2021_04_26 Insight Post- Kim Feld
This week's reading- Mark 1-2
Welcome to Mark’s biography of Jesus! Whereas Matthew was written primarily for a Jewish audience, Mark seems to be writing to Gentile believers. It is believed that he is writing from Peter’s account of events as Mark was not one of the disciples. Matthew’s biography used many Old Testament references to point to Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah; Mark paints a picture of Jesus’ humanity as the suffering servant.
The book of Mark is short with only 16 chapters, and the pace is fast. He doesn’t spend a lot of time on the events that he records, except for the last week of Jesus’ life which takes up more than 40% of the book. Mark’s biography was an encouragement to believers who were likely experiencing persecution by this point.
In Mark, we see Jesus in action, healing and performing miracles. Pay attention to what Mark highlights and what he omits. Now that we’ve read Matthew, go back and read his account of an event along with Mark’s. Remember, none of the biographies intend to give the events in chronological order. The biographies complement each other, giving us a fuller picture.
Mark reveals Jesus showing us who He is through His actions. He begins with John the Baptist and the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, covering just about three years of Jesus’ life. Mark’s power-packed account shows us Jesus’ humanity, His humility, and His sacrifice.
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