23 August 2016
Mark

Mark is one of the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke). Mark may be the earliest gospel written. These books have a lot of content in common and they also have a common outline. The outline of these books is geographic:

1. the Galilee ministry

2. On the way to Jerusalem

3. In Jerusalem

In the Galilee ministry, which is basically the first half of the book, the focus is on “Who is Jesus”. Jesus has an extensive healing ministry as well as teaching and preaching. In chapter 4 he begins to use parables and explains their purpose with the parable of the sower. Though not accepted in his hometown in chapter 6, he has quite a backing in Galilee.

MarkThe second half reveals “the suffering and vindicated Son of Man, the Christ and Son of God”. Beginning in 8:22, he is on the way to Jerusalem. He warns them about his coming death and resurrection three times. He stresses discipleship in this section. The incomprehension of the disciples becomes more prominent here. The healing of the two blind men may hint at their spiritual blindness.

In the final section in Jerusalem (11:1-16:8), private teaching gives way to public confrontation and his miracles disappear. The officials become hostile toward Jesus and the responses of the people are observed. Jesus goes through his passion and resurrection, demonstrating what he had said in Mk 10: 45- For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.