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Daily Bible Reading (Thursday, February 8th)

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Mark 1 (ESV)

 

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.[a]

As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,[b]

“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
    who will prepare your way,
the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
    ‘Prepare[c] the way of the Lord,
    make his paths straight,’”

John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

The Baptism of Jesus

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son;[d] with you I am well pleased.”

The Temptation of Jesus

12 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.

Jesus Begins His Ministry

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand;[e]repent and believe in the gospel.”

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

16 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”[f] 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.

Jesus Heals a Man with an Unclean Spirit

21 And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. 22 And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out,24 “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28 And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.

Jesus Heals Many

29 And immediately he[g] left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Now Simon's mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. 31 And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

32 That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. 33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34 And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

Jesus Preaches in Galilee

35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. 36 And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37 and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” 38 And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” 39 And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

40 And a leper[h] came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” 41 Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” 42 And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 43 And Jesus[i] sternly charged him and sent him away at once, 44 and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” 45 But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter.

Footnotes:

  1. Mark 1:1 Some manuscripts omit the Son of God
  2. Mark 1:2 Some manuscripts in the prophets
  3. Mark 1:3 Or crying: Prepare in the wilderness
  4. Mark 1:11 Or my Son, my (or theBeloved
  5. Mark 1:15 Or the kingdom of God has come near
  6. Mark 1:17 The Greek word anthropoi refers here to both men and women
  7. Mark 1:29 Some manuscripts they
  8. Mark 1:40 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
  9. Mark 1:43 Greek he; also verse 45

11 Comments

Amen, John!

“He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him. “ That line jolted me. Who am I to not obey if even the unclean spirits do?

And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.

"We do not have a God who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin."

Thankful for a Savior who can save the soul not just from hell, but from sin. One who was tempted and did not sin. One who's grace is sufficient for me. I need to increasingly rely on Him with every unworthy inclination, motivation, and action. Thankful, and continually seeking that practical righteousness that's end is increasing obedience and amazement.

Repend and believe in the Gospel. These is the first message Mark records from Jesus. Simple: repent and believe. Jesus came to proclaim this message. I should follow His example.

When Jesus called the disciples they left their father, friends, and employment without hesitation. They saw the value of following Christ as far greater than what they were currently pursuing and they obeyed the call. This was convicting to me because I find myself hanging on to things I love much too tightly even when those things aren’t innately sinful. Lord, help me to value you as most precious and that everything in my life, especially your gifts, will be secondary to following and loving you.

Theme Summary: The good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, began with John the Baptist preparing the way by proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sin, in fulfillment of prophecy. Jesus was baptised by John, immediately received a sign from heaven, and immediately went into the wilderness to be tempted by satan for forty days. Jesus began his ministry, prolcimaing that the time had come, the kingdom of God is here, and to repent and believe the good news. Immediately Jesus began to grow the kingdom by calling disciples, healing the sick, casting out demons, teaching with authority, and having his fame spread.

One thing that stands out in the first chapter of Mark is the emphasis on "immediately." Jesus came and everything was happening without delay. The first words we hear from Jesus are “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Time's up. The kingdom is here, right now, so repent and believe. Everything then happens without delay. Immediately the sick come to him, and immediately they are healed. Immediately Christ calls disciples and they follow. At once his fame spread. He got up early in the morning to pray. What does this call us to immediately do? Repent without delay. Believe immediately. Spread the good news at once. Today. Right now. Go!

I agree with you Keagan. They knew the correct theology, feared (even worshipped) Jesus and they were bound for hell. There is no hope for them, but praise be to God that He redeems the repentant sinner who believes in the person and resurrected work of Jesus. Are we willing to be Fishers of men following Jesus? He might not be calling you to leave your job, but he will never say to us as he did to the demons, "Be silent!" We are to testify of His salvation to all of humanity. Let's go fishing!)

Jesus started his ministry with 40 days of trials before he preached a single message. God prepared him for his ministry with suffering. How too he must be preparing us through our trials to represent him in a more sufficient manner than today. I don't enjoy the trials of my life, the pain is real, but it gives me joy and comfort to know that I am then more useful to God as his witness, and better able to endure the trials to come.

"Moved by compassion" those words stood out to me in today's reading. Lord, help me to have compassion for those around me. Give me eyes like Christ's so that I may see the needs of those around me and be filled with compassion so that it drives me to serve them.

God thank you for sending your son Jesus. His power and purpose in ministry is clearly evident! May we be convicted by his compassion and willingness to seek out the hurting and broken. Help us to properly respond to the kingdom at hand so that we may be saved for eternity!

The demons knew exactly who Jesus was; their theology was rock solid. The problem is they know the truth and hate it, wanting to murder God. The saved know the truth and absolutely love it! Father, may our theology be rock solid, and please increase our love for you and our capacity to love you.

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