Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Mark, chapter 1

Let's start with Mark, the oldest gospel (around 64 A.D.)

1:2 It is written in Isaiah the prophet: "I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way"
But this verse can't be found in Isaiah. You have to turn to Malachi 3:1 to find it. Seems somebody messed up the references.
1:16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." 18 At once they left their nets and followed him. 19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
So Jesus wanders around in Galilee and calls, apparently arbitrarily, people to leave their work and to follow him. And they do so immediately, leaving their nets resp. their father behind. Just like that. Don't they worry about who will support their families in their absence? Or were they fishing and working just for fun?
32 That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. 33 The whole town gathered at the door, 34 and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.
Too bad that Jesus didn't decide to incarnate during our times. Wouldn't we also like to bring our sick people to him so he could healed them? No need for hospitals anymore! But bad timing I guess ...
43 Jesus sent him (a healed leper) away at once with a strong warning: 44 "See that you don't tell this to anyone."

Didn't he just before this incident heal a lot of people and cast out demons? So why the secrecy now? Doesn't make much sense.

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