Scripture--Mark 1-Mark 3
Many biblical scholars date Mark as the first gospel written. In fact, many stories appear in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, leading scholars to believe that Matthew and Luke both read Mark before writing their own manuscripts. Mark’s gospel is the shortest and seems to get to the point instead of having the same details of other gospels. As we read, watch carefully for both what is THERE and what is MISSING! For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gospel_of_Mark
Observation: On first glance I’m always amazed that Mark starts with John the Baptist’s prophetic words and the baptism. It seems as if he thinks Jesus’s baptism was more important than his birth. In baptism, Jesus was publically adopted by God. That adoption and recognition as the Son of God were important to showing Jesus’ mission and role. Mark completely skips Jesus’ time as an infant or child. Then later on in 3:32 Jesus adopts all around as his family. That extends the adoption to everyone!
Application: Do you live into your role as Christ’s brother or sister? Do you live into the reality that you are part of God’s family—chosen, loved, accepted? Too often we try to earn Jesus’ love. We try and earn our place at the table. But Mark reminds us that we are part of a heavenly family. We are loved for who we are. We can be healed and taught, because we are part of the family.
Prayer: Oh, Jesus our brother—let us never forget that you have adopted us into your family. Let us live into the love and spread it to the rest of your children. Thank you for your love. Thank you for letting us be part of your family! Amen!
June 17-- Mark 4-Mark 6
June 18-- Mark 7- Mark 9
June 19-- Mark 10- Mark 12
June 20-- Mark 13-Mark 15
June 21-- Mark 16
June 22-- Luke 1-Luke 3
June 23-- Luke 4-Luke 6