuals in many groups and often standing alone.

Organizations perish, but the faithful shall never perish; instead they shall make themselves ready; for the Kingdom of God is now at hand!

The following parable teaches that when a strong spirit makes a man his house; only one stronger that it can drive it out. Therefore only the power of God drives out demons.

3:27 No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.

Those who call good evil and evil good, are blaspheming against the good Spirit of God, and are in danger of damnation unless they repent. This is a great problem in the church today as many call their false traditions good, and justify them in rebellion against the Word of God.

3:28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: 3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation. 3:30 Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.

Then Jesus revealed that all those who follow his teachings and eat the meat of God’s Word with HIM are his spiritual family! No organized corporate church is the family of GOD! That is a grand LIE; to distract people from the spiritual family of Jesus Christ and God the Father!

ONLY those who uncompromisingly keep all of God’s Word; which is doing and internalizing the will of God; are a part of the spiritual family of God!!!

3:31 There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him. 3:32 And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. 3:33 And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren? 3:34 And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 3:35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

 

Mark 4

Mark 4:1 And he began again to teach by the [Galilee] sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.

4:2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,

The Parable of the Sower

4:3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: 4:4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. 4:5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: 4:6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.4:7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.

4:8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.

Christ then declared that he who has ears to hear [is repentant. zealously keeping all the commandments and filled with God’s Spirit] would hear and understand.

4:9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Then in private the disciples asked him to explain the saying

4:10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.

Christ then explained the meaning

4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you [the Called Out who are faithful] it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without [breakers and compromisers with God’s commandments who do not have God’s Spirit], all these things are done in parables: 4:12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time [not being called out at this time] they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

Christ asks them: How then will ye know all parables? The answer is found in:

Acts 5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

Only those who Obey all the teachings and commandments of Christ will be given God’s Holy Spirit of understanding and eternal life. Those who compromise and break God’s commandments, exalting their own traditions and justifying themselves instead of sincerely REPENTING; WILL NOT have God’s Spirit and WILL NOT understand the Word of God.

Again it is written of Jesus Christ, that even eternal salvation is dependent on total obedience to Christ; who commanded us to also obey God the Father, as He himself obeyed God the Father.

Hebrews 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 5:9 And being made perfect, he [Yeshua, Jesus] became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; 5:10  Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

Mark 4:13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?

The parable of the sower is explained

4:14 The sower soweth the word [the Gospel of Warning, Repentance and Salvation through faithful uncompromising diligent obedience to live by every Word of God].

4:15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

How many of us have been enticed by the pleasures of this world.  This verse is key to understanding that buying on Sabbath and Holy Days for our own pleasure [contrary to God’s Word] is a great sin.  

We MUST WAKE UP and TURN BACK TO ZEAL FOR OUR CREATOR AND HIS WAYS!

We MUST REPENT of idolizing our false traditions, corporate organizations and mere mortal men; and TURN BACK to our espoused spiritual Husband and God the Father, in enthusiastic, loving, zealous, uncompromising, obedience! We must dedicate ourselves to PLEASING God and doing what God says is right; instead of pleasing ourselves and doing what we think is right!

4:16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 4:17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.

4:18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, 4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

The faithfully obedient to Christ will experience many trials; but they will learn from those trials as Christ learned from his trials; and will bring forth much spiritual growth and fruit (John 15),

4:20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

Now Jesus declares that all things will be ultimately be revealed. Consider that all our deeds will be made known: therefore make sure that all our deeds are godly, lest we see great shame when our wickedness becomes common knowledge.

When we please God he will see and his reward is with him: when we sin in secret, God sees and he will reveal our deeds and we shall be ashamed.

4:21 And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? 4:22 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come [become known] abroad.

Jesus then warns that we shall receive of the things of God in direct measure, according to what we do with the understanding God gives us.

4:23 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. 4:24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you [what you receive from God is in direct proportion to the effort you give to study and obeying God’s Word]: and unto you that hear [who Listen and KEEP the Word of God] shall more be given.

He that studies and prays for understanding shall receive; IF he also makes what he learns a part of his behaviour and KEEPS what he learns.

4:25 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.

Jesus then likens the Kingdom of God to the spreading of much seed [the broad preaching of the Gospel of REPENTANCE] so that at the time of reaping there is much fruit. The seed of the Gospel must germinate and grow in each person until they die and then comes the harvest; which is what the Biblical Festivals are all about; the reaping of the early harvest in the spring and then the reaping of the main harvest in the autumn.

4:26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; 4:27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.4:28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn [grain] in the ear. 4:29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.

The Family of God is likened to a very small seed which grows to fill the whole earth

4:30 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? 4:31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: 4:32 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.

4:33 And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear [learn] it. 4:34 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.

The crossing of the sea

4:35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 4:36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.

4:37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 4:38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we [all] perish? 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

When the sea was calmed; Jesus asked his disciples why they had no faith, that he who cast out demons and healed the sick could not be saved from a storm? Even today there is no faith in the church, no faith that we may depend on our espoused Husband; and when we face trials we immediately begin to compromise with the Word of God trying to save ourselves; when we should be running to our God, as our ONLY REFUGE and Mighty High Tower of Strength!

4:40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? 4:41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

 

Mark 5

Mark 5:1 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.

Now after the lack of faith shown on the sea, Jesus was provided an opportunity to demonstrate that he had power over whole legions of demons. This would have helped to increase the faith of the disciples in Christ. Note that a legion typically had about 5,000 members. Whether this was a true full legion, or simply used the word “legion” as a designation of a very large number is not known; but the numbers were very large for unclean spirits in a single individual.

5:2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 5:3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: 5:4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.

5:5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. 5:6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, 5:7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.

5:8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.

5:9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. 5:10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.

The incident of the swine

This was likely allowed to demonstrate that the demons were real and the great power of God in Christ over them.

5:11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. 5:12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. 5:13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.

The local people then feared the power of God in Christ; but instead of repenting they begged him to leave them alone. How like Israel they were: Israel who wanted a man to be between them and God; even as today we fear and want a man or organization to stand between us and God.

5:14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. 5:15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.

5:16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine. 5:17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.

The delivered man chose to go with Christ; but was asked to go tell his friends

5:18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. 5:19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. 5:20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

Then Jesus and his disciples came back across to Capernaum

5:21 And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea.

The woman of faith

5:22 And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, 5:23 And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. 5:24 And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.

5:25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, 5:26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, 5:27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. 5:28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

5:29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

5:30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? 5:31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? 5:32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. 5:33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.

5:34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

Jairus daughter raised to life; as Jesus did with Lazarus, this was a demonstration that it is through Christ that the dead are resurrected

John 11:24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? 11:27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world

Mark 5:35 While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? 5:36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.

5:37 And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.

5:38 And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. 5:39 And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.

5:40 And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying. 5:41 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.

5:42 And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment. 5:43 And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.

 

Mark 6

Jesus then traveled to Nazareth

Mark 6:1 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him.

Many said: “is this not that fellow that we knew growing up, how is it that he thinks he knows more than his elders?” And they rejected him in spite of his wise teachings and mighty deeds. It was because of their pride that they refused to hear from someone they regarded as beneath themselves; it is even so today as people reject the warning and repentance message of the true Gospel being published out of PRIDE in their own ways.

6:2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

6:4 But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but [except] in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.

No great deeds could be done for these people because of their LACK of FAITH!

6:5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. 6:6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.

The twelve were sent out two by two with no provision for their daily needs; perhaps to build FAITH in the power of God to provide

6:7 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits; 6:8 And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: 6:9 But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats. 6:10 And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place. 6:11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

In the spiritual sense the sins of today’s Ekklesia are very like the sins of Sodom whom we despise.

Ezekiel 16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. 16:50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

The twelve then preached the Gospel; and what did they preach? REPENTANCE!

Remember that to break ANY commandment, as in compromising with the Sabbath; is to break the whole Word of God.  Example:  If we break the neck of a vase, we have broken the whole vase!

Mark 6:12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent. 6:13 And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.

Herod hears of Christ and fears, for he thought that John was risen from the dead.

6:14 And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. 6:15 Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets. 6:16 But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead.

6:17 For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife: for he had married her. 6:18 For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother’s wife.

Herodias conspires against John, as she feels her position with the king is being compromised by John’s rebuke of their unlawful and incestuous marriage to her uncle and Herod’s own brother’s wife. 

6:19 Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not: 6:20 For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.

It is not wrong to acknowledge the passing of the years! It IS WRONG to do so by paganisms, such as birthday cakes, candles etc.

6:21 And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee; 6:22 And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee.

In this Herod event, we have an example of a daughter obeying her mother instead of obeying God. We are to obey our parents “In the Lord;” and not to disobey God to obey our parents.

Matthew 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

Mark 6:23 And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom. 6:24 And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist. 6:25 And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist.

Herod having made a rash oath before his nobles andfelt obligated to fulfill it

6:26 And the king was exceeding sorry [perhaps for political reasons as the people thought John a prophet]; yet for his oath’s sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her. 6:27 And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison, 6:28 And brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother. 6:29 And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.

The twelve reported back, and they went to a private place to talk

6:30 And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. 6:31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. 6:32 And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.

Many people seeing them leave, followed them. This is an example of what the Kingdom of God will be like as all nations turn to God the Father and Jesus Christ; having their minds opened with Satan restrained from influencing anyone.

6:33 And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him. 6:34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

The disciples being concerned as the evening approached, advised Jesus to send the people home.

6:35 And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed [it is very late]: 6:36 Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat.

The miracle of the five loaves

Today this is misunderstood as American style loaves: it actually means pita or Greek style rounds of bread. It was five tortillas or pita rounds; far less then full American style loaves

6:37 He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat? 6:38 He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.

6:39 And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. 6:40 And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. 6:41 And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.

6:42 And they did all eat, and were filled. 6:43 And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. 6:44 And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.

The disciples were sent to cross the lake by ship while Jesus were to a private place to pray.

6:45 And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. 6:46 And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.

At evening as the ship struggled in the sea, Jesus walked across the water to them. This was another lesson in FAITH, still needed after the twelve had gone on a preaching tour without money and Christ’s feeding of the people and the many other miracles of Christ.

The book of Mark is about FAITH and the many deeds of Christ to teach and instill FAITH into the disciples for their and our benefit.

How can we compromise with the Word of God; if we truly love and have FAITH in him? Why exchange a visit to a restaurant on Sabbath, for eternal life in the government of God?

Why is it that we have the scriptures and the records of the Mighty Deeds of Christ and yet we value the birthright of our calling as little as Esau valued his birthright? Selling our future for a few moments of worldly pleasures?

WHERE IS OUR FAITH TODAY?  In ourselves and our corporations: Or in God?

6:47 And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land.

6:48 And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.

6:49 But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: 6:50 For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. 6:51 And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.

How we have hardened our hearts against our Lord, in order to maintain our false traditions!

6:52 For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.

6:53 And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore. 6:54 And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him, 6:55 And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was.

6:56 And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.

 

Mark 7

The traditions of men versus the commandments of God

Mark 7:1 Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem. 7:2 And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault. 7:3 For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders. 7:4 And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables.

This is a condemnation of anyone who exalts their own traditions above the Word of God, making God’s law of no effect while still paying lip-service to God. It is the same today with elders calling the Sabbath Day holy and then going out to pollute it. 

Matthew also writes about this incident:

Matthew 15:2  Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. 15:3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? 15:4  For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. 15:5  But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; 15:6  And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. 

Today we do this very same thing and many other things [including polluting the Sabbath and Holy Days] we reject the scriptures for our own false traditions!.

15:7  Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 15:9  But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

The ancient Mosaic Pharisees are misunderstood today as being zealous for the law of God; and because Jesus criticized the Pharisees it is wrongly thought that those who are zealous for God’s Word are Pharisaical.  Nothing could be further from the truth! 

The ancient Mosaic Pharisees were NOT zealous for the Word and law of God!  There were extremely zealous for their own traditions which made the law of God of no effect!  Just like today’s Ekklesia!  Today professing Christians call the zealous for God, Pharisees; when it is they themselves who are zealous for their own traditions ABOVE the Word and law of God: who are the real Pharisees!

Mark 7:5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? 7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. 7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

How often have we given overlarge offerings and neglected the families that we have a Godly responsibility for?  How often do we pollute the weekly Sabbath and Holy Days according to our traditions and reject God’s Word on the subject?  And now we reject God’s promised increase in knowledge for the last days, rejecting the Biblical Calendar and the deeper meaning of the Biblical Festivals, to cleave to our false traditions!  

7:10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: 7:11 But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban [an offering to the church], that is to say, a gift, [he shall be free from helping his parents and family] by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free. 7:12 And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; 7:13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

Jesus uses the subject of unwashed hands and expands it to a spiritual principle, that it is the DEEDS of a man which defile his character. We are to be always totally faithful and obedient to all of the commandments and teachings of the scriptures; to be SPIRITUALLY CLEAN before God!

To cling to our own false traditions makes us UNCLEAN before God, and makes us idolaters for exalting our own ways above the ways and will of God.

7:14 And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand: 7:15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.

7:16 If any man have [the Spirit of God] ears to hear, let him [understand] hear.

Jesus then explains this parable to his disciples

7:17 And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. 7:18 And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; 7:19 Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats? 7:20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.

7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 7:23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Jesus then went to Tyre to rest, but was well known there and could not hide himself

7:24 And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.

A humbling example of faith and humility

7:25 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: 7:26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.

7:27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.

How many among our proud people would have taken this apparent racial insult and responded in this humble manner? This is one of the most astonishing and outstanding examples of true humility before God! and it should make us all ashamed for our pride and self justifying against God by exalting our traditions above God’s Word.

7:28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs. 7:29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. 7:30 And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.

Decapolis

Jesus then toured the Ten Cities of Decapolis and returned to Galilee.

7:31 And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis.

The healing of the deaf mute. These healings of the sight and of the hearing were analogous of the healing of the spirit; and the opening of the eyes to see spiritually and the ears to hear [understand] spiritual things, and opening of mouths to speak the wisdom of God, by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the calling of God the Father.

7:32 And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him. 7:33 And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue; 7:34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.

7:35 And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain. 7:36 And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it; 7:37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

 

Mark 8

The miracle of the seven loaves

Mark 8:1 In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them, 8:2 I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat: 8:3 And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far.

8:4 And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?

8:5 And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven. 8:6 And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people. 8:7 And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them. 8:8 So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets.

8:9 And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.

After feeding the people, Christ encounters certain Pharisees who demand a sign from him. It is amazing that they were blind to all the signs already provided.

8:10 And straightway he entered into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha. 8:11 And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him. 8:12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.

An account is also given in:

Matthew 12:38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. 12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 

That is; three complete days and three complete nights; not parts of days and nights.

Mark 8:13 And he left them, and entering into the ship again departed to the other side.

Jesus began to teach his disciples about the leaven of the Pharisees which is self justification and pride, which same leaven of sin has overwhelmed the church of God today.

8:14 Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf. 8:15 And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod. 8:16 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread.

Jesus explains to the disciples that he was not speaking of the leaven of bread, but about the arrogant attitude of pride in our own false ways.

8:17 And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? 8:18 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? 8:19 When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. 8:20 And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven.

8:21 And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand? 8:22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.

We need our spiritual eyes to be healed:

Revelation 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Mark 8:23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. 8:24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees [stick figures] , walking. 8:25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. 8:26 And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.

Jesus asked his disciples who they thought he was.  He did not go around claiming titles, he demonstrated his calling by his actions, by his fruits; and only rarely spoke of himself as the Messiah.

8:27 And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am? 8:28 And they answered, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets. 8:29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ. 8:30 And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.

Jesus then began to teach them about his coming sufferings and sacrifice

8:31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.

Peter then declared, “not so Lord,” as he could not at that time understand and was filled with love and loyalty to Jesus

8:32 And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.

Christ then rebuked Peter, saying that Peter was thinking in physical terms and not understanding the mission and scriptures about Christ; and in so doing was rejecting the scriptures.

Even so we, being full of zeal for our own traditions, war against the scriptures and commandments of God.

8:33 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.

Jesus commanded his disciples to deny themselves worldly things and to bear our burdens for our zeal for God, in order to faithfully FOLLOW HIM in living by every Word of God (Mat 4:4).

8:34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Those who seek to save their physical life or reduce trails in the flesh by turning away from the Word of God; WILL lose the gift of life eternal

8:35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose [give] his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.

Those who seek the pleasures of this world or who seek after physical wealth and power; seek to grasp the wind and will lose all

8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 8:37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Any person or group who moderates the Gospel into a business model, teaching what people want to hear to attract followers; anyone who is ashamed to STAND UP and DECLARE THE TRUTH: is a disgrace before God and has NOT valued his birthright and has no faith in the Mighty Power of Jesus Christ and God the Father to Save!

Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people [God’s called out] their transgression, and the [physical and spiritual Israel] house of Jacob their sins.

Mark 8:38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity

 

Mark 9

The light of God’s Spirit, and the salt of zeal for God and his Word

Let us cast off our lukewarmness for the practical application of the Word of God, and be salted with zeal for God and his will; fill ourselves with the oil of God’s Spirit; that the light of our example of obedience and godliness may shine forth to all men.

Jesus prophesies that some of his disciple will see Him in a vision of the Kingdom of God; and will later see him resurrected in his glory and power as High Priest and King of the Kingdom of God.

Mark 9:1 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.

Six days later James, Peter and John see the Kingdom in a vision

9:2 And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.

Moses and Elijah were the two men who stood fast by Jesus in all things; the two witnesses are types of these two men.

The word lamp stand which features olive oil burning with a wick to provide light, was rendered as candlestick by the KJ translators due to the use of candles at the time in Britain and in the Catholic Anglican church. Thus completely obscuring the meaning of the scripture.

Zechariah  4:1 And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep. 4:2 And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick [lampstand] all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: 

4:3 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.

4:4  So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord?

These two pour through themselves the oil of God’s Spirit into the lamp stand of the seven churches; and as the burning oil in the seven branches of the Temple lamp stand produces light, the oil of the Holy Spirit fills the seven churches with the light of God’s Word

There are seven lamps on the lampstand; one lamp for each of the seven churches

Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

Each light represents one of the seven churches; and if those individuals who have the problems of any of these seven churches do not overcome those problems; their light will be extinguished. Some who have the problems of the seven churches will repent and the seven lights will shine again; but individually those who have these problems must repent or have their personal light [of God’s spirit] removed.

ALL these attitudes exist together at the end times [today] as they did in the first century!

Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.  

Zechariah 4:11 Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? 4:12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? 4:13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. 4:14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.

Revelation 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks  [lamp stands] standing before the God of the earth.

Mark 9:3 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. 9:4 And there appeared unto them Elias [Elijah] with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.

9:5 And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. 9:6 For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid.

In the vision Moses and Elijah were presented as the two who stood by Messiah the Christ the King of kings, and God’s two latter day prophets will be like Moses and Elijah in their zeal to live by every Word of God.

9:7 And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

9:8 And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves.

The men were told to keep silent about this vision until it was fulfilled by the resurrection and glorification of Christ. Yes the two types of Moses and Elijah will come soon to prepare the way for the coming of Messiah the Christ.

9:9 And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead. 9:10 And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean.

The vision triggered up thoughts of Elijah and so they asked Jesus about him. A type of Elijah [John Baptist]  did come before Christ at his birth in the flesh; and another person [type of Elijah] shall also come in the spirit of Elijah to prepare the way before the soon coming of Christ.

9:11 And they asked him, saying, Why say the scribes that Elias must first come? 9:12 And he answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought. 9:13 But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him. 9:14 And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them.

The scribes rebuked the common people for seeking Christ and he asked them why they did this. This is like the Ekklesia today who persecute people who are zealous for the Word of God; saying follow us instead of the scriptures.

9:15 And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him. 9:16 And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them?

A question of faith in God

9:17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; 9:18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. 9:19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. 9:20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.

9:21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. 9:22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.

A lesson in seeking faith from God

9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 9:24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

9:25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. 9:26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. 9:27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.

9:28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? 9:29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting [complete faith and obedience, coupled with humility before God] .

9:30 And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and he would not that any man should know it.

Jesus then taught his disciples in private about his coming death and resurrection; which they could not yet understand.

9:31 For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day. 9:32 But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.

The subject of who would be the greatest begins to appear; this is the same unconverted rivalries that corrupts the brethren today. Jesus warned of and forbade such rivalries and we see the fruits of our own disobedience to his instructions throughout the splitting organizations today.

9:33 And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? 9:34 But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.

Jesus knew their thoughts even if they wanted to keep their attitudes private. Consider that you exalters of yourselves: Jesus Christ will have NO PART with you, who disobey his teachings.

9:35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall [must] be last [least] of all, and servant of all.

Jesus then taught that we are to follow his example of childlike innocence, humility, loving faithfulness and whole hearted obedience to God the Father.

9:36 And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, 9:37 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.

The attitude of competition was rebuked by Jesus as it was by Moses. The false teaching that some corporate group is the one and only true church has got to go!

Numbers 11:27 And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp. 11:28  And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them. 11:29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit upon them!

I agree fully and absolutely: I would that all the people were like Moses and Elijah! 

Mark 9:38 And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. 9:39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. 9:40 For he that is not against us is on our part.

You elders who persecute the zealous; will you not follow the example of Gamaliel and wait to see the end of the matter? Consider what Jesus had to say about those who helped or persecuted his little ones!

Yes, for breaking the commandments rebuke them, but for zealous obedience, rebuke them NOT, lest you be judged by their Master!

9:41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward. 9:42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.

Let ABSOLUTELY NOTHING interfere with your relationship with Jesus Christ and God the Father.

9:43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 9:44 Where their worm [maggots] dieth not [eats them up and becomes flies], and the fire [of Gehenna] is not quenched [until all is consumed]. 9:45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 9:46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 9:47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: 9:48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Our example of godliness is to be the salt of the earth; and we are to let the light of our godly Christ-like example shine brightly for all to see. As something bland and unacceptable, is made tasty and desirable by the addition of salt; our zeal to be LIKE Jesus Christ and God the Father, makes us acceptable to God.

Salt is a metaphor for our zeal to live by every Word of God! like the perfect love and zeal of Christ, to do the will of God the Father!

Salt is a type of the passionate internalizing of the Word and nature of God by diligent study, sincere repentance, and an absolutely uncompromising, dedicated, diligent zeal to live by every Word of God!

My friends, many pay lip-service to God and have a form of godliness; WITHOUT THE SALT of ardent passionate zealous love for living by every Word of our God! Therefore their lamp light is flickering out as they quench the Spirit of God.

Today the light of all seven churches is flickering OUT!

We NEED these two sons of oil [filled with the light and Spirit of God, and pouring out the oil of God’s Spirit into the seven lamps of the called out; to bring us to sincere repentance, to strengthen what is ready to die and to restore all things to what God intended from the very beginning!  Preparing the way for the coming of Christ and the Kingdom of God!

God is going to bring us to repentance by a great correction; instilling in us the salt of zeal, through the fire of affliction, and the work of his two “Olive Trees”!

9:49 For every one shall be salted with fire [must be salted with a burning zeal for the Word of God ], and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt [as a lesson in making our service acceptable through enthusiastic zeal]. 9:50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt [zeal for godliness] in yourselves, and have peace one with another [In the LORD].

The zeal of the saints is the salt that makes this world endurable to God; if we lose our savor of enthusiasm for God the Father’s will: What is left?  A passionate enthusiastic zeal for the whole Word of God is what brings spiritual unity and peace between the brethren!

 

Mark 10

Mark 10:1 And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea by [way of] the farther [east] side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again [as they walked along].

Divorce and remarriage expounded by the Creator of male and female.

10:2 And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.

10:3 And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? 10:4 And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away.

Divorce was allowed because of the UNCONVERTED, UNREPENTANT, SINFUL NATURE OF MAN; as a means of alleviating suffering. Christ knew that men and women would be unkind, unforgiving and full of selfishness, and granted that when the situation became insufferable a divorce might take place. Yet divorce was NEVER intended and was NEVER the will of the Creator.

The will of God is that a marriage should be dissolved ONLY by death; that any couple in the faith and supposedly with God’s Spirit; supposedly loving, kind hearted, forgiving, repentant, who divorces in the faith is committing sin against God’s will and against his Spirit!

We will be forgiven by God in direct proportion to how we forgive others, and if we cannot forgive the one that we have vowed before God to love for a lifetime; THEN WE ARE NOT FIT TO BE A PART OF THE BRIDE OF CHRIST!

10:5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.

Physical marriage was meant to teach us the eternal, passionately loving, repentant, caring, cooperative, obedient, faithful wife that the Creator wants for eternity. And was to be a tiny example of the kind of passionately loving, giving, forgiving, faithful Creator Husband!

The called out and unconverted are supposed to be filled with the Spirit, the very nature, of Jesus Christ.

10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. 10:7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; 10:8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.

Jesus then commands the will of God that when a couple is joined in the God created institution of marriage: They are NOT TO DIVORCE!

10:9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

A private instruction to the Called Out disciples of Jesus Christ. We are supposed to be the called out disciples of Christ; let us therefore listen to and follow his instructions.

10:10 And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter.

10:11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. 10:12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

To separate for a short time is permissible, but divorce is the fruit of SIN on the part of one or both spouses. Behind all the problems in a marriage is usually the sin of selfishness, of wanting ones own way. “You will do what I say; no, I have my rights.”  Instead of communicating and cooperating with each other, in such passionate love that each is willing to cooperate and serve the other even unto death for each other.

And if because of a hardness of heart by one or both spouses, a separation is made; they are NOT to remarry!

1 Corinthians 7:10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: 7:11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.

1 Corinthians 7:39 The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord. [and the same for the husband]

Divorce is only permitted for adultery. Therefore if a spouse leaves [divorces] they are unconverted

Matthew 5:32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication [pornea (adultery or any type of sexual infidelity) or its spiritual counterpart willful rebellion (spiritual adultery) against God and God’s Word.], causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

Divorce is a great evil, but remarriage is adultery and is a greater evil. No person who divorces and remarries in the faith shall enter the Kingdom of God without repentance.

Matthew 19:9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

19:10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.

19:11  But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. 19:12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

If a couple in the faith divorces; to remarry is to live in adultery.

Nevertheless, to repent and be baptized is to have all past sins removed, therefore a hundred divorces and remarriages BEFORE conversion, is washed away at baptism and one goes forward in a new life in Christ.

We are to NEVER marry outside the faith, however if when one is baptized, being already married to an unconverted spouse, and they later leave, never having committed themselves to the faith; then the converted person is like they are single and are not bound to the antagonistic unconverted spouse.  Likewise if they marry in good faith within the faith and their spouse proves to be sinful and unconverted and leaves; the converted person is not bound to the wicked spouse. 

1 Corinthians 7:15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage [bound by the law of marriage] in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.

The lesson of childlike trust, faith and teachability.

Mark 10:13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. 10:14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

Whoever is filled with a hunger and thirst for spiritual knowledge, and is willing to learn and keep the teachings of the heavenly Father like an enthusiastic young child; is of the Kingdom of God.

Those who are complacent and lacking in zeal for learning more and more godliness; who sit back on their own traditions and stand on the past, not continually growing in grace [repentance] and knowledge, towards a full unity with the Father:  Is NOT of God!.

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Mark 10:15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. 10:16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

The question of how to inherit eternal life; the key question about the way to salvation

10:17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

Even though he was perfect and sinless, Jesus while in the flesh demonstrated true humility; and understood the whole hearted love of his Father in heaven, saying that only God [in this case meaning the Father] is good.

10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

Jesus said: To enter eternal life: KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS!

10:19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. 10:20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.

Jesus then pointed out the one commandment that the young man was [possibly unknowingly] breaking. Placing material things above the spiritual, which is the sin of idolatry. This same sin is extant and has overwhelmed the COG today.

10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. 10:22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

Trusting in transitory physical things which we can see and hold in our hands, is a great distraction away from the spiritual things of lasting value.

10:23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 10:24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! 10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

10:26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? 10:27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

Peter then asks what is the reward of the disciples of Christ?

10:28 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.

Jesus then said that the true brethren will indeed enter the larger family of brethren, based on the foundation of unity with Christ. Those who turn from physical desires to desire the spiritual things of Christ shall have that love and committed dedication to Christ and the Father as their foundation for unity among themselves.

Oh, my dear friends, those of you who would compromise with unity with God to gain an appearance of corporate unity have gone very far astray and have been deceived into rejecting the ONLY source and foundation of true unity among the brethren: Which is a full personal unity with God, through the internalizing of the nature of God within ourselves by the passionate committed dedicated keeping of all his commandments and the doing of God’s will; through the exercising of the gift of the spirit of God!

10:29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, 10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

There are those who have been in the faith for 60 years and have been basically treading water; with little growth. Then there are some who have been in the faith for only a few years who have learned and grown more than those of sixty years in the faith.

That is the meaning that many of those first called, shall be last in the Kingdom; while many who are called last, shall have a first or higher place. The parable of the talents makes this plain. The reward is according to the zealous effort put into internalizing the nature of God and growing in grace [repentance and overcoming] and knowledge.

Matthew 25:24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

25:26  His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 25:27  Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

25:28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 25:29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

Mark 10:31 But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.

Jesus began to teach his disciples those things that should shortly befall him; and they were astonished and afraid for they had thought that he would bring the Kingdom right then.

10:32 And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him, 10:33 Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: 10:34 And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.

James and John who had seen the transfiguration seek the preeminence. This is no different today with many seeking personal preeminence instead of the humility of Christ.

10:35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire. 10:36 And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you? 10:37 They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.

Jesus asks them of they are willing to be martyred for him. At that time they did not understand, but later they would have understood when they saw Christ crucified.

10:38 But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? 10:39 And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: 10:40 But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.

Rivalry among the disciples of Christ, as it is today.

10:41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John.

Jesus gives instructions in godly leadership.

10:42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. 10:43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister [servant]: 10:44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be [the most humble servant among you] servant of all.

10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

The healing of blind Bartimaeus; an example for the Kingdom of God when Christ shall open all eyes and all shall see and understand the things of God:

Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 2:29  And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 2:30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.

2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.

Mark 10:46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. 10:47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. 10:48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.

10:49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. 10:50 And he, casting away his garment [coat], rose, and came to Jesus.

10:51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. 10:52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole.And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

 

Mark 11

The entry of Christ into Jerusalem before the Passover

This was a fore-type of an even greater entry into Jerusalem when Christ comes WITH his saints to deliver all Israel and al humanity from the madness of rebellion against the only way to peace and life.

In Israel it was customary for a new king to ride into his capitol on a colt of an ass which had never been ridden before. Jesus by entering the city in this manner was openly declaring himself to be a king.

Matthew says that both an ass and a colt were taken.  The colt would have been ridden and its mother accompanied them.

Matthew 21:2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.

It is very possible that the mother ass was tethered there, along with her youngish colt. But  the disciples intending to bring the colt, it would be expected that the mother ass would accompany the colt, if only to keep it from becoming too nervous. Such asses, accompanied by their colts, were a regular sight around Jerusalem.

Mark 11:1 And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples, 11:2 And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him. 11:3 And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.

11:4 And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him. 11:5 And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt? 11:6 And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go.

11:7 And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments [for a horse blanket] on him; and he sat upon him.

They then began the about two mile triumphal journey into the city; as a king proceeding to his coronation. Along the way he was welcomed as a new king which further enraged the jealousy and fear of those who had tried to defeat him. They may have thought, like the disciples, that he was about to declare himself king with the support of the people and that their days of rule were coming to an end.

Can you imagine Christ’s future triumphal procession along WITH his resurrected saints, as they march from the Mount of Olives into the city of Jerusalem as the liberators of all humanity on that day!!! May God speed the day!!!

11:8 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way. 11:9 And they that went before, and they that followed [those that surrounded him], cried, saying, Hosanna [salvation, save us, deliver us]; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: 11:10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.

Jesus went to the temple when he entered the city that Friday, and then left the city near sunset beginning the Sabbath.

11:11 And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.

11:12 And on the morrow [the weekly Sabbath], when they were come from Bethany [going to the Temple], he was hungry: 11:13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.

Jesus cursed a fig tree when the time for figs was not yet. Why? As a last example for his disciples that those who do not bear fruit; if we do not multiply the talent given to us and bear fruit, we shall have what we have been given taken away and given to another; we shall be unworthy servants and shall not be in the resurrection to spirit.

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

7:23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Mark 11:14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

Then Jesus acted as a king to cleanse the Temple; as he will most assuredly, cleanse and cast the spiritually unprofitable out of his spiritual temple; the called out who have no zeal to live by every Word of God, and cling to false traditions, exalting idols of men and corporate entities instead.

We DO NOT have it made because we are a member of some corporate church! We must become like Christ, and love God the Father and the teachings and commandments of God [with Christ-like zeal] enough to study them and to DO them with a passion for all the things of God!

We MUST have the child-like attitude toward Christ and God the Father that our greatest desire is to: be like HIM!

11:15 And they come to Jerusalem [on the Sabbath]: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; 11:16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.

Jesus Christ did this, cleansing the temple of these money changers and sellers of sacrificial animals on THE SABBATH DAY; and  prevented the carrying of anything on the Sabbath Day.

Jesus acted with the authority of a King and rebuked the people who had made the house of the Father a place of sin by buying and selling on the Sabbath. You leaders of the church today: Take heed that you are not polluting the temple of God [the brethren], with exhortations to compromise with the Sabbath and the commandments of God, as those people did and were CAST OUT!

Today, the people with God’s Spirit are his Temple; that temple is to be made and kept pure and clean from ALL sin: the brethren of the Calling to God are NOT to tolerate any sin or compromise with the Word of God the Father and Jesus Christ!

Anyone who says that Christ loves and understands and will overlook our sins and compromises with God’s Word: IS IGNORANT or a LIAR! Yes Jesus loves and he will forgive the sincerely Repentant!

It is because he loves us that he will NOT forgive unrepented sin!

For unrepented sin is the cause of the decay and death of the ones he loves. Jesus Christ HATES and ABHORS ALL SIN!  He will NOT tolerate any sin and will destroy those who pollute his Father’s house; who pollutes the brethren [the Temple of God’s Spirit], by teaching them to pollute teh Sabbath and High Days and to tolerate sin!

Those who teach compromise with any of God’s commandments like the Sabbath etc; or those who teach the brethren to tolerate sin and wink at evil deeds or false doctrines for the sake of organizational unity: WILL BE DESTROYED for polluting the spiritual temple of God the Father; the called out brethren.

1 Corinthians 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Mark 11:17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves. 11:18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine. 11:19 And when even was come [completing the first full day [a weekly Sabbath] AFTER the day he entered the city], he went out of the city.

The day after the cursing; the fig tree was dried up.

11:20 And in the morning [Sunday], as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.

11:21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.

A lesson of faith

11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

Moving a mountain was only an example; we are to speak according to God’s will.

If we are doing those things that are pleasing to God; which is loving God enough to keep his Word and do his will; we shall receive according to our faith and the will of God.

Nevertheless Satan also gives his servants power to do miracles; and the key of discerning the spirits is to judge their consistency with, or rejection of living by every Word of God.

11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

First forgive others before you ask forgiveness of God 

11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 11:26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

Jesus is asked about his authority

11:27 And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders, 11:28 And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things? 11:29 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.

11:30 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.

11:31 And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him? 11:32 But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.

11:33 And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

 

Mark 12

A parable of the history of physical Israel and how the wicked rebellious nation would not be subject to their Covenant and rejected obeying their LORD, to the point of killing the only son of God the Father; their own Covenant Husband!

Remember the context is right before the Passover of the crucifixion of Christ. The religious establishment understood that he was calling himself the Son of God and filled with desire to kill him.

We should remember that the history of physical Israel is recorded to TEACH us so that we may avoid the same mistakes; yet there are shepherds in the church today, who would not recognize Christ if he appeared to them, and would want to kill him because their doctrine is not his doctrine.

Mark 12:1 And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen and went into a far country.

12:2 And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard. 12:3 And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty.

12:4 And again he sent unto them another servant ; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled. 12:5 And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some.

The Son of God the Father comes also

12:6 Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.

12:7 But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be our’s. 12:8 And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.

Therefore the Mosaic Marriage Covenant was broken, between [because of the death of] the Husband, Jesus Christ, and physical Israel: And a New Covenant (Jer 31) will be made with a Spiritual Israel called out of all nations at the Marriage Feast! [Right now many have been called in espousal to TEST their fitness to become a part of the bride at the resurrection to spirit!]. 

Brethren, we have been called to be a part of the collective bride, but there is no guarantee!  We are being TESTED in this life as to our fitness, and only a few will be chosen.

It is for this reason that physical Israel is called a widow today.

Speaking of life in the Kingdom; Christ says of Israel that he will yet marry [a repentant] Israel again in a NEW Marriage Covenant (Jer 31); and all nations will be grafted into a spiritual Israel!

Here it is clearly stated that the Redeemer is the Creator, who was the Husband of physical Israel under the Mosaic Covenant! and that Israel would become a widow at the death of her Husband, and that her Husband would be raised up to become ruler of all the earth with all nations being grafted into a spiritual Israel!

Isaiah 54:4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. 54:5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

Mark 12:9 What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.

12:10 And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner: 12:11 This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

The religious leaders understood that Yeshua / Jesus was speaking of them and they were furious.  This is also speaking of the leaders and elders of the Ekklesia today, who pay lip service to Christ but reject his commandments and teachings!

12:12 And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they knew that he had spoken the parable against them: and they left him, and went their way.

The religious leaders then sent the doctors of the scriptures to entangle Christ and discredit him before the people

12:13 And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.

Again, remember that this was right before Passover. Jesus was NOT a respecter of any person but proclaimed the truth of God to ALL; including ALL the religious leaders of the church of God of his day and of today! 

Here Jesus tells us to pay our taxes honestly

12:14 And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not? 12:15 Shall we give, or shall we not give?  But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it. 12:16 And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar’s. 12:17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.

A question of the resurrection. This is a trick question for the law of marriage exists only until the death of one of the spouses.

12:18 Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection; and they asked him, saying, 12:19 Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man’s brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.

12:20 Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed. 12:21 And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise. 12:22 And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also. 12:23 In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife.

Jesus does not say to them the obvious fact that marriage ends with death, and therefore she would be the wife of NONE of them in a resurrection; instead he uses the question to reveal a great truth, that those in the resurrection to spirit will be sexless like the angels who neither marry nor reproduce!

Jesus here shows the foolishness of those misguided people who think that angels married human women before the flood.

12:24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God? 12:25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.

Christ then goes on to teach the Sadducees [priests] about the resurrection to spirit, saying that God is the God of the living and that the people of God shall truly live in a resurrection to spirit.

12:26 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? [all of whom lived and died long before Moses] 12:27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.

12:28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first [greatest] commandment of all? 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord [owner, master] our God [Greek generic of gods, used in reference to OUR God] is one Lord [king, ruler, owner, master]: 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 

Loving God enough to live by every Word of God comes FIRST and loving man comes second

Mark 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

12:32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God [Family of Mighty Ones]; and there is none other but he: 12:33 And to love him [the members of the Family [Elohim] called the Mighty Ones (YHVH the eternal ones)] with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

12:34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

Again, this is just before Passover when Christ would be taken and killed. Here Jesus says plainly that although he is the supposed son of David; he is in fact the son of God the Father in heaven, [by virtue of the fact that God reduced the Creator to a human embryo and placed him in the uterus of Mary].

12:35 And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the son of David? 12:36 For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD [the Sovereign Master] said to my [Sovereign Master] Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.

12:37 David therefore himself calleth him [if David calls the Messiah HIS OWN Master; how is David’s Master his own son?] Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.

The Creator gave up his God-hood and was reduced to the tiniest human embryonic life to be inserted into the womb of Mary for a birth from a virgin as was prophesied. Jesus [Hebrew: Yeshua] was the son of David in the sense that it was a daughter of David who carried and gave birth very much like modern methods of implanting a fertilized egg into a woman to give her a child today.

Jesus Christ was the son of God the Father by being placed in the womb by God the Father., Yet Jesus was the Creator and Husband of Israel preexisting his human birth by countless millennia!

Jesus condemns the practices of most elders today, who love to make a show of religiosity and love the adulation of the people and love to have advantage for themselves.

12:38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces, 12:39 And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts: 12:40 Which devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.

In connection with the lesson about those who do things for show and to impress others, Jesus points out the poor and humble as being acceptable by God.

12:41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. 12:42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.

12:43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: 12:44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

 

Mark 13

Mark 13 is the counterpart to Matthew 24. Jesus prophesies that the temple would be destroyed, and the physical temple was destroyed in about 70 A.D.

Mark 13:1 And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here! 13:2 And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

Jesus begins to expound on the last days and his return as King of kings; these prophecies were partially fullfilled in the past will be fulfilled in their fullness in the next few years.

13:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, 13:4 Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?

The first warning is that many deceivers will come in the name of Christ. Consider this very carefully. This has always been applied to various charlatans but it is just as applicable to us today, and Jesus was speaking to his disciples privately!  MANY FALSE ELDERS have been ordained as elders and priests today, who feign godliness as they lead people astray from the Word of God.

If they do not obey Christ and they compromise with his commandments then they have NO PART with Christ.

A person is the servant of the one he OBEYS: and if a man claims to be the servant of Jesus Christ and he is not obeying Jesus Christ; he is NOT the servant of Jesus Christ, no matter what he claims. He is a fraud!

Anyone who teaches tolerance for any sin, is NOT a servant of Jesus Christ!

13:5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: 13:6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Wars and rumours of wars have always been a part of life; yet as this end time progresses, these wars are becoming more and more.

This now obviously coming regional war in the Middle East is a part of this prophecy of wars and rumours of war, and it will NOT be the end; yet, it is also an essential part of setting up the conditions for a genuine dialogue for peace to ultimately fulfill 1 Thessalonians 5:3.

13:7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.

These wars are not the end, however they are the beginning of the end time process.

13:8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

The scriptures tell us that when peace and safety is declared, Jerusalem is surrounded by armies, and the final false prophet goes to the holy place; the great tribulation will begin. 

For a detailed study into the prophecies for our time; look for our book “Bible Prophecy Tribulation and Deliverance” available at CreateSpace in the USA, or internationally at your local Amazon bookstore.

At that time, those of God’s people who heed the warnings will be taken to a place prepared of God; while Satan will go to attack and persecute those remaining behind.

Revelation 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood [of armies]. 12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and [an earthquake destroys the pursuers] swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out [satan had commanded] of his mouth.

Those who chose not to leave will be caught up in great tribulation and will repent and witness before all nations.

12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Today’s professing Christians will NOT choose to leave in any significant numbers, for the pillars are scattered individuals.

The TEST will be a choice between following God against what the corporate groups say; or following these corporate entities contrary to God’s Word and God’s true servants..

There is a mighty work about to begin by God’s two servants and by the repentant remnant of Laodicea! Not an organizational work, but the personal work of repentant individuals when the corporations are destroyed.

Mark 13:9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.

The true and complete Gospel will then be published to all nations by the two servants of God and the scattered repentant Laodicean remnant. Then, AFTER the three angels proclaim the Gospel to the whole earth; the Kingdom will come.

Revelation 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

14:7  Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

14:9  And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations. [by those in the tribulation and by God’s two servants]

13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. 13:12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.

If we endure through the tribulation, repentant and zealous for God and all his commandments; as a true godly example for all people; the Laodicean shall be saved.

13:13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

When the final false prophet goes to the holy place it will trigger the great tribulation. The phrase “ (let him that readeth understand,)” strongly indicates that many will not understand this fact; and therefore will not heed the warnings of God’s two servants. Not seeing the danger the unrepentant Laodiceans will be caught up in the tribulation and will then quickly repent becoming witnesses in their communities.

Daniel wrote that from the setting up of the abomination there shall be a maximum of 1,335 days until Christ comes. Take 1,335 and subtract 1,260 days for the tribulation, and you will see that from the time he is set up in Rome it will take him 75 days to bring the New Europe together and then he will go to the Holy Place to trigger the tribulation.

During that 75 days we will learn the date that he plans to go to Jerusalem which may provide weeks of advance warning

13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: 13:15 And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house: 13:16 And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment. 13:17 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 13:18 And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.

13:19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.

13:20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days [shortened the time to 1,260 days].

Jesus then warns of the lying wonders of false teachers including the final false prophet. We are warned that wonders and miracles are not the sign of a man of God. The sign of a man of God is that he DOES what God commands!

2 Thessalonians 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

If the worker of wonders who teaches falsely is not to be followed; What of the man who teaches tolerance for sin who does NO wonders? Such wicked men are NOT to be followed as well! 

Deuteronomy 13:1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 13:2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;

13:3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

Mark 13:21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

13:23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.

Jesus confirms that he was speaking of events DURING the tribulation. He then speaks of the heavenly signs and of the resurrection to spirit from wherever they are.

13:24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, 13:25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.

13:26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. 13:27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

Jesus warns that when we see these things begin to happen [like a genuine dialogue for peace, the setting up of the abomination in the Vatican, the coming together of the New Europe and the making of the appointment for the final pope to visit the holy place] we will know the date when the tribulation will start.

The generation that sees these things will not pass before Christ comes WITH his saints to set up the Kingdom of God over all the earth!

13:28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: 13:29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. 13:30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done. 13:31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

At that time Jesus had not yet fulfilled his mission to die for the sins of his creation, and to rise to be accepted by God the Father as the High Priest of our salvation. Later in Revelation 5 these things including the day that the Kingdom will be established were revealed to Christ.

Be careful here; it is certainly possible that Christ will come WITH his saints, some time BEFORE the Kingdom is established on the Feast of Pentecost, to destroy the enemy first and then to wait for the day of Pentecost!

13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

Be watchful, especially as you see these signs being fulfilled. You need NOT be taken by surprise! You have been warned! You KNOW the signs! Watch therefore as children of the light!  You may not know the exact date, but you know the general time and should be awake, alert and diligently preparing and watching!

1 Thessalonians 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5:5  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

Mark 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

13:34 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.

13:35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: 13:36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

13:37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

 

 

Mark 14

In those days it was customary as it is today to use the word “Passover” to mean the whole period of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The meaning here is that this was two days before the Passover day which is the day before the first High Day beginning the seven day Feast of Unleavened Bread.

These elders sought to kill Jesus and decided that it had to be done immediately so as not to be done on the High Holy Day, but to do it on two days hence on the Passover day.

Mark 14:1 After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death. 14:2 But they said, Not on the feast day [not on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread], lest there be an uproar of the people.

Jesus had been teaching his disciples about his coming death and they could not believe him, yet in a lesson of humility for them all, a woman did believe and came to him with tears for His coming death, anointing his head.  Others report that the ointment was poured out on his feet; I conclude that it was poured out on both the head and the feet or that there were two different situations.

John 12:3   Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

Mark 14:3 And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper [leper is likely a mistranslation of jar maker or potter], as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.

Then was Judas grieved for he was the group treasurer and wanted to steal from the offerings and was unhappy that the woman anointed Jesus instead of giving the ointment as an offering. It is clear that whole he sought personal gain, he also did not believe that Jesus was about to be killed. Judas did not know that his betrayal would bring about the crucifixion of an innocent.

14:4 And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? 14:5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her. 

When Judas stirred up a ruckus with the other disciples Jesus intervened

14:6 And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me. 14:7 For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always. 14:8 She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying. 14:9 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.

Then Judas was offended and went to the chief priests seeking the money he wanted there. Judas betrayed Christ for money as many church leaders betray the sound doctrine of th Word of God for income or prestige today.

Think about it. When we water down doctrine and the practical application of the commandments to gain more followers and money; WE ARE betraying Christ just as Judas did! We do not understand what we are doing even as Judas did not understand what he was doing!

Satan is GLAD when we seek money instead of a close relationship with God through the diligent keeping of God’s Word! Satan is delighted when we sell our birthright to him for the transitory vapor of physical wealth!

14:10 And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them. 14:11 And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.

Passover and the seven day Feast of Unleavened Bread [ULB] were commonly spoken of as one feast, because unleavened bread was also eaten with the Passover meal. We know that this was Passover and not the Feast of Unleavened Bread because the priests had already said “NOT on the High Day” (Mark 14:2).

Unleavened Bread

The Greek New Testament word Artos  “bread” was simply a general word for bread; however Jesus being sinless kept the commandments; hence we know that the Passover bread was unleavened.  In fact it was Christ as the God YHVH of Israel who gave this commandment.  

Artos is a generic Greek term referring to bread of any kind; both leavened and unleavened. The commandments require UNLEAVENED bread for Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

The term “bread” is sometimes used because it was well understood by the commandments that the Passover bread must be UNLEAVENED according to the law: This, as we might say during the Feast “give me some bread” meaning unleavened bread but not specifying because the point is well understood.

In Egypt, God specifically commanded to eat unleavened bread with the Passover.

Exodus 12:8 [Strong’s Hebrew numbers] And they shall eat 398 8804 the flesh 1320 in that night 3915, roast 6748 with fire 784, and unleavened bread 4682; [and] with bitter 4844 [herbs] they shall eat 398 8799 it

Luke uses the term Azymous “UNLEAVENED” http://www.godrules.net/library/kjvstrongs/kjvstrongsluk22.htmhttp://www.godrules.net/library/kjvstrongs/kjvstrongsluk22.htm

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Matthew and Mark also use the term Azymous “UNLEAVENED.”

Jesus Christ would not have broken his own command.

1 Corinthians 5:8 [Strong’s Greek numbers] Therefore 5620 let us keep the feast 1858 5725, not 3361 with 1722 old 3820 leaven 2219, neither 3366 with 1722 the leaven 2219 of malice 2549 and 2532 wickedness 4189; but 235 with 1722 the unleavened 106 [bread] of sincerity 1505 and 2532 truth 225.(the feast: or, holyday)

Anyone who says that Christ used leavened bread for Passover is accusing Christ of commandment breaking, which is sin.  To say this about Christ is to reject the scriptures that say he was sinless, and denies the sinless sacrifice of the Lamb of God and therefore rejects salvation.

Exodus 12:8  And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

Deuteronomy 16:2   Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the passover unto the Lord thy God, of the flock [sheep] and the herd [goats], in the place which the Lord shall choose to place his name there. 16:3 Thou shalt eat no leavened bread with it;

No leaven was to be eaten with the Passover meal, however leavened products could still be eaten until sunset ending the 14th day.

Paul clearly understood the symbolism of leaven as sin

Speaking of the sin of tolerating adultery; 

1 Corinthians 5:6  Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? [The phrase concerning leaven meaning that even a little sin breaks the whole law.] 

1 Corinthians 5:7  Purge out therefore the old leaven [of sin and REPENT], that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened [the repentant are free of sin]. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

1 Corinthians 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness [leaven is equated with sin]; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Mark 14:12 And the first day of unleavened bread [Not the Feast of Unleavened Bread but so called because they ate unleavened bread with the Passover lamb], when they killed the [on Passover day the 14th day of the first month] passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover? [the Passover NOT the High Day of ULB] 14:13 And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him.

The disciples are told to make ready the Passover at a house [probably an inn that rents out rooms for large parties of guests]

14:14 And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? 14:15 And he will shew you a large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us.

They began the Daily Evening Sacrifice ritual with the hour [time] of prayer at three PM, then there were several hours of prayer and Psalms as well as other rituals; the Evening Sacrifice was then killed and prepared, and then offered on the altar as the sun set.   Then the Passover lambs began to be sacrificed shortly after sunset.

Beware the twists which say that the daily was made at 3 pm;  the process of offering the  Daily Evening Sacrifice  only BEGAN at 3 PM.

At sunset beginning the 14th day of the first month the disciples would have taken a lamb for sacrifice according to the law which Christ understood and obeyed in all of its points. The lamb would have then been prepared and cooked for the Passover meal which probably began about 10 pm. 

The Temple Passover sacrifices began AFTER the Daily Evening Sacrifice which was offered immediately after sunset; then came the Passover sacrifices which because of the multitude of lambs continued right trough the night and into the daylight.  After the Egyptian Passover they had no need to sacrifice before midnight since the destroyer of the first born would not return at midnight.

Out of respect for Christ, we keep the Passover at the time that HE kept it, and we speak his words at the approximate time that HE spoke them; that is, after sunset beginning the 14th.

14:16 And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.

14:17 And in the evening [The lamb had to be killed after sunset about 7:30 PM assuming they were first in line, and then cleaned and cooked so they took the Passover about 10 – 11 pm] he cometh with the twelve.

During the Passover meal Jesus spoke of the betrayer, and the disciples wondered who the betrayer could be.

14:18 And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me. 14:19 And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is it I?

Jesus replies that the betrayer would dip his piece of food in the dish of bitter herbs with him

14:20 And he answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve, that dippeth with me in the dish.

Judas was chosen to do this deed and did not understand what he was doing. Later when he realized that the priests were going to murder an innocent man Judas repented bitterly. He will be forgiven for Jesus said that all things done against him will be forgiven (Mat 12:32); yet Judas had disqualified himself to be a ruler over one of the tribes of Israel in the resurrection and he had lost his reward and the birthright of his calling. 

14:21 The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.

As the meal ended, Jesus took unleavened bread which had always been commanded to be eaten with the Passover lamb; and explained the meaning of the unleavened bread in regards to Passover. He then did the same for the third blessed cup of wine [the “Cup of Redemption”] which was also always taken with the Passover meal.

These were NOT new or changed symbols; they were always Passover symbols, Christ explained their meaning and why the ULB and wine were taken with Passover.

14:22 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. 14:23 And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. 14:24 And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.14:25 Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new [after Christ’s resurrection] in the kingdom of God.

The Four Passover Cups of Wine

The Four “I Wills”

During the Temple period Passover that Jesus Christ observed, the participants in the celebration, partook of four cups of wine.  This is what has become known as the four “I Wills.”  It is taken from Exodus 6:6-7. 

Exodus 6:6-7  Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and

I will bring you out from under the  burdens of the Egyptians, and

I will rid you out of their bondage, and

I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:  And

I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God:  and

ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under  the burdens of the Egyptians  [and spiritually liberates us from bondage to sin].

The first Passover cup, “I will bring you out,” is the  “Cup of Deliverance” [Sanctification, or Calling Out; to sanctify a people to God]. 

The second cup, “I will rid you out of their bondage,” is the “Cup of Praise and Rejoicing” at deliverance from bondage to sin. 

The third cup, “I will redeem you with a stretched out arm,” is the “Cup of Redemption” picturing the redeeming sacrifice of the Lamb of God.  This is the cup that Christ explained represented his own death as the Lamb of God. 

The fourth cup, “I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God,” is the “Cup of Acceptance” picturing the application of the sacrifice to cover all past sins of the sincerely repentant and so reconcile them to God the Father 

To repeat: During the Ezra post exilic temple period, the first cup handed to the disciples to share, opening the Passover meal was called the “Cup of Deliverance”  which was taken after they opened the service with prayer and sang Psalm 136.

They would then have discussed the deliverance of Israel from Egypt and the first Passover, and a second cup, the “Cup of Rejoicing” was then drunk after singing Psalms 113- 114.

Then a third cup of wine, the “Cup of Redemption” was drunk at the END of the meal; which cup represented redemption through the sacrifice of the Lamb of God; and was the cup that Jesus blessed “at the end of the meal” as representative of his shed blood.

Finally as they were ready to leave for the garden after Christ’s last words; they drank the “Cup of Acceptance,” which might also be called the “Cup of Reconciliation” or cup of unity with God the Father; they then sang Psalms 115 – 118 and ended the service.

Mark 14:26 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

Jesus then began to instruct his disciples in what was to happen beginning that very night.

14:27 And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered. 14:28 But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.

Peter protests his loyalty

14:29 But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I. 14:30 And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. 14:31 But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all.

Jesus leaves his disciples and takes three to be with him as he prays

14:32 And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. 14:33 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed [deeply sorrowful , and to be very heavy; 14:34 And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.

Jesus did not want to suffer as he did; yet he was obedient in all things to the will of the Father, as we also should be.  He gave his life to pay for our sins against him. 

14:35 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 14:36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

They had been up since early the previous morning and were full of wine and food, and very tired, still not understanding the terrible spiritual crisis about to fall on them.

14:37 And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? 14:38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. 14:39 And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words.

Jesus knows that the hour had come for his betrayal.

14:40 And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him. 14:41 And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

14:42 Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand. 14:43 And immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.

Judas betrays with a kiss

14:44 And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely. 14:45 And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him. 14:46 And they laid their hands on him, and took him.

A small riot develops which is quickly quelled by the willingness of Christ to go with them.

14:47 And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. 14:48 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take me? 14:49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.

Judas betrayed Christ and the other 11 forsook Christ.

14:50 And they all forsook him, and fled.

14:51 And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him: 14:52 And he left the linen cloth [night gown], and fled from them naked.

Jesus is taken to the High Priest for judgment

14:53 And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes.

14:54 And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire.

No credible accusers could be found.

14:55 And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none. 14:56 For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together. 14:57 And there arose certain, and bare false witness against him, saying, 14:58 We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands. 14:59 But neither so did their witness agree together.

14:60 And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? 14:61 But he held his peace, and answered nothing.

Then Jesus declares that he is the Christ the Son of God

Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? 14:62 And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Jesus is convicted of blasphemy for declaring that he will sit with God on his throne in heaven

14:63 Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses? 14:64 Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death.

Peter fulfills the prophecy of Christ and repents with tremendous bitter sorrow.

14:65 And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands.

14:66 And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest: 14:67 And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth. 14:68 But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch; and the cock crew. 14:69 And a maid saw him again, and began to say to them that stood by, This is one of them.

14:70 And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them: for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth thereto. 14:71 But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak. 14:72 And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept [in bitter repentance].

Brethren, we are now very near the coming of the Bridegroom! Let us turn to our God with ALL our hearts in passionate deep sincere repentance and seek out his ways with all the strength that he gives us. Let us salt our actions with sincere loving obedience to all of God’s will; that we may become a sweet savor to God.  Let us be filled with Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God.

 

Mark 15

After Jesus had claimed to be Messiah, the priests bound him and took him to the governor

Mark 15:1 And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council [Sanhedrin; the Seventy], and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate.

Before Pilate, Christ practically admitted to being King of the Jews

15:2 And Pilate asked him, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering said unto them, Thou sayest it.

Jesus then refused to answer his accusers, that Isaiah 53:7 might be fulfilled.

Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Mark 15:3 And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing. 15:4 And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? behold how many things they witness against thee. 15:5 But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marvelled.

Then a guilty prisoner was released, demonstrating that Jesus the innocent, was to die to save sinful humanity

15:6 Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired. 15:7 And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection. 15:8 And the multitude crying aloud began to desire him to do as he had ever done unto them.

It was the religious establishment who demanded the guilty man be released so that they could kill the innocent.

15:9 But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews? 15:10 For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy. 15:11 But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them.

The priests then taught the people to demand that Christ be crucified

15:12 And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews? 15:13 And they cried out again, Crucify him.

Pilate laboured to save Jesus the innocent; but could not resist the murderous throng

15:14 Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him. 15:15 And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.

The Roman soldiers then mocked him

15:16 And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band. 15:17 And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head, 15:18 And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews! 15:19 And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him. 15:20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.

Jesus being weakened, Simon was forced to bear his stake, showing that all the true followers of Christ must bear their own trials even to the death as Christ bore his.

15:21 And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.

They then crucified him outside the city walls

15:22 And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull. 15:23 And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.

15:24 And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take. 15:25 And it was the third hour [9 AM], and they crucified him.

The crime for which he was crucified was signified by the Romans as having claimed to be the king of the Jews

15:26 And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS.

15:27 And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left. 15:28 And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.

The chief priests then mocked him and many people did likewise

15:29 And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, 15:30 Save thyself, and come down from the cross. 15:31 Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save. 15:32 Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.

As Christ was dying for the sins of the world and those sins were being laid on him, a great darkness of clouds came over the land separating him symbolically from the face of God the Father, for it is our sins that separate us from God.

Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

15:33 And when the sixth hour [12 noon] was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour [3 PM].  This was not an eclipse as some have supposed for an eclipse lasts only a few minutes.  This was from God the Father who covered the land with clouds to signify that the Son was bearing the sins of the world which separates men from God.

15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying [speaking the name of God in Aramaic;  NOT Hebrew], Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

A superstitious person not realizing he spoke in Aramean, reasoned that he called for Elijah to save him. Thinking that Jesus still had some time of life left, they gave him a boost of energy drink and waited to see if Elijah would come.

15:35 And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias. 15:36 And one ran and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down.

Jesus died at about 3 PM and the barrier of sin between God the Father and sincerely repentant man, represented by the veil in the Temple, was torn in two by the sacrifice of the Lamb of God.

15:37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. 15:38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.

The Romans who knew Christ to be innocent, then acknowledged Christ as the son of God. Remember that the Romans were very superstitious and used to having many gods, so this acknowledgment was not a matter of conversion, but of accepting Christ as one God among many gods.

15:39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.

Joseph and the women took the body to bury it BEFORE the High Day Sabbath of the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread; BEFORE the 14th day Passover had ended and the 15th day of the first month had begun.

15:40 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother [of Yeshua, Jesus and of] of James the less and of Joses, and Salome [one of Jesus sisters]; 15:41 (Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto him;) and many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem.

15:42 And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath [the annual High Day Sabbath of the Feast of Unleavened Bread], 15:43 Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counselor [a member of the Sanhedrin], which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.

Pilate was surprised that Joseph claimed Christ was dead and questioned the centurion himself

15:44 And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead. 15:45 And when he knew it [believed the report] of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.

15:46 And he [Joseph] bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre. 15:47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses [the brother of Jesus] beheld where he was laid.

 

Mark 16

Mark 16:1 And when the [three full days and three full nights later when the weekly Sabbath, Friday sunset to Saturday sunset had ended] sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the [the supposed mother of Jesus] mother of James, and Salome [Jesus’ sister], had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.

16:2 And very early in the morning the first day [Sunday] of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun 16:3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? 16:4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was [already] rolled away: for it was very great.

16:5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. 16:6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is [already] risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

16:7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. 16:8 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.

The women were afraid at the angel and needed a little time to recover from the shock. As they delayed in the garden Jesus appeared unto them.

16:9 Now when Jesus was risen [;] early the first day of the week [early Sunday morning], he appeared first to Mary Magdalene [and the other women with her], out of whom he had cast seven devils.

The women then went and told the disciples

16:10 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 16:11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.

Then Peter ran to see for himself

Luke 24:10 It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. 24:11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.

24:12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.

Jesus then appeared to two men as they walked

Luke 24:13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. 24:14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.

24:15  And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. 24:16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.

24:17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?

24:18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?

24:19  And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: 24:20  And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. 24:21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.

24:22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulcher; 24:23  And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. 24:24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.

24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 24:26  Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

24:28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. 24:29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.

24:30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. 24:31  And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. 24:32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

Mark 16:12 After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.

Still the disciples would not believe

16:13 And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them.

Then that Sunday evening as the sun was ready to set, he appeared to the 10; Judas being dead and Thomas absent.

Then Christ taught them and gave them the Holy Spirit of God

John 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 20:20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

The Holy Spirit was given to the 10 [Thomas and Judas not being present] privately on Wave Offering Sunday [and later to Thomas] signifying their apostleship, and would be given publicly to many others weeks later on Pentecost.

20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you [to preach the way of salvation in the world]. 20:22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

John 20:24   But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

20:25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

Mark 16:14 Afterward [eight days later] he appeared unto the eleven [Thomas now present] as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

Mark seems to have the two visits lumped together as Jesus upbraided the ten at the first meeting and then gave them his Spirit, after that the ten would have believed; and Jesus only needed to correct Thomas at the second meeting eight days later.

John 20:26  And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 20:27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 20:28  And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 20:29  Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

This is what Christ taught the eleven at the second meeting

Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

The signs of the believers and obedient faithful followers of Jesus Christ

16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Many days later Christ taught the disciples before he ascended into heaven at Bethany and promised the Holy Spirit would be given to all of his other true disciples on Pentecost

Luke 24:46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:

God’s people are to preach what they had been taught and had witnessed

24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem 24:48 And ye are witnesses of these things.

24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father [the Holy Spirit] upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

24:50  And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 24:51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. 24:52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: 24:53 And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.

Mark 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 16:20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

 

 

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