The Book Mark 1-10

Mark is a Roman (Latin) surname. His Hebrew forename was John "Mark John." (Acts 12:12). Mark was just a teenager at the time of his calling. He was a cousin of Barnabas (Colossians 4:10). His mother's name was "Mary" (Acts 12:12). Not being a disciple at the time, he learned from the other disciples and Christ Himself. The disciples gathered at his mothers house quite often. However, It is significant that Mark, as well as Luke, was chosen by the Holy Spirit to write the gospel account. The book of Mark is known to be one of the earliest of the gospels. The Book of Mark is also know for some of the wonderful Parables of Christ, especially the parable of the sower. With that being said, lets get into this exciting book that starts with John the Baptist; takes us through the ministry of Jesus Christ, and gives us insight into the present as well as the end times.

Mark 1

Mar 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; The beginning of the new covenant. (John 20:31). The belief that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

Mar 1:2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. Just as the prophets Malachi and Isaiah had written. (Malachi 3:1, Isaiah 40:3).  

Mar 1:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Speaking of the ministry of John the Baptist.

Mar 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. His message was that one would be Baptized to show that they have repented of their sins and turned to God. (A spiritual change of mind).

Mar 1:5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins. The people of Judea and Jerusalem went to see and hear John. Confessing their sins as he baptized them in the Jordan river. (Matthew 3:5-6).

Mar 1:6 And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey; A description of John would be kind of like a mountain man. Clothes woven from coarse camel hair, and he wore a leather belt around his waist. He probably had long hair and a beard as a Nazarite showing his special devotion to God. His food was Locust and wild honey. (Matthew 3:4).

Mar 1:7 And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. He announced that the Messiah was coming soon. John the Baptist knew his purpose was to point people to Him. 

Mar 1:8 I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. John baptized with water, but Christ would baptize with the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3:11).  

Mar 1:9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. Jesus wasn't baptized because He needed to repent for sins. He was baptized by John to reveal Himself to the world, fulfill all righteousness, and to set the example for us as Christians to follow. (Matthew 3:13-15).

Mar 1:10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: As Jesus was baptized, the heavens split apart, and the Holy Spirit descended on Him like a dove.

Mar 1:11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Notice the entire "Trinity" involved in these two versus. The "Holy Spirit" descended on "Christ," and the "Heavenly Father" speaks, and is well pleased. (We have the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit all together at this point).

Mar 1:12 And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness. Jesus was on His way, compelled by the Holy Spirit to prepare Himself for His ministry. (To show us how things to come would be).

Mar 1:13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him. Jesus was in the wilderness tempted by Satan for forty days. (Forty meaning probation). He was among the wild animals, but the angels took care of Him. Keep in mind that when you serve the Lord, you are going to face difficulties at times, but God takes care of His own. (Hebrews 2:17-18). Christ went through suffering and testing so that He is able to help us when we are being tested. (1 Corinthians 10:13, 2 Peter 2:9, Revelation 3:10). "He sets the example for us to be strong in the Spirit."

Mar 1:14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, After John was put in prison, Jesus went to Galilee (the heathen circle), where He preached the Good News. (Matthew 4:23).

Mar 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. A calling to all people... Jesus preached the time promised by God has come. (Matthew 4:17). "The King and His Dominion." Repent of your sins and believe the Good News.

Mar 1:16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. Jesus came upon Simon and his brother Andrew along the shore of Galilee. (They were commercial fishermen). The common man at work.

Mar 1:17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. Jesus called out to the men and said; "Follow Me, and I will show you how to fish for people." (To attract and help the lost souls).

Mar 1:18 And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him. Christ knew who they were from the beginning, as these men were touched by the Holy Spirit. They just left their nets and followed Him. (These guys felt the power of the Holy Spirit).

Mar 1:19 And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets. A little further up the shore, Jesus saw some more men repairing their nets that would be touch by the Holy Spirit and follow Him. 

Mar 1:20 And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him. They dropped what they were doing and followed Christ because they heard and saw the truth. (These guys were also touched by the power of the Holy Spirit). We as Christians hear the truth; these guys seen and walked with the truth.

Mar 1:21 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. Capernaum was a city of Galilee (Luke 4:31), situated on the confines of Zebulun, and Naphtali (Matthew 4:13). Located on the western border of the lake of Tiberias (John 6:59), and in the land of Gennesaret (Mark 6:53, Matthew 14:34), where Josephus places a spring of excellent water called Capernaum. It was here that Jesus and His companions arrived. When the Sabbath day came, Jesus went to the synagogue and began to teach.

Mar 1:22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. Jesus taught straight truth and the people were amazed the way He taught with real authority unlike the teachers of religious law. (Jesus left out all the traditions of men and nonsense). He didn't go for all the holier than thou rituals and fancy dressing.

Mar 1:23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, This man was possessed by an evil spirit.

Mar 1:24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. The spirit in the man knew who Jesus was and spoke through the man saying; "Why are you interfering with us, have you come to destroy us?"

Mar 1:25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. Jesus cut the demon short and told him to be quite. "Jesus ordered the demon out of the man."

Mar 1:26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. The evil spirit screamed, threw the man to the ground, and then came out of him.

Mar 1:27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him. Of course the people were amazed at what they just saw, you would be too. "Have you ever witnessed a real exorcism?" (Strange experience).

Mar 1:28 And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee. After this, Jesus became famous and the news about Him spread throughout the entire region of Galilee.

Mar 1:29 And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Jesus left the synagogue with James and John and went to Simon and Andrews home.

Mar 1:30 But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her. Simons mother-in-law was sick with a fever in bed. They told Jesus right away.

Mar 1:31 And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them. Jesus took her hand and helped her sit up and the fever left her. Then she prepared a meal for them. (She responded to her healing by serving Jesus and His companions).

Mar 1:32 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils. The word spread quick and in the evening, many sick and demon possessed people were brought to Jesus for healing. (Matthew 8:16).

Mar 1:33 And all the city was gathered together at the door. Many people gathered at the door to watch Jesus at work.

Mar 1:34 And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him. Jesus healed many people that were ill with various diseases. He cast out demons on the ones who were possessed. As he cast out the demons, he shut them up so they could not speak, because they knew He was the Son of God. "Jesus muzzled the demons so they could not entice anyone."

Mar 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. He went out to meditated in a solemn place and talk to God. (This is a good way to prepare your day). That is what prayer is all about. "Simply talking to your Heavenly Father." (He loves to hear from you once in a while, don't forget Him).

Mar 1:36 And Simon and they that were with him followed after him. Later on Simon Peter and the other disciples went out to find Him. 

Mar 1:37 And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee. They all wondered where Jesus went and were looking for Him. 

Mar 1:38 And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth. Jesus told them that now He needs to go to other towns as well, and preach to them about the Good News. Bringing them the truth and making them whole again both physically and mentally. (Luke 2:49, John 9:4).

Mar 1:39 And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils. Jesus set out and traveled throughout the region of Galilee, casting out devils and healing the sick, doing the work of the Heavenly Father. (Matthew 4:23).

Mar 1:40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. Notice that the man said to Jesus, if it be your will. A very humble man. (The man had true faith in Christ).

Mar 1:41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. Jesus was moved with compassion and touch the man because he was humble and knew he had faith. (Its good to show compassion for others).

Mar 1:42 And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. As soon as Jesus spoke, the man was healed. The man asked if Jesus was willing. Was Jesus willing? Yes He was, Jesus spoke and the man was healed. Is Jesus willing to help you? You bet He is... "You just need to ask Him first."

Mar 1:43 And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away; Jesus sent the man away, but with a warning. 

Mar 1:44 And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. Jesus tells the man not to tell anyone about his healing, but instead to go to the priest and let him examine you. (Show the priest what had happened). Jesus wanted the man to be a testimony to the priest. (Leviticus14:3-7). This is what Moses had done. An example of what was to come. (Now it would be Christ that would shed His blood for the healing). Christ would be the sacrifice. (Hebrews 2).

Mar 1:45 But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter. Well, just as most men and women, the man could not keep his mouth shut. He spread the news to everyone about what had happened. As a result of this, large crowds started to surround Jesus, so He had to stay out in the secluded places. People from everywhere kept coming to Him. (Matthew 9:31). His fame spread rapidly about the country.

Mark 2

Mar 2:1 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. When Jesus returned to Capernaum, the news spread quickly that He was back.

Mar 2:2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. The house where Jesus was staying was packed, and there was people standing outside the door as He was preaching the Word to them. (Talk about a home bible study). Remember, when you want to draw people, teach the truth of the Word, not traditions of men, and they will come.

Mar 2:3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. Here we have four men bring a paralyzed man to see Jesus.

Mar 2:4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. The men could not get close to Jesus because there were so many people. So, these four men (all having faith), lowered the paralyzed man down through the roof right in front of Jesus.

Mar 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. Jesus seen that all five of these men had faith, so He said to the paralyzed man, your sins are forgiven. Notice Jesus said your sins are forgiven, not you are healed. Why? The Jews believed that not only death, but all disease was the consequence of sin. "There is no death without sin, nor any chastisement without iniquity; and that "no diseased person could be healed of his disease till his sins were blotted out." Our Lord, therefore, as usual, appeals to their received opinions, and asserts his high dignity, by first forgiving the sins, and then healing the body of the paralytic. (The man was healed).

Mar 2:6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Now here comes the teachers of the religious law of Moses. (The Scribes). They were observing what Jesus had done and knew they could not do these things. So, they were jealous of course and their minds were wondering. (Jesus knows what they are thinking).

Mar 2:7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? Here we go with the critiques. They were accusing Jesus of blasphemy in their minds. "What is He saying, only God can forgive sins they were thinking."

Mar 2:8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked them, "Why do you question this in your hearts?"

Mar 2:9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? Which of the two is easier to say Jesus would ask? Your sins are forgiven, or stand up and walk? (In other words, does it really make a difference)? They should have been concentrating on the miracle of healing instead of the legal junk.

Mar 2:10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) Jesus was about to prove that He had both the power to forgive sins and to heal the paralyzed man. (Matthew 9:6-8, John 5:20-27, Acts 5:31).

Mar 2:11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, pick up your mat, and go home.  

Mar 2:12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion. The man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the crowd of people. The onlookers were stunned. They were so amazed at what Jesus had done, that they all began to praise God, saying, "We've never seen anything like this before!" (The Son of God right before them). Do you think they realized it then?

Mar 2:13 And he went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them. Jesus then took a walk along the lakeshore and taught the crowds that were coming to Him. (People want the straight truth, not a bunch of babble, rituals, and traditions of men). "That's why they followed Jesus."

Mar 2:14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him. This Levi (a tax collector), was also known by another name, Matthew. Yes, he was the author of the book of Matthew. Jesus knew him before in the first earth age and he was chosen by God. (Ephesians 1:4). For a deeper study and understanding, read our newsletter study topic titled. "Three earth ages." 

Mar 2:15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. Later on, Levi had a gathering at his house with Jesus as the guest of honor. There were many tax collectors there as well as other disreputable sinners. (Most of Jesus followers were sinners and common people). "He works well with them."

Mar 2:16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? The Scribes and Pharisees didn't like the fact that Jesus hung with sinners. Self righteous hypocrites don’t like to hang around common people. They think they are holier than thou. They don’t like to talk to sinners.

Mar 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. When Jesus heard what the hypocrites were saying, He tells them that "Healthy people don't need a doctor, sick people do." He goes on to tell them that He did not come to those who think they are righteous, but to those who are sinners. Christ came to heal the sinners and bring them the truth. Most holier than thou people don’t want to share the truth, because they don’t know the truth. They are hung up in denominationalism, religious rituals, and traditions of men.

Mar 2:18 And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and they come and say unto him, Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not? They asked Jesus why His disciples did not fast like the others?

Mar 2:19 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. Jesus replied to them; Do wedding guests fast while celebrating with the groom? Of course not! The Lord Himself was with them. Nothing to fast about. They were happy to be in His presence. (Jesus was the bridegroom).

Mar 2:20 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days. Jesus explains to them that someday the bridegroom would be taken away. (Speaking of the crucifixion). They would fast for the comforter (Holy Spirit) to come. (John 16:7).

Mar 2:21 No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse. You don't patch old clothing with a new patch. The new patch will shrink and rip away from the old clothing, leaving a bigger tear than before. i.e. Self righteous hypocrites cannot take new truths, or they pucker up like a patch on a pair of jeans. (There is an old Chinese saying; You must first empty your glass, before you can fill it with new knowledge). "If you want the truth in the word, you need to let go of the fairy tales, false teachings, and traditions of men that confuse so many people."

Mar 2:22 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles. Old wine skins lose their elasticity and will burst. "New wine calls for new wine skins." It is hard to teach a new truth to someone who is already rooted in the word, more likely traditions and doctrines of men. (Most are set in their ways). "Look for hungry new Christians to teach the truth."

Mar 2:23 And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn. One Sabbath day Jesus was walking through some grain fields, His disciples were hungry and wanted something to eat. 

Mar 2:24 And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful? The Pharisees said to Jesus, "Your disciples are breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath." (Exodus 34:21). However, what the disciples were doing was actually lawful. (Deuteronomy 23:25). Christ did not say that it was not lawful. "They Pharisees did." Who would you listen to?

Mar 2:25 And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him? Jesus replies to them, "Haven't you read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry?" (1 Samuel 21:3-6).  

Mar 2:26 How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him? David and his companions ate the sacred loves of bread that only the priests were allowed to eat. (i.e. people are more important to God than any ritual observances).

Mar 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Then Jesus said to them, "The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath." (Sabbath simple means rest). You can find the best rest in Jesus Christ and the scriptures.

Mar 2:28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. Christ is Lord of the Sabbath (Rest). Christ became our Passover. (1 Corinthians 5:6-7). Christ is our High Sabbath. "The true Passover." (Isaiah 53:7, John 1:29, 1 Peter 1:19, Revelations 5:6). "Our true Rest."

Mark 3

Mar 3:1 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand. Jesus returned to the synagogue once again and noticed a man with a withered hand. Luke tells us that it was his right hand. (Luke 6:6). I'm sure you have heard many pastors say that you should always lean to the right. Well, here the right side is withered. (Even the right side needs healing at times).

Mar 3:2 And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him. Here we have the Sabbath day and the enemies of Christ watched Him closely. (Spying on Him). These self-righteous hypocrites wanted to catch Him doing something wrong. (Luke 6:7, Psalm 37:32).

Mar 3:3 And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth. Jesus isn't going to be secretive here. He is going to deal with the problem head on, and tells the man to stand right in the middle of the synagogue. He wasn't worried about healing the man on the Sabbath, this is what a true Christian should do. When you are doing the work of the Lord, you can do it on any day.

Mar 3:4 And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace. Jesus handles His critics very well and puts these guys in their place. "He asked them if the law permits good deeds on the Sabbath, or is a day for doing evil?" Is it a day to save life or to destroy it? You see, Jesus wants to do good by healing the man, while the Pharisees are thinking of doing evil by wanting to kill Jesus. Jesus knew what they were thinking. (Never get caught up in the cause without looking at the bigger picture).

Mar 3:5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other. Jesus looked at them angrily and was saddened by what was in their hearts. Can Jesus get angry? Yes He can; just test Him once! This word "anger" here is "orge" Strong's G3709 meaning violent passion, (justifiable); by implication punishment, indignation, vengeance, wrath. Jesus was angered at their desperate malice and wickedness, and with commiseration for the calamities which they would thereby bring on themselves. (Wait until the vials are to be poured out and then see His anger). So, Jesus tells the man to hold out his hand, and it was healed.

Mar 3:6 And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him. So, upset once again because of what Jesus had just done. The Pharisees went to meet with supporters of Herod to plot on how to kill Jesus. (Such good Christians; plotting to kill on the Sabbath). The Herodians (Political party Jews that favored Roman rule), and the Pharisees were usually on opposite sides. Now they are joining forces against Jesus. (Mark 8:15).

Mar 3:7 But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judaea, Jesus sets out to the lake with His disciples, and a large crowd of people followed Him from all over Galilee and Judea. (This upset the Pharisees and the Herodians because no one followed them). They people followed the truth!

Mar 3:8 And from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and from beyond Jordan; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him. They followed Jesus from east of the Jordan River, and even as far north as Tyre and Sidon, north of Israel on the coast of the Mediterranean sea. 

Mar 3:9 And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him. Jesus tells the disciples to have a boat ready so He could keep the crowds from crushing Him. (There was a lot of people there trying to get close to Jesus to hear the truth). "Jesus needed a little breathing room." 

Mar 3:10 For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues. He healed many people that day and the people pushed forward to touch Him. (Matthew 12:15, 14:14, 14:36). 

Mar 3:11 And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God. When those possessed by evil spirits caught a glimpse of Jesus, the spirits threw them to the ground and started shrieking. These were Spirits from the fallen ones, and Satan himself. They knew He was the Son of God. (Luke 4:41).

Mar 3:12 And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known. Jesus muzzled them at the mouth. (Matthew 12:16). He did not want any testimony from demons; He wanted testimony from His disciples and those He healed.

Mar 3:13 And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. Jesus didn't ask for volunteers, He chose the ones that He wanted.

Mar 3:14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, He ordained twelve of the group and made them His disciples. (John 15:16). He picked them. i.e. we as Christians can choose whom we want to listen to and learn from, but when it comes to being called to the ministry, Christ does the calling. 

Mar 3:15 And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils: If you have the faith, this power applies to you today. It is the power from God (the Holy Spirit), not your power that does the healing.

Mar 3:16 And Simon he surnamed Peter; Simon Peter. Simon means "hearing" and Peter means "rock." The movable "rock." Christ is the real "rock" that cannot be moved. (Matthew 16:16-18). The "Rock" that the church is built upon is Jesus Christ. 

Mar 3:17 And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder: James (Jacobus) and John (Joannes, writer of the gospel of John). He nicknamed them "Sons of Thunder."

Mar 3:18 And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite, Andrew (had been a disciple of John the Baptist), Bartholomew (son of Tolmai), Matthew (also known as Levi, a tax collector and writer of the book of Matthew), Thomas (the twin; as in doubting), James (son of Alphaeus), Thaddaeus (Thaddus), Simon (Zelotes, the Canaanite, translated the zealite, because he had a lot of zeal).

Mar 3:19 And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went into an house. Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Jesus. (He chose Judas as part of God’s plan of salvation).

Mar 3:20 And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. The crowds were getting bigger, Jesus and the disciples were very busy.

Mar 3:21 And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself. When the friends (kinsmen), of Jesus heard what He was doing, they thought He was a little crazy. (They didn't want Him killed). Does your family think you are a little crazy for following Jesus? (Sometimes we get to much of a good thing and forget our family members). I have seen families break up and go their own way over religion. Follow Christ, but don't forget where you come from. (Speaking biologically here, not spiritual).  

Mar 3:22 And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils. The higher critics (teachers of the religious law), accused Jesus of being possessed by Satan, the prince of demons. (The Scribes needed to come up with some reason to explain how Jesus is able to command and control demons).

Mar 3:23 And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? How can Satan cast out Satan? (Who would want to destroy oneself).

Mar 3:24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. A kingdom divided by civil war will collapse. 

Mar 3:25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. A family feuding all the time will fall apart.

Mar 3:26 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. Even Satan would destroy himself, and he is much smarter than that.

Mar 3:27 No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house. i.e. you must be stronger than Satan in order to plunder his house, or control him. (Christ is stronger than Satan and his demons).

Mar 3:28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: Here is a truth; all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven. 

Mar 3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: But, anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. (Matthew 12:31-32, Luke 12:10). When you resist the Holy Spirit in the end times. This takes place for those who are delivered up to the antichrist in the hour of temptation. (Mark 13:9-12, Luke 12:11). To those who do not obey, commit the unpardonable sin. Don't be afraid or worry about what to say when you are delivered up, the "Holy Spirit" will speak through you and give you all the correct answers. (Matthew 10:17-20, Luke 12:12). This is the hour of temptation. (Luke 21:15, Revelation 3:7-11). 

Mar 3:30 Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit. The reason He was speaking this parable. 

Mar 3:31 There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him. They were worried about Him.

Mar 3:32 And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. They told Jesus that His mother and brothers were asking for Him. 

Mar 3:33 And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren? Those that believed in Him and followed His ways were His family. He was telling us that the many member body was the true family of God.

Mar 3:34 And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! He looked at everyone around Him and said; these are my true family. "Those who do the will of God." (One body in Christ). It takes the entire body to work together. Everyone plays a part. If you can handle a lot, He will give you a lot to do, but if you can only handle a little, He will only give you a little to do. However, we are still all the same and no one is greater than the other.

Mar 3:35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother. Anyone who does God's will is a family member of Christ. (Matthew 7:21).

Mark 4

Mar 4:1 And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land. Jesus was teaching by the lakeshore, but the crowds were so large, that He had to get into a boat moored off shore and teach the people. (Creating a large theatre effect so the people could here him).

Mar 4:2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine, He spoke in parables for the common people using stories from nature and life experiences.

Mar 4:3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: Hearken; to hear and consider what has been said. Jesus wants them to pay attention and listen to what He has to say. He starts with a farmer that went out to plant some seed.

Mar 4:4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. Some of the seed fell on the roadside not taking to any ground and the birds came and ate it. (Remember that the seed is the Word of God). When you spread the Word to others, it won't take to hard heads. "In one ear and out the other into the air."

Mar 4:5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: Some of the seed fell on shallow soil and the seed sprouted quickly. Here, some of the people who hear the Word think they get it, but they have no depth and don't look at the deeper, or correct meaning. They just listen and never study for more information. "No foundation or roots." (Kind of like listening to your priest, or pastor without checking them out with the Word).

Mar 4:6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. Here one day, gone the next. (With no deep roots, the plant dies). If you just listen to a bunch of words and don't research and discover the correct meaning, they will fade away with no meaning at all.

Mar 4:7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. Some of the seed fell among thorns that choked out the tender plants. (If you attend a church that teaches traditions of men and false teachings, you won't have a chance of growing in truth). They will choke you out and lead you astray. (You will have no true knowledge of the word to spread to others). You will then only care about things of this world which will also choke you out. (Matthew 13:22, Luke 21:34).

Mar 4:8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. Other seed fell on fertile soil, sprouted, grew, and produced a good crop. (When you study Gods Word, really understand it, it will stay with you and make you a better person). You continue to grow in the Word and spread good truths to others.

Mar 4:9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Open your ears and listen and learn.  

Mar 4:10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. The disciples wanted to know what the parables meant and why He used them.

Mar 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: The disciples were permitted to understand the secret of the Kingdom of God, because they were of the family of God. However, Jesus tells them that He uses parables for understanding to the outsiders. (The common man gets it better when you teach on their level of understanding).

Mar 4:12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. Quoting from (Isaiah 6:9-10). "So that seeing they see, and do not perceive, and hearing they hear, and do not understand," etc. The expression appears to be proverbial; and relates to those who might see what they now overlook through inattention and folly. (Matthew 13:14-15). If you won't even crack the surface, the seed will not take. You will never understand God's Word if you do not show interest, or search for the truth. Settling for traditions of men and false teachings won't do cut it. God will keep the truth from those who will just grab at anything so they feel spiritually safe. Why? Because their eyes are closed and they did not care. Just as many do not care today. They have time for everything the world has to offer, but little time to study and search for truth in God's Word.

Mar 4:13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? Now Jesus seems to be a little surprised that the disciples don't get it. He tells them; If you don’t understand this parable, you won’t understand any of them. So, Jesus is going to explain the parable to them.

Mar 4:14 The sower soweth the word. The sower (farmer), is the one who plants seed (the Word), by taking it to others. The people that hear the Word represent the different types of soil.

Mar 4:15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. The birds of the field represent Satan that comes immediately and takes the seed (Word of God), away that did not take falling by the roadside. Why? Because they did not understand or care about what they had heard. (Matthew 13:19). 

Mar 4:16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message, sounds good, and they receive it with joy. (Matthew 13:20). Yea... I'll listen to what they have to say for now. 

Mar 4:17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended. Those in the rocky soil have no deep roots. (No real understanding in the Word). They fall away as soon as they have problems, are offended, or are persecuted for believing Gods Word. (Matthew 13:21). "Here today gone tomorrow."

Mar 4:18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, The seed that fell among the thorns represent others who hear the Word. "They are not truly interested."

Mar 4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. Here we have the message of God choked out by the worries of the world. To busy thinking about wealth, fame, sexual desires, greed, etc. This is where the majority of people are today in their so called Christian lives. "To much television and not enough of Gods Word." (You can't produce good fruit if you are caught up in the ways of the world).

Mar 4:20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred. The seed that fell on the good soil represents those people who hear the Word with understanding. "They accept the truth and produce good harvest." (Matthew 13:23). (If God gives you much, He expects much in return). Always be willing to share the truth with those who will listen. (Colossians 1:10, 1 Thessalonians 4:1). "For those who do not, just move on."

Mar 4:21 And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? Jesus talked about this on the Sermon on the Mount. (Matthew 5:14-16). Christ is the light and we reflect that light. When God gives you a truth, share it. Don’t hide it. "A truth is not just for you, it is for the whole family of God." 

Mar 4:22 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. Everything hidden will be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to the light. i.e. Everything will be made known, or will come to pass. (Luke 8:17, 1 Corinthians 4:5).

Mar 4:23 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. If you have ears to hear and understand. 

Mar 4:24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. Jesus added; Pay attention when listening to the Word. The more you pay attention and absorb, the more understanding will be given to you. Did you ever hear a truth and then go home, research and study about that truth? Usually when you do, you get a better understanding and you will receive even more. (If you do not understand, put it aside for a later time and it will all come together). 

Mar 4:25 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath. If you listen to the teachings of Christ, the more you will be given. However, those who do not listen, what little understanding they have will be taken away. i.e. The truth will die if you do not exercise the spirit. Meditate, search and study the Word and God will always give you more. (proverbs 1:7). This is the beginning of knowledge.

Mar 4:26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; Now Jesus will tell us what the Kingdom of God is like. (Remember that the seed is the Word of God). 

Mar 4:27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. A farmer does not need to know how a seed grows, he just needs to know how to plant it and attend to it. The same is with God's Word. You can't control how a truth will take when you share it with someone. You just share the truth and God will make grow in that person if it is His will. "Every truth may effect a person in a different way."

Mar 4:28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. The earth produces the crops on it's own. First the leaf blade, then the head of the wheat is formed, then finally the grain ripens. "God's rule of nature." It works that way for His children also. (Isaiah 61:11). 

Mar 4:29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come. As soon as the grain is ready (not before), it is time for harvest. (You can't force nature). "Never harvest a bud before it's time." So, be patient when you plant a seed of truth, you cannot force someone to hear the truth. You can only plant the seed. "Some may not even be able to hear the truth if the spirit of slumber is upon them." (Romans 11:8).

Mar 4:30 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? Hmmm. How can I explain the Kingdom of God so you understand clearly? Jesus comes up with another illustration.

Mar 4:31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: The mustard seed is the smallest of all the seeds. Its seed was probably the smallest known to the Jews; and though its ordinary height does not exceed four feet, yet a species grows to the height of from three to five cubits, with a tapering, ligneous stalk, and spreading branches.  

Mar 4:32 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it. When it is full grown, it can be the largest of all the garden plants. The Kingdom of God is the same way. It started with just a few followers of Christ and grew into a larger family of millions of Christians. (Some have suggested that the birds that nest in the shadow of it represent evil people that enter the church). However, we don't worry about them, God will weed out all the false teachers and bad apples.

Mar 4:33 And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it. Jesus used many simple illustrations to teach the people. When you teach or share a truth, be simple and to the point (teach on different levels), and people will understand better. First the milk, then the meat of the Word. (1 Corinthians 3:1-2, Hebrews 5:11-14).

Mar 4:34 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples. Jesus always used parables when teaching the general public. However, when He was alone with the apostles, He went into deeper studies. Such as the parable of the tares. "Kept secret since the foundation of the world." (Matthew 13:24-30, John 8:44). The tares are about Cain, the devil, and the kenites. (Read our newsletter study topic titled: Son of Cain).

Mar 4:35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. Jesus and His disciples decided to cross over to the other side of the lake. 

Mar 4:36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. They entered the boat and started out. 

Mar 4:37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. A storm arose and began to fill the boat with water. (Matthew 8:23-24, Luke 8:22-23).

Mar 4:38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? The disciples woke up Jesus and were worried about sinking. (Jesus already told them they were going over). Were they doubting Jesus? Was this a test for them? (Hebrews 13:5-6), tells us that God will never fail us or forsake us.

Mar 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Jesus woke and rebuked the wind and waves and the storm suddenly stopped. It shows us that Jesus is with us in the world and will always take care of us if we are one of His children. 

Mar 4:40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? He asked them; why they were afraid, where is your faith? "After all, they had God with them, what was there to fear."

Mar 4:41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? This was the first time they have seen anything like this. Even the wind and the waves obey Him the disciples said. They were a little scared about what had happened, but there was no reason to be. Again, God was with them.

Mark 5

Mar 5:1 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. After they weathered the storm, they came to the other side of the lake in the region of the Garasenes. 

Mar 5:2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Jesus gets out of the boat and a man that had an evil spirit came out from the cemetery to meet Him. (Kind of like a scene from the night of the living dead).

Mar 5:3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: This man lived among the burial caves, and could no longer be restrained. (A good place for a man with an unclean spirit to live).

Mar 5:4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. Whenever they tried to bind the man, he would break the chains and shackles. "No man or woman could subdue the possessed man." (Lets see what Christ does).

Mar 5:5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. This man wandered among the burial caves howling and cutting himself. Satan wanted to hurt the man as he wants to hurt all Christians. (John 10:10, 1 Peter 5:8).

Mar 5:6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, The man saw Jesus from far off and ran to meet Him. Even the evil spirits know who Christ was. Why? Because they were with Him in the first earth age, before one third of the angels followed Satan. For a better understanding of the first earth age, read out newsletter study topic titled: "Three Earth Ages."

Mar 5:7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. The evil spirit knew he was in trouble now, and asked Jesus; What do you want with me? "Please don't torture me." 

Mar 5:8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. Jesus had already said to the evil spirit, "Come out of this man." 

Mar 5:9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. Then Jesus asked the spirit; "What is you name?" The spirit replied; "My name is Legion," there are many of us in this man. (A legion is usually around 6,000 men). Did this man have that many evil spirits in him? Maybe not 6,000, but I believe it was a figure of speech for "many evil spirits." Can someone be possessed by more than one evil spirit? Absolutely... Remember, Mary Magdalene had been possessed with seven devils. (Mark 16:9).

Mar 5:10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. The evil spirits begged Jesus not to send them out. (They needed a body to exist in). Now we will see how many spirits there were.

Mar 5:11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. There was a large number of pigs feeding on a nearby hillside. 

Mar 5:12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. The spirits knew they were going to be cast out of the man, so they would settle for the lowest carnal flesh. (A pig).

Mar 5:13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea. So, Jesus gave them permission to enter the swine, and they left the man, and entered into about 2,000 pigs. Just like the man, the pigs didn't even want to put up with the evil spirits, so they ran down the hillside into a lake and drowned themselves in the water. (Matthew 8:32).

Mar 5:14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. The herdsmen just lost 2,000 head of stock, so they ran into town to tell people what had just happened. (Might of been a little upset because of their livestock). "Then the people rushed out to see for themselves what was going on." 

Mar 5:15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. When the people came to Jesus, He was sitting with the man that was possessed. "They were a little afraid." (Were they afraid of what Jesus had done, or because they had just lost all their stock)? I think a little of both.

Mar 5:16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine. The news spread to the others real quickly.

Mar 5:17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts. They didn't understand what had just happened, and they wanted Jesus out of there.

Mar 5:18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. The man was in his right mind now and wanted to follow Jesus. (Kind of like a recovering alcoholic, or drug addict). However, Jesus has another plan for this man.

Mar 5:19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. Jesus tells the man to go home and tell his friends and family what the Lord has done for Him. (He made a teacher out of him and a great witness to all his friends and family). "A good witness is worth their weight in gold."

Mar 5:20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel. The man visited the ten cities southeast of the Sea of Galilee proclaiming the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed. (I would call that a pretty good witness).

Mar 5:21 And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea. Jesus gets into the boat again and heads back to the other side of the lake where the crowds gathered by the shore. (Matthew 9:1, Luke 8:40).

Mar 5:22 And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, Now here comes one of the religious leaders named Jairus. He may have been in the synagogue when Jesus healed the man with a withered hand, or he may have been part of the leaders who was trying to destroy Jesus. Now, his only daughter is in danger of dying and he needs Jesus to touch her. (Matthew 9:18-19, Luke 8:41-42).

Mar 5:23 And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. Jairus pleaded with Jesus to come and heal her and let her live.

Mar 5:24 And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him. Jesus went with him and the people followed.

Mar 5:25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, There was a woman in the crowd that had blood issues for twelve years. (An example of the twelve tribes). The twelve tribes had many issues that needed healing. 

Mar 5:26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, She seen many doctors and spent all her money, but no one healed her. "She just got worse." 

Mar 5:27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. She heard about Jesus, and snuck up behind Him and touched His robe. (She had the faith).

Mar 5:28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. She knew if she just touched His robe, she would be healed. (Again, she had great faith). 

Mar 5:29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. Immediately when she touch His robe she was healed. (life and healing as an example to the twelve tribes).

Mar 5:30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? Jesus realized and felt His healing power go out from Him, so He turned around and asked who had touch His robe.

Mar 5:31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? The disciples said, with so many people here in the crowd, how do we know who touch you?

Mar 5:32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. Christ knew who it was. He wanted the person to come forward.

Mar 5:33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. The woman was frightened, but came forward, fell to her knees, and told Jesus what she had done. 

Mar 5:34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. "Jesus said to the woman, your faith has made you well, go in peace."

Mar 5:35 While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? But, while Jesus was still speaking to the woman, a message arrived from the home of Jairus that his daughter was dead. "No need to trouble Jesus now."

Mar 5:36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe. But, Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid; just have faith." "Believe and she will be fine, Jesus is saying." (Luke 8:50).

Mar 5:37 And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. Jesus knew these three had the faith. (Good to have those around who have faith when you need a healing for someone).

Mar 5:38 And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. They were all bent out of shape and wailing over what they thought the girl being death. 

Mar 5:39 And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. Jesus went inside the house and "asked what all the weeping is about; the child is just asleep." (The girl already received the healing).

Mar 5:40 And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying. The crowed laughed at Jesus for saying she was just asleep. So, Jesus ordered them all out, except for the girls father, mother, and the three disciples. (He took just so many as prudence required, and as were sufficient to prove the reality of the cure; to have permitted the presence of more, might have savored of ostentation).

Mar 5:41 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. Jesus says to the little girl; "Talitha cumi." Aramaic for "Little lamb, arise." Why? Because they were in Syria and they spoke Aramaic. (Always speak in the language that people understand).

Mar 5:42 And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment. And the girl who was "twelve years old," immediately stood up and walked around! "Healed by faith." (Here we have the number 12 again). A twelve year old girl and a woman with twelve years of sickness. Again, both symbolic of the twelve tribes of Israel. (An example that the 12 tribes of Israel could be healed and brought back to life again).

Mar 5:43 And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat. Jesus gives those who were present strict orders not to tell anyone what had just happened. Then He tells them to feed her. (Luke 8:55). "Give her the meat of truth." (Another fantastic testimony of not only healing, but of life).

Mark 6

Mar 6:1 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. Jesus returns with the disciples to His home town of Nazareth.

Mar 6:2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? They wanted to know how does this man know all these things?

Mar 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. They scoffed at Him and when they realized who He was and where He came from, they refused to believe in Him. He was just a Son of a carpenter and a carpenter by trade Himself. It is hard to get your family and friends to except a truth from you in God's Word without some kind of title. They know you and knew all the things you went through not being the perfect child. So, usually they will not listen to you.  

Mar 6:4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. Jesus tells them; "A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own town." (Matthew 13:57, Luke 4:24, John 4:44). Your not alone if people closest to you have a hard time understanding what God has done for you in your life, or what your calling was. Jesus wasn't understood by those in His home town and family either. (Except possibly His mother Mary). I think she understood and believed in Him. (Mothers are like that).

Mar 6:5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. Because of their unbelief, Jesus couldn't do any miracles among them. (He laid hands on a few people, but that was about it). "No faith, no mighty works." God won’t deal with people where there is no faith.

Mar 6:6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching. He was amazed at there unbelief, but that didn't stop Him from teaching. (If your friends and family won't listen to you when sharing a truth, don't worry, their are many hungry for the truth out there that will).

Mar 6:7 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits; Jesus gave authority to His twelve disciples and He gives us authority also. (Luke 10:18-19). You have that authority over all your enemies, if you are a believer and follow His will.  

Mar 6:8 And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: They were sent out two by two as a witness with just a walking stick and the clothes on their backs. (Matthew 10:9-10, Luke 10:4, 22:35). (You don't need to beg for food or money when working for the Lord). "God takes care of His own."  

Mar 6:9 But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats. Just the clothes and sandals they had on without a change of clothes. (He wanted them to keep it simple and to the point). i.e. travel light.

Mar 6:10 And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place. If a house receives you and your message, stay there until you leave town.

Mar 6:11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. If a house does not receive you, just move on. If they do not want to receive the truth, don’t worry about it. That is God’s job to make a seed grow.

Mar 6:12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent. Repent and turn to God. (Make a choice to change your ways for the better).

Mar 6:13 And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them. Cast out many devils. Anoint with anointing oil. (Blessed olive oil). Christ means the anointed one. It is not the oil that does the healing, but the obedience to the act. (James 5:14-15). If you want to anoint someone or your home, take some pure olive oil, ask our Heavenly Father to bless it, and you have anointing oil. (You don't need to be a priest or pastor to anoint someone, just a believer).

Mar 6:14 And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. Herod Antipas (son of Herod the great), heard about Jesus because the news was spreading fast about Him. Herod like to hear John the Baptist teach, and he thought that John the Baptist had been raised form the dead because of all the miracles he heard about.

Mar 6:15 Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets. Others thought Jesus was the prophet Elijah or another prophet. "They couldn't figure out who He was."

Mar 6:16 But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead. Herod thought it might be John the Baptist (the one he beheaded), that came back from the dead.

Mar 6:17 For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John, and bound him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife: for he had married her. Herod did a bad thing when he married his brothers wife Herodias.

Mar 6:18 For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife. John the Baptist warned Herod that it was not lawful to marry his brothers wife. 

Mar 6:19 Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not: So the wench Herodias had a grudge against John and wanted him killed. But, she needed Herod's approval. 

Mar 6:20 For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly. Herod had great respect for John and protected him. (Again, he liked to hear John teach the Word). 

Mar 6:21 And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee; Here comes the wenches chance. Herod had a big party on his birthday and all the high officials, army officers, and leading citizens were there. 

Mar 6:22 And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee. Here is what went down. The daughter of Herodias (Salome), was sent in by her mother to dance for Herod and the other dirty old men that were present. (This was no dance recital). She performed a enticing sexual dance that had the drunken old men standing up in their seats. Not the kind of dance a daughter of a queen should be performing, but more like a stripper dance from a professional dancer or prostitute. "Herod was in awe, by the moves she had." Ask me for anything Herod tells the girl, "and I will give it to you." (You know what he wanted).

Mar 6:23 And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom. Herod was had. "He even vowed to give the girl whatever she asked, up to half of his kingdom." (Matthew 14:7). 

Mar 6:24 And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist. The young girl went to her mother and asked what she should ask for. "Ask for the head of John the Baptist, she tells the girl." 

Mar 6:25 And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist. The girl hurried back and gave her demands. "I want the head of John the Baptist, right now, on a plate." (She turned out to be a bigger wench than her mother). 

Mar 6:26 And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her. Herod would regret it, but he took an oath and could not go back on his word in front of his guests.

Mar 6:27 And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison, Immediately Herod sent an executioner to the prison and had John beheaded.

Mar 6:28 And brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother. The executioner brought the head on a tray and gave it to the girl, who took it to her mother. (What a sick family this was). Sound familiar? Remember, It's money, power, and sex, that rule this world.

Mar 6:29 And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb. The disciples came and got the body of John the Baptist and buried him. (The one who prepared the way for the real Messiah).

Mar 6:30 And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. They returned to Jesus and told Him about their ministry tour. 

Mar 6:31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. They were very busy and needed a day off from their work. (You need to take a break once in a while from the Word). God does not want you to burn out, or work yourself into a frenzy. "When you need a break, take it."

Mar 6:32 And they departed into a desert place by ship privately. Took a little boat ride to a quiet place for a little rest and relaxation. 

Mar 6:33 And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him. Well, the people seen them leave and ran ahead along the shoreline getting there before them. (Not a very long break, back to work again).

Mar 6:34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things. Jesus saw the huge crowd as He got off the boat, and had compassion towards them, because they looked like sheep without a shepherd. So, He began to teach them, for He was the shepherd they needed. What is the key word here? "Compassion." A good mark of a Christian is one who has compassion towards others. (If you never feel for others who may not have it as good as you do, you are not a true Christian).

Mar 6:35 And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed: It was later in the day and the sun was about to go down.

Mar 6:36 Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat. The disciples wanted to send the people to nearby farms and villages so they could get something to eat. 

Mar 6:37 He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat? Jesus tells them; feed the people. "How, the disciples asked?" Where are we going to get the money to feed all these people?

Mar 6:38 He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes. Jesus sent the disciples to see how much food they had. They came back with a count of five loaves of bread and two fish that a little boy had. (John 6:9).

Mar 6:39 And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. Jesus tells them to have the people sit down in groups. (God is always organized).

Mar 6:40 And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. They sat down in groups of fifty or a hundred. (1 Corinthians 14:40).

Mar 6:41 And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. Jesus took the loaves of bread (symbolic of the bread of life, which is Christ), blessed them, broke them into pieces, and gave them to His disciples to distribute to the people. Then He took the fish (symbolic of Christianity), blessed them, and gave them to His disciples also to distribute to the people for everyone to share. Note: Did Christ feed the multitude? No... Christ asked for the blessing and the disciples did the feeding. That is what He expects of us today, to do the feeding. The Holy Spirit gives us the ability and the knowledge to plant seeds and feed the people. (Feed them the Word of God).

Mar 6:42 And they did all eat, and were filled. They all ate as much as they wanted, and were all full. (When you teach the people, everyone has a different appetite for the Word, and some will absorb more than others).

Mar 6:43 And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. After everyone ate, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of fragments. (Broken bread and fish). The twelve baskets are symbolic of the twelve tribes of Israel. (The fragments can represent false teachers and teachings that would come out of the twelve tribes).

Mar 6:44 And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men. 5,000 men and their families. (A total of 10,000 to 15,000 people were fed).

Mar 6:45 And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. Jesus tells the disciples to get back into the boat and head across the lake to Bethsaida (house of fish), so they could get away.

Mar 6:46 And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray. After Jesus tells everyone good-bye, He went up into the hills by Himself to pray. (Matthew 14:23, Luke 6:12).

Mar 6:47 And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. The disciples were in the boat in the middle of the lake and Jesus was alone on land.

Mar 6:48 And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. Jesus saw that they were in trouble and struggling against the wind and waves. (My hometown is located on lake Erie, and being a small lake, it can be very stormy when the winds kick up, with waves 10-15 feet at times). Around 3:00 in the morning (the forth watch), Jesus started walking towards them on the water. "He intended to go past them." Why? "He wanted them to ask for help." (When in need, Jesus is not just going to fix your problems, He wants you to ask for His help). "Ask and you shall receive."

Mar 6:49 But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: The disciples were afraid when they seen Him walking on the water (thinking He was a spirit), and they cried out in terror. (Luke 24:37).

Mar 6:50 For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. Jesus spoke to them and told them not to be afraid. "There will be times in life when you get afraid like the disciples were, but do not fear, Christ will be there if you call on Him." (Isaiah 43:2).

Mar 6:51 And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. Jesus climbed into the boat, the winds stopped, and they were all amazed.  

Mar 6:52 For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened. There hearts were hardened and they understood nothing about what had just happened, or about the miracle of the loaves of bread. "So common for man to forget." Especially the teaching of the feeding. (Matthew 16:6, 16:11-12), gives a better explanation. The Levin is the false doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Beware of false prophets and teachers in the world.

Mar 6:53 And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore. They crossed the lake and landed at Gennesaret and brought the boat to shore. 

Mar 6:54 And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him, The people recognized Jesus as soon as He climbed out of the boat.

Mar 6:55 And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was. Throughout the whole area, they brought their loved ones that were sick wherever He was. 

Mar 6:56 And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole. Wherever Jesus went the people followed and begged Him to let the sick just touch His robe, and all who did were healed. (Just to touch His robe, they showed their faith in Him).

Mark 7

Mar 7:1 Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem. Here comes the scripture lawyers. More trouble for Jesus and His disciples.

Mar 7:2 And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault. Right away they noticed that some of His disciples did not follow the ceremonial hand washing before eating. (More traditions of men). These guys had a ritual for everything. Kind of like many do today. "All show and no go."

Mar 7:3 For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders. Again, traditions of men. They considered eating with unwashed hands no ordinary crime, and feigning that an evil spirit, called Shibta, has a right to sit on the food of him who thus eats, and render it hurtful. (Matthew 15:2-6).

Mar 7:4 And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables. So, when they come from the market, they have a tradition of immersing their hands in water before they can eat anything. (Kind of like a hand baptism). 

Mar 7:5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? Why don't they follow the traditions of our elders the Pharisees and Sadducees they asked?

Mar 7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Jesus replies; "You bunch of hypocrites!" Isaiah prophesied about you, and he wrote, "these people honor Me with their lips, but not their hearts." (Isaiah 29:13). They talk about religion and traditions, but not the Word of God.

Mar 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Their worship is a joke; they just teach traditions of men and false teachings. (Matthew 15:9, Colossians 2:22).

Mar 7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. You ignore God's law and substitute it for your own traditions. (A mark of a hypocrite). It appears today that almost every church has their own special tradition of men to make them stand out on their own.

Mar 7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. You sidestep God's law in order to hold on to your own traditions. (So many churches today with their own rituals and traditions and they never get down to the truth in the Word). Do not be deceived!

Mar 7:10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: The fifth of the ten commandments of God. "Honor thy father and thy mother." (So much disrespect towards parents and elder people today). "You younger generation better get your act together." (You see the consequences). 

Mar 7:11 But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free. "Corban is a gift to the church." Jesus tells them that they say it is even right for people to say to their parents, "Sorry, I can't help you, because I have vowed to give to the church what I would have given you." It was common among the Jews that the Pharisees released a child from supporting his parents; and even deemed it sacrilege if he afterwards gave anything for their use.

Mar 7:12 And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; Jesus tells them; You don’t care about their father or mother. "You just want the money." (Sound familiar with all the begging churches out there). "Take care of the needs of your family first." (1 Timothy 5:8). "If you do not take care of your family first, you have denied the faith and are worse than an infidel." Don't be scammed by cons!

Mar 7:13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. You cancel out the Word of God in order to hand down your own traditions. "Christ warned against these traditions of men." (Matthew 15:6, Titus 1:14).

Mar 7:14 And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand: Listen and try to understand, Jesus tells the people. 

Mar 7:15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man. It is not what goes into your body that defiles you; it is what comes out of your mouth and heart." i.e. don't be a false teacher. (Proverbs 4:23).

Mar 7:16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. Here comes a deeper truth.  

Mar 7:17 And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. The disciples didn't get the parable, so Jesus will explain it so they will.

Mar 7:18 And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; Can't you understand that the food you eat cannot defile you? 

Mar 7:19 Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats? "Food does not enter the heart; it goes through the stomach then out to the sewer."

Mar 7:20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. It's what you say that you are held accountable for.

Mar 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Deep from within, from the heart comes evil thoughts, sexual immorality, and murder. 

Mar 7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: Theft, adultery, wickedness, greed, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. (That quite a list of defilements). "Remember, we are all sinners; so don't get to puffed up thinking you have never sinned."

Mar 7:23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. All these things from within are what defiles a man. (1 Corinthians 3:17, Titus 1:15).

Mar 7:24 And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid. Now Jesus leaves Galilee and headed north to the region of Tyre and Sidon (a place in Palestine). He didn't want anyone to know what house He was staying in (they wanted to get away from the crowds for a while), but He could not keep it a secret.  

Mar 7:25 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: Right away a woman of faith found Jesus and fell at His feet. (Her little girl was possessed by an evil spirit).

Mar 7:26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter. The woman was Grecian (a Gentile woman), born in Syrian Phoenicia.  

Mar 7:27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. The Jews would normally describe the Gentiles as dogs. But, Jesus simply tells the woman that the purpose of His ministry was to minister to His disciples and it wasn't appropriate to interrupt His ministry to His children for her. 

Mar 7:28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs. The woman replies, "That's true Lord, but even the dogs under the table are allowed to eat the scraps from the children's plates." The woman wanted just a touch from Him for her daughter, because she had humility and compassion for her own.

Mar 7:29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. Jesus liked the woman's answer and said to her; "Go home, the demon has left your daughter." Why? She showed she had faith in Jesus and now she had power over Satan. (Luke 10:18, Matthew 5:3).

Mar 7:30 And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed. When the woman arrived home, her daughter was cleansed from the evil spirit. 

Mar 7:31 And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis. Jesus circled around the area of Galilee and the region of the Ten Towns. (Matthew 4:25).

Mar 7:32 And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him. The man could not hear; he could speak but was hard to understand.

Mar 7:33 And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue; Jesus takes the man aside to minister one-on-one. This was clearly a symbolical action; for these remedies evidently could not, by their natural efficacy, avail to produce so wonderful an effect. As the ears of the deaf appear closed, he applies his fingers to intimate that he would open them; and as the tongue of the dumb seems to be tied, or to cleave to the palate, he touches it, to intimate he would give loose and free motion to it. He accommodated himself to the weakness of those who might not indeed doubt his power, but fancy some external sign was requisite to healing. It was also thus made manifest, that this salutiferous power came from Himself, and that He who by one word, had healed the man, must be Divine. Yes, He was divine... "Emanuel, "God with us."

Mar 7:34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened. Jesus looked up to heaven and said to the man, "Ephphatha" Strong's G2188 "be opened."

Mar 7:35 And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain. Instantly the man could hear perfectly, and his tongue was freed so he could speak plainly.

Mar 7:36 And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it; Jesus again tells the crowd not to tell anyone, but they were amazed and the news spread rapidly. (People just can't keep their mouth shut).

Mar 7:37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak. Again they were amazed at His awesome powers of healing and they said; "Everything He does is wonderful." One of the names of Jesus. (Isaiah 9:6). "Yes, He would be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God. The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

Mark 8

Mar 8:1 In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them, This crowd of people were in the wilderness with Jesus and His disciples and they ran out of food.

Mar 8:2 I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat: Jesus tells the disciples that He felt sorry for the people because they have been with Him for three days and were hungry.

Mar 8:3 And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far. If I send them home, they won't make it.

Mar 8:4 And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness? The disciples were concerned on how they were going to find food to feed them.

Mar 8:5 And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven. How much bread do we have Jesus asked the disciples? "They said seven loaves." (Seven meaning Spiritual completeness). 

Mar 8:6 And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people. Jesus took the seven loaves, thanked God for them, and broke them into pieces. Then He gave the pieces to the disciples to distribute to the crowd.

Mar 8:7 And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them. They found a few small fish, so Jesus blessed them and had the disciples distribute them also. (Fish being symbolic of Christianity).

Mar 8:8 So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets. They all ate well and after they were full, there was seven baskets left over. (Again, seven meaning Spiritual completeness). However, remember the fragments that were left over. (Representing the non-believers and false teachers).

Mar 8:9 And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away. This was another incontestable miracle - four thousand men, besides women and children (Matthew 15:28), fed with seven loaves and a few small fish. "They all ate, and were filled." 

Mar 8:10 And straightway he entered into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha. After another awesome feeding miracle, Jesus gets into the boat with His disciples and crossed over to the region of Dalmanutha. (A town east of the sea of Gennesaret, in the district of Magdala, and not far from the city of that name). 

Mar 8:11 And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him. Here comes the Pharisees again when they heard Jesus had arrived. They start arguing and questioning Jesus and demanded that He show them a sign to prove His authority. (Watch out for people that try to entrap you).

Mar 8:12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation. Jesus sighed deeply and said; "Why do these people keep demanding a sign? I won't give this generation any such sign." (God does not do miracles to entertain those who are non-believers). The Pharisees did not believe in Jesus, they thought He was demon possessed. (Mark 3:22). "No sign for you!"

Mar 8:13 And he left them, and entering into the ship again departed to the other side. It appears that there was to much opposition there, so Jesus got back into the boat and crossed to the other side of the lake. 

Mar 8:14 Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf. The disciples in all the confusion, forgot to bring food with them and only had one loaf of bread. 

Mar 8:15 And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod. Jesus warns the disciples as they were crossing the lake to beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod. i.e. Beware of the traditions and doctrine of men. (Matthew 16:11).

Mar 8:16 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread. The disciples didn't get it. Jesus is thinking about Spiritual things and the disciples are thinking about food to eat. (Matthew 16:7-8).

Mar 8:17 And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? Why are you worried about having no bread Jesus says to the disciples. Don't you understand yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? (The habitual way of man always gets in the way of the heart).

Mar 8:18 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? Don't you remember anything? We went through this once before Jesus tells the disciples.

Mar 8:19 When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. The disciples answer Jesus with twelve loaves.

Mar 8:20 And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. They answered correctly, but still didn't understand. 

Mar 8:21 And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand? Jesus was disappointed with them. Food had nothing to do with it. "It was Spiritual food He was talking about and the false teachings of the Pharisees." The Pharisees were hypocrites (like many today), and the Herodians were a worldly group living fleshly ways. Jesus wanted them to understand that "bad teachings" like "leaven" will spread and corrupt the whole lump of dough, and the whole congregation. "Hang to long with bad people and you will pick up their ways." (Be careful)!

Mar 8:22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. Now when they arrived at Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man to Jesus.

Mar 8:23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. He spit on the man's eyes and laid His hands on him. Then, Jesus asked the man what does he see?

Mar 8:24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. The man could see, but not very clearly. Jesus didn't heal the man all at once and the man could only see part of the picture. (An example to us as a new Christian who you need to feed the milk of the Word first, before the meat). "The man could see, but not the whole truth."

Mar 8:25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. Jesus lays His hands on the man again, and the mans eye's were opened and he could see clearly. (An example of the more mature Christian who needs meat of the Word). "Now the man could see the whole truth." (Only Christ can give you eyes to see and ears to hear the whole truth).

Mar 8:26 And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town. Jesus sends the man away and told him not to say anything about what happened. (It amazes me, that when someone is told to keep a secret, it seems to leak out a little quicker). I believe that when Jesus tells these people not to say anything, He really knows that they cannot keep their mouth shut, and the news will spread. (It's the nature of man).

Mar 8:27 And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am? So, Jesus and the disciples left Galilee and went up to Caesarea. (About 25 miles north of the sea of Galilee). Walking along with His disciples, Jesus asked. "Who do people say I am?" 

Mar 8:28 And they answered, John the Baptist: but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets. "Some say John the Baptist they answered Him. Some say Elijah, and others say your one of the prophets." 

Mar 8:29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ. "But, who do you think I Am He asked the disciples?" Peter replied, "You are the Christ, that is the Messiah." Christos means the anointed one, by the living God. (Matthew 16:17-19). Christ is the immovable rock that the church would be built. Not Petra (Peter) the movable rock or stone. Simon Peter was the son of Jona and Jesus called him Cephas (meaning a stone). (John 1:41-42).

Mar 8:30 And he charged them that they should tell no man of him. Jesus warns them not to tell anyone about Him. 

Mar 8:31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. Now Jesus begins to break the news to the disciples why He was here and the things that must happen to Him. The four necessary things that must happen to Jesus to fulfill prophecy were; To suffer, to be rejected, to be killed, and most important to rise again after three days. (Just like Jonah in the whale, He would be in the tomb three days). 

Mar 8:32 And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him. Peter loved Jesus and did not want to hear about what was going to happen to Hm. So, He actually began to reprimand Jesus for saying such things. (Matthew 16:22).

Mar 8:33 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men. Jesus turns to the disciples and reprimanded Peter saying; "Get away from me Satan!" "Your thinking in the flesh and only see things from a human point of view, not form God's." "I told you what would happen." Remember (Psalms 22), written 1,000 years before the crucifixion. (You can’t alter what is written, even if you mean well as Peter did).

Mar 8:34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. "Take up your cross and follow Me." (Jesus tells them like it is and will be). In order to follow Jesus, there are certain conditions we must follow. Deny yourself: Renounce any false religions and ways of the world. Take up your cross: Your calling to Christianity. Jesus suffered on the cross for us: We must also suffer at times for Him. (When you are called to the ministry, follow God's will, even if it involves suffering). Follow Jesus: Jesus set the example for us to follow, now we need to do our best to try and walk in His shoes. (If not impossible, that is no easy task).

Mar 8:35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. Try to hang onto your life and you will lose it; but if you give up your life for Christ's sake, or for the Gospel of Christ, you will save it. (Spiritually speaking, you pick up your cross to be crucified, and you will be from people when you teach truth). This is not a game for playing church, Christ wants you to be sincere when working for Him. (Matthew 10:39, 16:25, Luke 9:24, 17:33, John 12:25-26). 

Mar 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? There is no benefit if you gain the whole world, but lose your soul. 

Mar 8:37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Nothing more important than your own soul. However, even your soul belongs to God. (Ezekiel 18:4).

Mar 8:38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. "If you are ashamed of Jesus or your Christian faith in this Idolatrous and sinful world today, Jesus will be ashamed of you when He returns in the glory of His Father with the angels." (Matthew 10:32-33, Luke 12:8-9). "Are you going to take up your cross?"

Mark 9

Mar 9:1 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power. Jesus tells the disciples an extraordinary truth; "some standing here right now will not die before they see the Kingdom of God arrive in great power." Many don’t understand this. "The Kingdom was with us." Jesus stayed with the disciples for forty days. On the 50th day Pentecost came. (Acts 2:6-7). God’s Kingdom came to this earth as soon as He was resurrected, then Jesus went back to all those souls from before and preached to them. (1 Peter 18:19). Peter writes more about this event. (2 Peter 1:16-18). Peter was an eye witness to the divine nature of God. Peter heard the voice from God when He said "This is my beloved Son," who brings me great joy. Now many scholars believe that Jesus was speaking of His Millennial Kingdom on earth in the end times. However, this presents a problem, because all the disciples have long ago died. But, He does give certain disciples a glimpse (coming attraction), of what will happen, and it is all centered on Jesus and the Kingdom.

Mar 9:2 And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. Jesus takes Peter, James, and John to a high mountain, and as they watched, Jesus was transfigured, or transformed. (Not transported like in star-trek). This word "transfigured" Strong's G3339 is "metamorphoo" ("metamorphosis"), to change into another form, not just in outward appearance. (Pretty cool stuff).

Mar 9:3 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. His clothes became dazzling white. (The coming of the Kingdom). "The disciples were getting their first peek at who Jesus truly was and what He looked like." (What an awesome experience). 

Mar 9:4 And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus. Boom, then appeared Elijah and Moses in their transfigured bodies and they began talking with Jesus. "The two witnesses." Keep in mind, Elijah never died; "God took him." (2 Kings 2:11-12). Also, God would not let anyone burry Moses. (Deuteronomy 34:5-6). Elijah the prophet and Moses the law giver. Moses was the founder of the Jewish polity, and Elias the most zealous reformer and prophet of the Jewish church. Their presence implied that the ministry of Christ was attested by the law and the prophets.

Mar 9:5 And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. Peter wasn't asked a question, but he says to Jesus, it's wonderful for us to be here. "Let us make three shelters as memorials; one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." 

Mar 9:6 For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid. Peter was actually afraid, so he didn't know what else to say. Put yourself in their shoes; they just witnessed some stuff that you only see in the movies. (Sometimes it's better to say nothing and just go with the flow). "They were witnessing a glimpse of the second advent."

Mar 9:7 And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. The full God Head speaking. "The Shekinah Glory." "Listen to Him!"   

Mar 9:8 And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves. "The awesome experience was over." 

Mar 9:9 And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead. As they went back down the mountain, Jesus tells them not to tell anyone what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

Mar 9:10 And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean. They kept it to themselves, but still didn't understand what Jesus meant by "rising from the dead."

Mar 9:11 And they asked him, saying, Why say the scribes that Elias must first come? However, they did ask Jesus why the teachers of the religious law insist that Elijah must return before the Messiah comes? (Malachi 4:5). 

Mar 9:12 And he answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought. Elijah was to come first to get everything ready. Yet the scriptures say that the Son of Man must suffer greatly. Written in psalms 22. (Matthew 11:11-14). If they had received him, he would have been Elijah.

Mar 9:13 But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him. "Jesus tells them, Elijah has already come, and they chose to abuse him, just as the scriptures said." (Matthew 11:14, 17:12-13, Luke 1:17). They beheaded John instead, and they crucified Christ. (They didn’t except them). Just as many don’t receive Christ today. The Elijah ministry of today we hear so much about is any ministry that brings you the "real truth" of God's Word. To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. (Malachi 4:6). "Note that fathers here is plural." Remember that their are "two fathers" and two "different children" we are speaking of here. We have our "Heavenly Father God," and His children, but there is another "father" of the wicked children (the Kenites), which is Satan. (Read our newsletter study topic titled: "The sons of Cain" for a better understanding.

Mar 9:14 And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them. When Jesus, Peter, James and John made their way down the mountain, they found the other disciples arguing with the teachers of the religious law.

Mar 9:15 And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him. The crowds were glad to see Jesus and ran to Him.

Mar 9:16 And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them? Jesus asked what all the arguing was about?

Mar 9:17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; One of the men in the crowd brought his son so Jesus could heal him. The boy was possessed by an evil spirit that wouldn't let him talk. (Luke 9:38).

Mar 9:18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. The demons caused the boy to have convulsions that wore the boy down. The man asked the disciples to cast out the evil spirit, but they just could not do it. Jesus gave the disciples authority to cast our demons (Mark 6:7), but apparently they didn't have enough faith to get the job done.

Mar 9:19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. Jesus says to them; You faithless people! How long am I going to put up with you? Bring the boy to Me.

Mar 9:20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. They brought the boy to Jesus, but when the evil spirit saw Jesus, it threw the child into a violent convulsion, throwing the boy to the ground, foaming at the mouth. (This was a bad spirit, straight from Satan). 

Mar 9:21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. Jesus asked the father of the boy how long the boy was like this, and the father replied, since he was a little boy. 

Mar 9:22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. The spirit throws the boy into the fire and water at times trying to kill him the father tells Jesus. (The man shows a little faith by asking Jesus for mercy and to help them, but there is a little doubt there).

Mar 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. If you truly believe, anything is possible. "i.e. if your faith is true, all things are possible with God." (Hebrews 11:6).

Mar 9:24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. The man had some faith, but he also had a little unbelief, and wanted help from Jesus. (Don't be afraid to admit your weak at times, ask God for help, and He will strengthen you). Is your faith a little weak and needs a little building up? "Ask Jesus right now to increase your faith." The apostles did. (Luke 17:5).

Mar 9:25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. Jesus rebuked the evil spirit and commanded the spirit to come out of the boy and never enter him again. Notice that Jesus not only tells the spirit to come out of the boy, but also tells the evil spirit to never return. It is common for an evil spirit to look for a new home to posses, and if it finds the old place neat, and clean, and unprotected, it would return with even more spirits. (Matthew 12:43-45). You need to replace the evil spirit with the "Holy Spirit" to be fully protected.   

Mar 9:26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. The evil spirit left the boy, and to the crowd of people, the boy appeared to be dead. (The spirit just wore the boy out, he would be fine).

Mar 9:27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. Jesus strengthened the boy so he could get up. (We can gain a lot of strength through Jesus). "Just ask Him when you need the strength to get by."

Mar 9:28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? Later in the day when Jesus was alone with the disciples, they asked Him; "Why couldn't we do that?"

Mar 9:29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. This kind of power only comes from prayer and fasting Jesus replied. (Meditation in the Word). When performing at this level your mind needs to be clear of everything except what you are concentrating on. Only prayer and fasting along with faith would prepare one for this type of exorcism. "The disciples were not prepared, Jesus was." 

Mar 9:30 And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and he would not that any man should know it. Jesus and the disciples left the region to spend some time alone together. (Preparing His is disciples for His departure).

Mar 9:31 For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day. Jesus begins to explain to them what is about to come about. He tells them that He would be betrayed into the hands of the enemy and would be killed. But, three days later would rise from the dead. (Matthew 16:21). It’s going to happen. It was written before. (Psalms 22).

Mar 9:32 But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him. They didn't fully understand and were afraid to ask Him what He meant. (Jesus knew their minds).

Mar 9:33 And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? They traveled along and arrived at Capernaum, but the disciples were discussing something along the way. They settled in a house (probably Peters house in Capernaum), and Jesus asked them what they were discussing out on the road.

Mar 9:34 But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest. They didn't answer Jesus because they were discussing who was the greatest among them. (Mans puffed-up pride). "Jesus again knew their minds."

Mar 9:35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. Jesus calls the twelve disciples together and tells them; "Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else." Jesus is first on our list (at least He should be), but He came to serve us all. So, likewise, if you are wise in the Word and serve God, It should not elevate you, but humble you if you are a true Christian. (Matthew 20:25-28, Luke 14:10-11, 18:14). "We are to be servants to others, especially the weak and un-learned." 

Mar 9:36 And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, Jesus loved the little children. (Matthew 18:2). 

Mar 9:37 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me. A little child will believe whatever you tell them. (Kind of like a new Christian). Christ brought the disciples up to par by teaching them as little children. As a new Christian, He wants you to be innocent as a child, so He can bring you up in truth and wisdom as you mature. (New Christians and the children should be a priority in the ministry as they were to Jesus).

Mar 9:38 And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. Not in their group. "It sounds like many today who say; they don't belong to our church, or believe as we do, so they must not be Christians." Whoever this guy was, he had the faith to cast out demons in Jesus name, but because he was not part of their group, the disciples seemed to have a problem with this. (He was successful and the disciples were not).

Mar 9:39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. Don't stop him Jesus replied. "No one who performs a miracle in My name will ever speak evil of Me." (i.e. The man is doing good in My name, so leave him alone). "Be careful before you judge others."

Mar 9:40 For he that is not against us is on our part. The man wasn't against them, he was with them. Even if he was not part of their click. (Don’t follow man, but follow Christ. This person was following Christ, not the disciples).

Mar 9:41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward. If one helps you out because you are a Christian and belong to Christ, that person will be rewarded. (I'll take it even further; if anyone helps you out without knowing you are a Christian, they will still be rewarded, maybe even more).

Mar 9:42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. However, if anyone causes one to fall away from trusting in Christ, and they fall into sin, it won't be very good for the one who caused such a thing. 

Mar 9:43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Hell here is "Gehenna" the "valley of Hinnon." The garbage pit, or trash dump south of Jerusalem. The point was not to cut your hand off, but it is talking about the many member body of Christ. If you have a group teaching traditions of men and false teachings, get rid of them.  

Mar 9:44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. The maggots never die and the fire never goes out. 

Mar 9:45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: If someone causes the one of the many member body to sin, cut him or her off. (You don't need trouble makers hanging around).

Mar 9:46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. Again, the maggots never die and the fire never goes out.

Mar 9:47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: The seeing eye is a prophet. We don’t need anymore prophets, we have all the prophets we need in the bible. "These so called prophets of today are false prophets." 

Mar 9:48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. One more time, the maggots never die and the fire never goes out. 

Mar 9:49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. Everyone's salt (boldness and truthfulness in teaching God's Word), will be tested with fire. (Salt is necessary for life). "Remember, God is the consuming fire." (Hebrews 12:29).   

Mar 9:50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another. A little salt is good for the body. "Be salty in spirit when teaching God's Word." (Matthew 5:13). If your salt looses it's flavor it is worthless. (If you are salty with the Word, it will help people). Satan uses sugar to puff-up men, so don't fall for his ways. "Do not be deceived by false teachers!"

Mark 10

Mar 10:1 And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again. Jesus left Capernaum and went down to the region of Judea east of the Jordan River. (More teaching for the crowds of followers).

Mar 10:2 And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him. Here comes the Pharisees to try and trap Him again with a question: "Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife?" (Matthew 19:3). The Pharisees are a good example of certain religious organizations out there today. Remember, divorce is not the unpardonable sin.

Mar 10:3 And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? Now Jesus asked the Pharisees a question: "What did Moses say in the law about divorce?" (Their trying to test Jesus). Never test God!

Mar 10:4 And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. Well, they said; he permitted it. (Deuteronomy 24:1).  

Mar 10:5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. Jesus tells them that, "He wrote this commandment only as a concession to your hard hearts."

Mar 10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. God made them male and female from the beginning.

Mar 10:7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and becomes one with his wife.

Mar 10:8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. One flesh joined together.

Mar 10:9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. Let no one split apart what God has joined together. (God's original idea of marriage was for two people to be joined together and stay together). However, there are always certain circumstances. 

Mar 10:10 And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter. No Pharisees around now, and the disciples brought up the subject again to Jesus.

Mar 10:11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. Jesus tells them; "Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her." 

Mar 10:12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery. He continues; "If a woman divorces her husband and marries someone else, she commits adultery." However, there are exceptions for divorce. (Matthew 19:9). If you are divorced because your spouse is immoral (having sex outside the marriage), you can divorce. (1 Corinthians 7:15). You are to have peace in the family. If an unbeliever wants to leave the marriage, let them go. (The same goes for the congregation in the church). If you have an unbeliever that wants to leave, let them go. How many times did Christ say you should forgive someone. (490 times). Again, divorce is not the unpardonable sin. (John 4:15-19). The woman had five husbands, but Christ forgave her and used her. God Himself is a divorcee. (Jeremiah 3:8). Man always sins and that is why we have repentance. So, don’t be such a holier than thou. (Never let any church denomination tell you that you cannot get a divorce for the right reasons). Work it out with God, not with man.

Mar 10:13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. The disciples didn't want the children to bother Jesus. 

Mar 10:14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Jesus got a little upset with the disciples and told them to bring the children to Him. Jesus explains to them that the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. What did Jesus mean by that? A child that has faith in their parents will believe anything the parent tells them. Jesus is telling us that we need to be like little children if we want to enter the Kingdom of God. "We need to have their kind of faith, and believe whatever our Heavenly Father tells us through His Word."

Mar 10:15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. Jesus is saying to the disciples that they could learn a few things about faith from these little children. (Matthew 18:3). For the lost sinner, you must turn to God from your sins and become as little children. For the Christian; you need to get rid of all the excess spiritual baggage. (Religious rituals, false teachings, and traditions of men). "We need to focus on God's Word only." Just as a child has a fresh mind, we should also have a fresh mind to absorb the truth of His Word. (The children had total faith in Jesus).

Mar 10:16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them. Jesus really loved the children and blessed them all.  

Mar 10:17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? As Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem, a man came running to Him and asked; "Good Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Luke tells us the man was a ruler (Luke 18:18). Matthew tells us that he was a young man (Matthew 19:20).

Mar 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Why do you call Me good, Jesus asked the man. "Only God is good." Hmmm, I think Jesus was testing the man a little here. If only God is good, did the man believe that Jesus was God? Or, could it be that Jesus was trying to get across to the man that he would have to compare himself to God's standard of good, and not his own? 

Mar 10:19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. Jesus lays out six of the ten commandments. Why only six? Jesus left out the first four commandments that have to do with the worship of God. (These would be Spiritual). The six that He put before the man have to do with other people and the brethren. (These would be Carnal). I think Jesus wanted the man to look back and see how he treated people in his life.  

Mar 10:20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. The man replies; "Teacher, I have obeyed all these commandments you spoke about since I was young."

Mar 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. Jesus looked upon the man with genuine love and said tot him; "There is still one thing you haven't done." Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then take up your cross and follow Me. Why did Jesus ask this of the man? Here was the problem; this man was very wealthy, and it would be hard for him to give up all his wealth. (Always worrying about loosing his goods). Money cannot be the only thing your concerned about all the time. "God must come first."

Mar 10:22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. This man was sad because he had a lot of earthly possessions. (Probably many his possessions were from dishonest dealings). Jesus talked about this in the parable of the sower. (Matthew 13:22). The cares and ways of the world, longing for money choke out the Word of God. Always making time for things of the world and always striving to make money, but never any time to study God's Word. Sound familiar?  

Mar 10:23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! That's why Jesus would say to His disciples; "How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God." Oh how hard it is for the wealthy to except this verse. (Even wealthy priests and Pastors). Most all have good excuses for how they obtained their wealth. (They say; mine wealth was legally gained, not from any illegal activity). Yea right!

Mar 10:24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! What Jesus said amazed the disciples, and it should amaze us also. Then He said; "Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God." Your trust is to be in God, not your riches. (He who dies with the most toys really loses).

Mar 10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. The cities of old had walled cities. Their was a main gate and a small gate, or needle gate. At night time when the main gate was closed, so you needed to go through the needle gate. You had to unload your donkey in able to fit through the gate. Spiritually speaking; It means you must unload your ill-gotten gains, or your love for money, before you can enter the Kingdom of God. (Being wealthy can be a stumbling block, even for the mature Christian). You have a lot of rip-off pastors out there telling you it is not a sin to be wealthy, while they are always begging for your money. You live pay-check to pay-check, and they live lavish lifestyles. They even tell you that if you are not wealthy, you are doing something spiritually wrong. Do not be deceived! If you think the dollar has lost it's value here on earth, it is totally worthless in the Kingdom of God. (Build up your spiritual treasures in heaven, this is the only thing that you can take with you when you die). "When you work for God, He will take care of your needs, not your desires." (A lavish living preacher will never make the grade, he will mess up for sure).

Mar 10:26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? The disciples were totally blown away at what they heard and said; then who in this world can be saved?

Mar 10:27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. Jesus tells them that humanly speaking it is impossible. But, spiritually speaking, with God, "everything is possible." i.e. mans ways to get to heaven will always fail you, but God's ways will always lead you on the right path.

Mar 10:28 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. Here is the example: It appears that Peter and the other disciples have done what the rich young ruler could not do. They left everything to follow Jesus. (Mark 1:16-20, Luke 14:33). It didn't say they just left their ill-gotten gains, they left everything. So, you cannot be a disciple of Christ without being willing to give up everything you own, or know of this world. (You must first empty your cup to allow it to be filled with the cup of truth). "The cup of truth, not the cup of riches."

Mar 10:29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, Jesus is assuring us that, anyone who has given up family, or property for His sake and the gospel will be rewarded. (Does this mean we should give up our family)? Not at all... "It means that we should put God first before everything else."

Mar 10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. Whatever you give-up for the Lord will be returned many time over. "But wait." There will be persecution in your life. You will have some troubles along the way, but it will be worth it. "Again, you even need to love your family less than Him." (Luke 14:26). You will be adopted into a bigger family, the many member family of God. 

Mar 10:31 But many that are first shall be last; and the last first. The last generation were chosen in the first earth age because they stood against Satan. Those who followed Satan (one third of the children), will be here in the world last in the end times. (The last souls to be born). You can see it now with all the moral decay, corruption, and disrespect for elders in this world. Why? (Lack of discipline and responsibility in the children).

Mar 10:32 And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him, They were on there way to Jerusalem, Jesus leading the way. The disciples were not only amazed, but they were also afraid for Jesus. So, Jesus takes the twelve disciples aside and begins to tell them everything about to happen to Him.

Mar 10:33 Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: The Son of man will be betrayed by the leading priests and religious teachers. They will sentence Him to die and hand Him over to the Romans. (Only the Romans had the authority to put Jesus to death).

Mar 10:34 And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again. "All these things they will do to Him, but after three days, He will rise again." If they were true scholars they would have know this. (Psalms 22, was written 1,000 years before and describes it all).

Mar 10:35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire. James and John had a request they wanted to ask Jesus. Matthew says that this request was actually made by Salome their mother. (Matthew 20:20-28). 

Mar 10:36 And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you? What is it Jesus asked?

Mar 10:37 They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory. They wanted to sit on the throne of God next to Jesus. They were asking Jesus to reserve a spot for them as number one and two in Jesus' government. Are they serious? They should have know that nobody can sit on the throne of God, but God Himself. (Isaiah 6:1, Revelation 4:1-2).

Mar 10:38 But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? Jesus tells the two disciples, "You haven't got a clue what you are asking for. You think you are able to handle the suffering I am about to face?" (No way could they go through what Jesus was about to go through and accomplish what He did).

Mar 10:39 And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: Sure they replied, "we are able!" They didn't realize that the the bitter cup and baptism of suffering Jesus was talking about included death. (Acts 12:2). Herod killed the apostle James, John's brother.

Mar 10:40 But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared. God already has everything prepared. (Matthew 20:23). (Not even Jesus can say who will sit on His right or left).

Mar 10:41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John. The other disciples were upset because James and John were buttering-up to Jesus. (Kind of like those in the church who always try to butter-up to the pastor).

Mar 10:42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. The leaders in this world rule with an iron fist, taking advantage of the people while they flaunt their authority over those under them. (We elect officials in this country to be our servants, but they are full of corruption and never keep their promises to the people).

Mar 10:43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: Things will be different among those who follow Christ. "Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant." 

Mar 10:44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. If you want to be first among the brethren, you must be a servant to everyone else. (Christ was a servant to all).

Mar 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Christ came to pay the ultimate price. "Salvation is not free." Christ paid the price with His life for us. (Matthew 20:28, Philippians 2:5-8, Hebrews 2, 1 Peter 1:18-19). "He came to this earth to be crucified, and to destroy death which is the devil."

Mar 10:46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. Jesus and the disciples reached Jericho and as they were leaving town, a crowd followed Him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (meaning unclean, impure), was sitting beside the road. 

Mar 10:47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. The blind beggar identified Him. (Isaiah 9:6-7, 11:1, Jeremiah 23:5-6), out of the root of David.

Mar 10:48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. Remember, the people think this man is an unclean guy and they want him to shut up, but the man continues and the louder he cries; "Son of David, have mercy on me."

Mar 10:49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. Jesus hears the man and tells the people to call the man over. 

Mar 10:50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. The man comes to Jesus humbly. 

Mar 10:51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. What can I do for you Jesus asked the man? Of course the man wanted his sight back. You see, It didn’t matter to the Lord what his name meant, or who he was. "He went by his faith." (Matthew 7:7, Philippians 4:6).

Mar 10:52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way. Jesus tells the man, "Go, your faith has healed you." The man had his sight back and followed Jesus. (Luke 18:41-43). "Had the faith and followed Jesus." You see, If your prayers are not answered, it is because of lack of faith. (Faith in God should be your top priority if you are a true believer).

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