Mark 8:27-33 – Death Foretold in Caesarea
|| Matthew 16:13-20; Luke 9:18-21
MK8:27 Now Jesus left with his disciples into the towns of Caesarea Philippi. And along the way he asked his disciples: “Who are people saying I am?” MK8:28 They answered: “John the Baptist.” But others said, “Elijah.” [Malachi 4:1] Still others: “One of the prophets.” MK8:29 Then Jesus asked them: “But, who do you say I am?” And Peter responded: “You are the Christ!” [Daniel 9:25-27] MK8:30 Now Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell any one about him. MK8:31 So Jesus began to teach them that the Son of Humankind [Daniel 7:13] must suffer many things [Isaiah 53:2, 3] and then be rejected [Psalm 118:22] by the [Jewish] elders, the chief priests, and the Bible Copyists. Finally, he would be killed, [Psalm 22:15] but after three days be resurrected. MK8:32 And Jesus spoke plainly to them. But Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. MK8:33 Then Jesus turned around and looking at his disciples he said to Peter: “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not thinking God’s thoughts but those of men!”
 Matthew 16:13-20: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.
 Strict orders: Or, charged, admonished, warned. Jesus does not give them a polite suggestion. The Greek is EPETIMESEN [Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance #2008, ax upon, censure, rebuke] and usually means a “rebuke” just as Peter does in verse 32.
 Jesus spoke plainly to them: In his language Jesus references several phrases from the Hebrew Bible.
 Rebuke: Some men with too much pride, when rebuked, attempt to do the same thing to the one who has rebuked them. Who does Peter think he is? He reveals a depth of arrogance that will one day be humiliated out of him.
 Looking at his disciples: This is not private as Peter’s wrong rebuke, but in front of all of them.
Mark 8 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 8:1-9 – 4000 Fed
Mark 8 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 8:10-13 – Pharisees Seek Sign
Mark 8 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 8:14-21 – Warning About Doctrinal Leaven
Mark 8 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 8:22-26 – A Blind Man in Bethsaida
Matthew 21:10-11 Who Is This? – a Question still posed today #2
Matthew 16:13-20 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Building a Hades-Proof Congregation
TRADITION AND DEFILED HEARTS, PUPPIES,
AND A DEAF MAN
[“Doing What Is Right”]
Key word: Tradition
Mark 7:1-8 – Vain Worship and Human Doctrines
|| Matthew 15:1-9
MK7:1 Now the Pharisees approached Jesus along with certain Bible Copyists from Jerusalem. MK7:2 When they observed some of his disciples eating bread with defiled hands – that is, without [ceremonially] washing them – [[they found fault]]. MK7:3 For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat without [ceremonially] washing their hands, holding to traditions of ancient elders. MK7:4 When they return from the market they do not eat without [ceremonially] washing their hands. And there are many other things that they have received by tradition – the [ceremonial] washing of cups, pots, copper bowls and tables. MK7:5 So the Pharisees and Bible Copyists asked Jesus: “Why do your disciples not conduct themselves according to the traditions of the elders, but eat bread with defiled hands?” MK7:6 Jesus answered them and said: “Excellently has Isaiah prophesied about you hypocrites, exactly as it has been written: ‘This people [of Israel] honors me with their lips, but their heart is distant from me. MK7:7 Their worship of Me is completely worthless, because they teach as doctrine human commands.’ [Isaiah 29:13] MK7:8 You set aside the commandment of the God and [instead] hold fast to human traditions.”
 Matthew 15:1-9: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.
 Defiled hands: It does not mean “dirty” hands but those that have not been ceremonially washed.
 Washing them: Such a ceremonial ‘baptism’ was a rabbinical addition to the Law of Moses.[Luke 11:38] The Babylonian Talmud [Sotah 4b] placed such a violation equally with prostitution.
 Not in some manuscripts.
 Many other things: Beginning with about 200 Mosaic regulations, they swelled to 600, and then later 100,000.
 Their worship of Me is completely worthless: Or, in vain, empty show. The worship of God’s people is not automatically accepted as though there was nothing they could do wrong. Compare notes on James 1:27-29.
 They teach as doctrine human commands: Or, precepts. Those who worship God by means of human doctrines do so in vain. [1 Timothy 4:1-3]
Mark 6 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Review Questions on Chapter Six
Matthew 15 An argument with the Scribes – Teachers and traditions
Mark 4:35-41 – Who is This?
|| Matthew 8:18, 23, 27; Luke 8:22-25
MK4:35 Now that same day when it was night-time, Jesus said to his disciples: “Let us go across the Sea of Galilee.” MK4:36 So after they dismissed the crowds, the disciples took Jesus away aboard a fishing boat. Also, other small fishing boats went with them. MK4:37 But, a great windstorm came up and the waves were smashing into the boat so that it was swamped. MK4:38 Jesus himself was in the stern asleep with his head on a cushion. His disciples woke him up and yelled: “Lord, do you not care if we all perish!” MK4:39 So Jesus rose and then rebuked the wind, speaking to the sea: “Hush! Be quiet!” And the wind did stop and a perfect calm came over the sea. MK4:40 Jesus said to them: “Why are you so frightened? Have you no faith?” MK4:41 Then they were awestruck and said to one another: “Who really is this [person] that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
 Matthew 8:18, 23, 27: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.
 With his head on a cushion: This little detail is not mentioned in Matthew and Luke.
Matthew 8:18-22 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Two Would-be Followers
Matthew 8:23-27 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Jesus Calms a Stormy Sea
Matthew 14 – Faith Small and Great – Key words: Dynamic Works
Mark 4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 4:1-9 – Teaching in Parables
Mark 4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 4:10-13 – How Will You Understand?
Mark 4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 4:14-20 – Sower Parable Explained
Mark 4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 4:21-23 – Light Exposes
Mark 4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 4:24, 25 – Hearing and Responsibility
Mark 4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 4:26-29 – The Sleeping Farmer
Mark 4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 4:30-32 – Kingdom Like a Mustard Seed
Mark 4 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 4:33-34 – Public Parables, Private Teachings
- Fear in your own heart or outside of it
- Why are you afraid?
- So many being afraid – reason enough to step in the boat with Christ
- “In The Midst Of The Storm”
- Today’s thought “Stormy winds fulfilling his word” (February 2)
- Today’s thought “Who then is this?” (February 8)
- 3rd week of ordinary time – cycle 1- Saturday-gospel-reading Mark 4:35-41
- Mark 4:35-41, let’s start
- Mark 4:35-41 and some hard stuff
- Mark 4:35-41 and a dead calm
- Before and After Mark 4:35-41
- Mark 4:35-41 and Footnotes
- Text Study for Mark 4:35-41 (Pt. 1); 4 Pentecost B 2021
- Text Study for Mark 4:35-41 (Pt. 2); 4 Pentecost B 2021
- Text Study for Mark 4:35-41 (Pt. 3); 4 Pentecost B 2021
- Text Study for Mark 35-41 (Pt. 4); 4 Pentecost B 2021
- The sayings of Jesus- Steps to Finding Peace in the Storms of Life.
- On a desert Lake in a sudden Storm
- Job and Jesus and the Revelation of God
- Faith Has Better Teeth — Saturday Sermons from the Sidelines
- Kingdom Creating Connections
- 12 Ordinary Time Sunday
- Be Quiet, Be Still: A Homily for June 20, 2021
- Fear as an Invitation – Br. Curtis Almquist
- Are We Going to Live in Fear or Faith?
- Anchor Deep… and Hold On!
- Stormy weather
- Even the wind and the sea obey him; do you?
- The Fear of the LORD
- Jesus calms the storm
- Calm Amid the Storm
- Fear in the Storm
- The Wednesday Word: Storms and the Majestic Saviour Part 1
- The Wednesday Word: Storms and the Majestic Saviour Part 2
- Mark 4:35-41 for real
- Five Words
- The Peace Speaker
- Jesus is with us. There’s no need for fear.
- Mark 4:35-41 in comparison
- Singing in the Strain
- The Eye of God in the Heart
- Day 24: Beckoning
- Morning Prayer for Friday January 22
Mark 3:7-12 – Crowds Follow Jesus
|| Matthew 12:15, 16; Luke 6:17-19
MK3:7 Now Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the seashore and a large crowd from Galilee and from Judea followed him. MK3:8 And because they had heard such great things about Jesus numerous people from Jerusalem, Idumaea, and from beyond the Jordan, and others from Tyre and Sidon – all these came to him. MK3:9 Jesus told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crush of the crowd. MK3:10 For Jesus had healed so many sick people that the crowds pressed in upon him just to touch him. MK3:11 When [people possessed by] unclean demons saw him they fell down at his feet and cried aloud: “You are the Son of the God!” MK3:12 So Jesus strictly commanded them not to reveal who he was.
 Matthew 12:15, 16: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew.
 You are the Son of the God: Some see this has a reference to Christ’s pre-existence. [Proverbs 8:22-30]
Mark 3 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Mark 3:1-6 – A Withered Hand Cured on the Sabbath
- Can You Imagine?
- Mark 3: Acknowledge the Lord