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Mark 1 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 1:9-11 – An Approved Son Baptized

Mark 1:9-11 – An Approved Son Baptized

|| Matthew 3:13-17[1]

MK1:9 It was at this moment that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. MK1:10 And instantly on rising up out of the water he saw the sky parting, and the Pneuma descending like a dove upon him. MK1:11 Then a Voice came from the sky, saying: “You are My beloved Son whom I approve.”

[1] Matthew 3:13-17: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.

 

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Mark 1 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 1:1-8 – The Beginning of the Good News

Mark 1:1-8 – The Beginning of the Good News

|| Matthew 3:13-17[1]

MK1:1 This is the origin of the Good News about Jesus Christ the Son of the God.[2] MK1:2 Just as it is written in Isaiah the Prophet,[3] “See, I am sending My messenger before you and he will prepare your way … [Malachi 3:1] MK1:3 The voice of one crying aloud: ‘In the desert prepare a road for the Lord:[4] Make His highways straight.’” [Isaiah 40:3] MK1:4 So John the Baptizer came from the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. MK1:5 People of all kinds when out to meet him in the wilderness as well as the inhabitants of Jerusalem of all classes. These were baptized by him in the Jordan river, openly confessing their sins [against the Law of Moses]. MK1:6 John dressed in a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt. His food was locusts and wild honey. MK1:7 This was his message: “There is One coming after me who is greater than me. One whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop and loosen. MK1:8 I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the holy Pneuma.”[5]

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[1] Matthew 3:13-17: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.

[2] The Son of God: Now recognized as not adequately supported.

[3] Isaiah the Prophet: Two verses are quoted. [Malachi 3:1; Isaiah 40:3]

“”See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the LORD Almighty.” (Mal 3:1 NIV)

“A voice of one calling: “In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.” (Isa 40:3 NIV)

[4] The Lord: Or, “the Lord’s way” or “YHWH’s way.” The Hebrew source of the quotation has the noma sagrada, YHWH [Yehowah; Jehovah]

[5] Baptize you with the holy Pneuma: On the holy Pneuma see notes on 1 Corinthians 2:16 and 1 Corinthians 12:13.

Mark – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Introduction to Mark

Nazarene Commentary 2000©
21st Century Version of the Christian Scriptures© [NCMM]

THE GOSPEL OF MARK

Introduction to Mark

The Second Gospel was written by Mark, the kinsman of Barnabas, and the companion of Paul in his first missionary journey. When and where it was written is uncertain. Of its author the following facts are gathered from the New Testament: He is first named in Acts 12:12. His mother’s name was Mary, and we learn from Colossians 4:10, that she was a sister of Barnabas. She dwelt in Jerusalem, and this city was probably Mark’s early home. He was converted by Peter (1 Peter 5:13), it has been supposed, at the great ingathering on the day of Pentecost. He became a minister (Acts 12:25), attended Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey did not prove satisfactory to Paul (Acts 15:38), and as Barnabas insisted on taking him, he and Paul parted company on the second missionary journey.

That Paul and Mark were afterwards intimate is shown by the subsequent history. We find him by Paul’s side during his first imprisonment at Rome, A. D. 61-63; and he is acknowledged by him as one of his few fellow-laborers who had been a “comfort” to him during the weary hours of his imprisonment (Colossians 4:10, 11; Philemon 24). We next have traces of him in 1 Peter 5:13. “The church that is in Babylon … saluteth you, and so doth Marcus, my son”. From this we infer that he joined the spiritual father, the friend of his mother, at Babylon, then and for some hundred years afterwards returned one of the chief seats of Jewish culture. From Babylon he would seem to have returned to Asia Minor; for during his second imprisonment, A. D. 68, Paul, writing to Timothy, charges him to bring Mark with him to Rome, on the ground that he was “profitable unto him for the ministry” (2 Timothy 4:11).

From this point we gain no further information from the New Testament respecting the Evangelist. It is most probable, however, that he did join the Apostle at Rome, whither also Peter would seem to have proceeded, and suffered martyrdom along with Paul. After the death of these two great pillars of the Church, ecclesiastical tradition affirms that Mark visited Egypt, founded the Church of Alexandria, and died by martyrdom. This tradition is, however, very uncertain. [B. W. Johnson The People’s New Testament (1891)]

Notes about this Version and Commentary

This text of the Gospel of Mark is a new version, the 21st Century Version of the Christian Scriptures [NCMM], as an additional part of Nazarene Commentary 2000©. This rendering by Mark Heber Miller may be considered a literal version with limited paraphrase.

The words of Jesus are in red. Quotations and allusions from the Old Testament are in italicized blue with quotations within quote marks. In both the quotations and the allusions the source is given in brackets. When these quotations and allusions are part of the words of Jesus, they appear in purple.

Greek words of particular interest are in CAPS and accompanied by Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible code numbers. Cross-references have been checked and added when of special note. Each chapter and paragraph has a topical subject heading and each chapter ends with review questions for congregational or personal studies. Key phrases are compared throughout to other literal and paraphrased versions. Underlined words are sources for research elsewhere in Nazarene Commentary 2000©. Any verse may be located by entering MK1:1, etc., in the Find window, and chapters by entering CHAPTER ONE: etc.

Since Mark often parallels Matthew when Nazarene Commentary 2000© covers the same material, the symbol || will indicate to go to the footnote commentary in Matthew. For more information see similar notes on Luke and John.

Because Mark is so vivid and moves swiftly it is an excellent place to begin reading to children.

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Confidence in times of trial

Jehovah is my helper; I will not be afraid.​—Heb. 13:6.

“The person who knows God best will trust him the most in time of test.”

How true! To face persecution successfully, we must love Jehovah and trust in him completely.

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”+37 He said to him: “‘You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind.’+38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 (Matt. 22:36-38)

11 Look! We consider happy* those who have endured.+ You have heard of the endurance of Job+ and have seen the outcome Jehovah* gave,+ that Jehovah* is very tender in affection* and merciful.+ (Jas. 5:11)

Read the Bible daily with the goal of drawing closer to Jehovah.

Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you.+ Cleanse your hands, you sinners,+ and purify your hearts,+ you indecisive ones. (Jas. 4:8)

As you read, focus on Jehovah’s tender qualities. Feel his love and affection expressed in the things he says and does.

  Jehovah was passing before him and declaring: “Jehovah, Jehovah, a God merciful+ and compassionate,*+ slow to anger+ and abundant in loyal love*+ and truth,*+ (Ex. 34:6)

Some may struggle to believe that God loves them because they have never been shown love. If you face that challenge, try making a list each day of ways that Jehovah has shown mercy and kindness to you.

38 But he was merciful;+ He would forgive* their error and not bring them to ruin.He often held back his angerInstead of stirring up all his wrath.39 For he remembered that they were flesh,A wind that blows past and does not return.(Ps. 78:38, 39)

32 Since he did not even spare his own Son but handed him over for us all,+ will he not also, along with him, kindly give us all other things? (Rom. 8:32)

As you consider your own experiences and meditate on what you have read in God’s Word, you will likely be able to list many things that Jehovah has done for you. The more you appreciate what Jehovah does, the stronger your bond with him will be.​

116 I love Jehovah Because he hears* my voice, my pleas for help. For he inclines his ear* to me,+ And I will call on him as long as I live.* Ps. 116:1, 2.

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Confiance en temps d’épreuve

Jéhovah est mon secours ; je n’aurai pas peur (Héb. 13:6).

« C’est la personne qui connaît Dieu le mieux qui lui fera le plus confiance en temps d’épreuve. »

Comme c’est vrai ! Pour réussir à faire face à la persécution, il faut aimer Jéhovah et lui faire entièrement confiance.

36 « Enseignant, quel est le plus grand commandement de la Loi+ ? » 37 Il lui répondit : « “Tu dois aimer Jéhovah ton Dieu de tout ton cœur, de toute ton âme et de toute ta pensée+.” 38 C’est le plus grand et le premier commandement. (Mat. 22:36-38)

11 Voyez ! Nous déclarons heureux* ceux qui ont enduré+. Vous avez entendu parler de l’endurance de Job+ et vous avez vu ce que Jéhovah* a fait pour lui à la fin+, et vous avez constaté que Jéhovah* est plein de tendre affection* et miséricordieux+.(Jacq. 5:11).

Lis la Bible chaque jour dans l’objectif de te rapprocher de lui.

 Approchez-​vous de Dieu, et il s’approchera de vous+. Nettoyez vos mains, pécheurs+, et purifiez vos cœurs+, gens indécis. (Jacq. 4:8).

Pendant ta lecture, concentre-​toi sur ses qualités touchantes. Ressens son amour et son affection, qui ressortent de ce qu’il dit et fait.

Jéhovah passait devant lui et proclamait : « Jéhovah, Jéhovah, Dieu miséricordieux+ et compatissant+, lent à se mettre en colère+ et abondant en amour fidèle*+ et en vérité*+ ; (Ex. 34:6).

Certains ont du mal à croire que Dieu les aime parce qu’ils n’ont jamais reçu d’amour. Si c’est ton cas, essaie de faire chaque jour une liste des différentes façons dont Jéhovah s’est montré miséricordieux et bon avec toi.

38 Mais il était miséricordieux+ ; il pardonnait* leur faute et ne les supprimait pas+. Souvent, il retint sa colère+ au lieu de déchaîner toute sa fureur.39 Car il se souvenait qu’ils n’étaient que chair+,un souffle qui passe et ne revient pas*. (Ps. 78:38, 39)

32 Il n’a même pas épargné son propre Fils, mais l’a livré pour nous tous+. Ne nous donnera-​t-​il donc pas aussi volontiers, en plus de lui, toutes les autres choses ? (Rom. 8:32).

En méditant sur ce que tu lis dans la Bible et en réfléchissant à des situations que tu as vécues, tu penseras sans doute à de nombreuses choses que Jéhovah a faites pour toi. Plus tu apprécieras ce qu’il fait, plus ta relation avec lui sera forte.

116 J’aime Jéhovah, parce qu’il* entend ma voix, mes appels à l’aide+ Car il incline son oreille vers moi*+,et je ferai appel à lui aussi longtemps que je vivrai*. (Ps. 116:1, 2)

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