The Bible-New Testament-Mark


The author is John Mark (Acts 12:12). He was the son of Mary, a Christian in Jerusalem in whose house the early church met. Therefore, he was a native of Jerusalem. His uncle was Barnabas (Col. 4:10), who took him with Paul on the first missionary journey of Act 13:5. Halfway through the journey Mark returned home (Acts 13:13). He had the unique opportunity of being associated in ministry with three New Testament apostles: Paul (Acts 13:1-13; Col. 4:10; Philemon 24), Barnabas (Acts 15:39), and Peter (I Peter 5:13).

Although it is the briefest of the Gospels, Mark’s narrative is often more vivid and detailed than the parallel accounts in Matthew and Luke. This Gospel presents Christ as the Servant of the Lord, sent to accomplish a specific work for God. Therefore, it is a “book of deeds more than words, and contains no long discourses and few parables. The words “straightway” and “immediately,” occur more than forty times. This would indicate service to be perform “right now”. As the Servant of the Lord, Christ fulfills such Messianic prophecies as Isaiah 42:1-21; 49:1-7; Zechariah 3:8. Because He is presented as a servant, a genealogy is not needed. An unusual number of passages give insight into the feelings of our Lord (42:1-21; 7:34; 10:21). Although Christ is set forth in Mark in His servant character, the strong emphasis upon His miracles points to His powers as the Son of God.

Mark is more condensed; has little to say concerning prophecy; gives only a brief report of the discourses, but lays great stress upon the mighty works of Jesus.

Nineteen miracles are recorded in this short book which demonstrates the supernatural power of the Master.

**8 miracles which prove his power over disease. (1:31,41; 2:3-12; 3:1-5; 5:25; 7:32; 8:23; 10:46.)

**5 miracles showing his power over nature. (4:39; 6:41,49; 8:8,9; 11:13,14)

**4 miracles demonstrating his authority over demons. (1:25; 5:1-13; 7:25-30; 9:26)

**2 miracles show his conquest over death. (5:42; 16;9)


Mark has 16 chapters, 678 verses and 15,166 words. It is the shortest book of the Gospels.

This Gospel m ay be divided as follows: 1) The introduction of the Servant to His public ministry, 1:1-13, 2) the Work accomplished by the Servant 1:14-13:37, 3) The Servant’s obedience unto death 14 & 15, 4) The Resurrection and Ascension of the Victorious Servant, 16.

Select verse:

Mark 10: 43  But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:

44  And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.

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.

Here we see Jesus talking his disciples after James and John had requested to sit on his right and left side of Jesus in glory. After telling them it was not his to give, he explains that the first will be last and the last will be first. Vs 44 tells us that who will be “chiefest” will be a servant first. He explains this to the disciples then in vs 45 tells them this applies to him as he will be the chief servant and ultimately give his life for ransom for many.

The cross reference is in Luke 9:48

48  And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.

The secular teaching here applies to how we are to live our life here on earth..

The prophetic teaching here applies to the fact that Jesus was about to die on  the cross for mankind.

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