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THE GOSPEL OF MARK
[“No Leisure Time”]
|| Matthew 3:53-58;
106 Matthew 3:53-58: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.
Now Jesus departed from that place and went to his own land
When the Sabbath day came he began to teach in the synagogue, and the large audience was astounded, saying: “Where did he learn all these things? How does he come to possess such wisdom? And those miracles performed by his own hands?
Is this not the carpenter, 108
the son of Mary, and the brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? Also, are these not his sisters?” And because of this many were stumbled. 109
107 His own land: Likely Nazareth. 108 Carpenter: Or, wood-worker. Other accounts say, “son of the carpenter.” After the death of his ‘father’ Joseph,
it is possible Jesus continued on his own as a carpenter to support his family. The Greek is TEKTON [Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance #5045,artificer, craftsman] from which the modern “technician” comes.
However, Jesus said to them:
“A prophet is honored everywhere except among his own relatives and in his own home.”
As a result, Jesus was unable to do any powerful works there, 110
though he did lay his hands on a few sick persons, healing them. 111
109 Stumbled: Or, offended, scandalized, a hindrance. The Greek is ESCANDALIZONTO. 110 Jesus was unable to do any powerful works there: Or, KJV: he could there do no mighty works. This would seem unlikely for God.
Jesus was astonished at their unbelief, and so he went in a circuit teaching in other villages.
111 Lay his hands on a few sick persons, healing them: Compare James 5:14.
|| Matthew 10:1, 9-14;
112 Matthew 10:1, 9-14: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.
Then Jesus summoned the Twelve and started to send them forth two by two. He gave them authority over unclean demons,
MK6:8 and commanded them to take nothing for their travels
but only sandals for their feet and no second under garment.
Now he told them:
“Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you are finished.
MK6:11 And, whoever will not welcome you, or listen to you, on leaving that village stamp the dust off your feet as a witness against them.”
MK6:12 So the Twelve set out and preached that everyone should repent.
Now they exorcised demons and anointed the sick with oil and healed them.
113 Take nothing for their travels: Jesus explains his actions after his resurrection. He is trying to teach them a lesson of reliance
on God. [Luke 22:35]
|| Matthew 14:1, 2;
114 Matthew 14:1, 2: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.
MK6:14 Now when king Herod heard about Jesus – for his name had spread throughout the country – he said: “John the Baptist has risen from the dead! That is why he is able to do these miracles!” MK6:15 Others were saying: “It is Elijah!” [Malachi 4:5] But still others: “He is the Prophet!” [Deuteronomy 18:15] Or, “He is like an ancient prophet!” MK6:16 However, when Herod heard about Jesus, he said: “It is John whom I beheaded! He has risen from the dead!” MK6:17 For Herod had been the one who arrested John and imprisoned him because of his marriage to Herodias, for he had married the wife of his brother Philip. MK6:18 Because John had told Herod: “It is against the Law [of Moses] to have your brother’s wife.” MK6:19 For this reason Herodias had it in for John and wanted him killed but lacked the power. MK6:20 But Herod had deep regard for John, knowing he was a righteous and holy man. So he protected John and having heard him [preach] he was at a loss what to do, though he continued to listen to him gladly.
|| Matthew 14:3-12;
115 Matthew 14:3-12: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.
When an opportune day arrived, Herod held a feast on his birthday
Now the daughter of Herodias entered and danced, and she pleasured Herod and all his guests. So the king said to the young girl: “Ask me whatever you want, and I will give it to you.”
Herod made an oath to her: “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half my realm.”
Now the young girl left and went to her mother Herodias, asking: “What shall I ask for?” Her mother said: “The head of John the Baptist!”
So right away the young girl returned to the king, asking: “I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a plate.”
Now this caused the king to be sorry about his oath, not only because of his guests, but also he did not want to break his word to her.
Right away the king sent the captain of his bodyguards and commanded the head be brought to him. The captain left and beheaded John in his prison cell.
Then he brought his head on a plate and gave it to the young girl, and she gave it to her mother.
Now when John’s disciples heard of this they came and removed the body and put it in a tomb.
116 Birthday: Herod was a circumcised Jew. [See history on this matter.] He celebrates his birthday, the second of two such mentioned
in the Bible. [Genesis 40:20]
|| Matthew 9:36
Matthew 9:36: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.
Now the apostles rejoined Jesus and told him everything, both what they had done and what they had taught.
Then Jesus said to them:
“All of you come way [with me] to a private spot in a place of solitude and then get a little rest.”
For there were many people coming and going and they had no leisure time to even eat.
So they left in their boat for a lonely place for some privacy.
However, some people saw them leaving and recognized them, so they ran on foot from all the villages [[and got there ahead of them]]. 118
Now when Jesus went ashore and saw so many people he was moved with compassion, 119
because they were all like sheep without a shepherd. So he began to teach them many things.
118 The bracketed portion is lacking in older manuscripts. 119 Compassion: Or, NEB: his heart went out;
GDS: touched; PME: pity.
|| Matthew 14:13-21; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-13
Now when the hour grew late, Jesus’ disciples approached him and said: “This spot is really isolated and it is getting late.
Send the crowd away so they may return to their own country and villages [[and get some food for themselves]].”
But Jesus answered and said to them:
“You give them something to eat!”
And they replied: “Do you want us to go, buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give that to them to eat?”
Jesus asked them:
“How many loaves do you have? Go and look.”
But they already knew, and said: “Five [loaves], and two fish.” 121
120 The bracketed portion is not adequately supported.
Then Jesus commanded the crowd to sit down in groups on the green grass.
And all the people saw down in groups of hundreds and fifties.
Next Jesus took the five loaves and two fish and looking up to heaven he blessed them. Then he broke the loaves and continued giving his disciples [the bread] to set before the people. Also, the two fish he divided among them all.
So all of the people ate and were satisfied.
Afterward they gathered up the leftovers in twelve baskets full of scrapes.
Now all those who ate from the loaves amounted to five thousand men. 122
121 Five [loaves], and two fish: Such was going to feed twelve hungry men. Likely the fish was dried and salted. Unless one has eaten
this kind of sturdy bread it is difficult to believe such was sustaining. We can see the simplicity of their meals compared to a western diet. Likely a fresh water stream was nearby, or they used the lake water. 122 Five thousand men: The Greek is the word for males, ANDRES, thus including women and children the crowd was even larger.
|| Matthew 14:22, 23;
123 Matthew 14:22, 23: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.
Afterward Jesus told his disciples to board the fishing boat and go ahead across to Bethsaida,
When Jesus had sent them all away he went into the mountains alone to pray.
Now during the night 125
the boat was in the middle of the open sea and Jesus was alone on the shore.
124 Bethsaida: At the northern beginning of the Sea of Galilee where the Jordan enters the lake. [Jewish Antiquities, XVIII,
28 [ii, 1]]
Then, at the pre-dawn hours beholding the disciples straining at the oars against opposing winds, Jesus approached them walking upon the sea intending to just pass them by. 126
125 During the night: After midnight and more likely between 3-6 AM.
However, when the disciples saw him walking upon the sea, at first thinking it was a phantom, 127
they screamed in fear.
126 Intending to just pass them by: Or, KJV: would have passed by them; ALF: he was purposing to pass by them; KNX: made as if to pass
But they all did see Jesus and were very troubled. So instantly Jesus called to them and said:
“Take courage! It is me!128 Do not be afraid!”
127 Phantom: Or, spirit, apparition, ghost. The Greek is PHANTASMA.
Now Jesus approached them in the boat and the wind suddenly stopped. The disciples were awestruck [[and marveled]]. 129
128 It is me: Or, it is I, I am [he]. The Greek is EGO EIMI.
For they had not perceived the meaning of the loaves because their hearts were dull of understanding. 130
129 The bracketed is not in some texts. 130 Dull of understanding: Or, heart was hardened, minds were closed, blinded.
|| Matthew 14:34-36
131 Matthew 14:34-36: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.
Now when they had finally made the crossing they arrived in the land of Gennesaret
When they left the boat instantly all the people recognized Jesus.
So they all ran throughout the countryside and gathered up those sick in their beds and brought them to where Jesus was reported to be.
And no matter what village or city or rural area Jesus entered, the people laid their sick in the path and begged him that they might just touch the fringe of his garment. Now every person who touched Jesus was cured.
132 Gennesaret: A place name also mentioned by Josephus. [The Jewish War, III, 516-521 (x, 8)] The name was later
changed by the Romans and this portion is found in what is called the Jesus Papyrus and predates 50 AD, indicating a very early date of authorship.
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