• Kim Feld

2021_06_14 Insight Post- Kim Feld

This week's reading- Mark 14

This week we will take a quick look at several events in Mark 14. If you have been following along with us, the events will be familiar because we have read about each of them in Matthew’s biography. One of the Bibles that I use for study is the Life Application Study Bible. I use the New Living Translation of this Bible. One of the features that I love is that it shows how all the biographies of Jesus are connected. For instance, Mark 14:1-2 tells of the religious leaders’ plot to kill Jesus. You can also find it in Matthew 26:1-5 and Luke 22:1-2. Let’s take a look at each of these passages:

Mark 14:1-2 (NLT): It was now two days before Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The leading priests and the teachers of religious law were still looking for an opportunity to capture Jesus secretly and kill him. 2 “But not during the Passover celebration,” they agreed, “or the people may riot.”

Matthew 26:1-5 (NLT): When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, 2 “As you know, Passover begins in two days, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”

3 At that same time the leading priests and elders were meeting at the residence of Caiaphas, the high priest, 4 plotting how to capture Jesus secretly and kill him. 5 “But not during the Passover celebration,” they agreed, “or the people may riot.”

Luke 22:1-2 (NLT): The Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is also called Passover, was approaching. 2 The leading priests and teachers of religious law were plotting how to kill Jesus, but they were afraid of the people’s reaction.

If you remember back to our reading of Matthew’s biography, you may remember that Matthew likely wrote with a Jewish audience in mind. Mark wrote for the Christians in Rome, and we will soon see that Luke wrote his biography of Jesus to one person (Theophilus) with non-Jewish readers in mind. So what? The fact that the religious leaders were meeting and plotting at the home of Caiaphas, the high priest, was an important fact for the Jews to know so Matthew included it. That piece of information gives us a fuller picture of the details surrounding this event and shows how the Bible can interpret and expound on itself.

As you prayerfully read through Mark 14 this week, take some time to look at the events of the chapter in the other biographies. What additional information can you learn?

Kim Feld

Executive Director of Education and Outreach