Mark (Holman New Testament Commentary)
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One in a series of twelve New Testament verse-by-verse commentary books edited by Max Anders.
Includes discussion starters, teaching plan, and more. Great for lay teachers and pastors alike.
year's wages, shows the incredible extravagance of this sacrifice by Mary. The critics of Mary's extravagant expression said the perfume could have been sold and the money given to the poor. Giving gifts to the poor on the eve of Passover was customary for the Jews. More importantly, it shows the insensitivity of the disciples in comparison to the great love Mary had for Jesus . Mary shows that Jesus deserves our best. The more we love Jesus, the more we will show it by what we offer to him.
could be interpreted as “time for sleeping is over” or “the account is closed.” In other words, “It is time to go to the cross and finish my mission.” Both could fit because Jesus said, The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. The sinners were the people who would bring about his death. 14:42. The word rise indicates the disciples were still asleep on the ground. Jesus told them to get on their feet. Then Jesus faced his fear head on by greeting the
him. The people who saw the man who had been possessed by demons sitting with Jesus exhibited the second type of fear—fear of the unknown. But instead of letting this fear lead them to an awe of God and what he had done, they drove Jesus from their midst. The woman with the hemorrhage exhibited the first kind of fear. She knew what she had done, she knew her status, and she knew that Jesus was infinitely more powerful than she was. Her fear, however, was overcome by Jesus' kind words and his
as yourself” is from Leviticus 19:18. The Jews understood this verse as “treating your fellow Jew the way you would want to be treated.” Jesus expanded its definition (in Luke 10) to include even those people we hate—our enemies. Barclay notes, “It is always easy to let ritual take the place of love. It is always easy to let worship become a matter of the Church building instead of a matter of the whole life. The priest and the Levite could pass by the wounded traveler because they were eager to
Imagine the incredible power and devastation it would take for such a prophecy to come true. Jesus' prophecy did come true when the Roman general Titus first conquered Jerusalem. He ordered that the temple be preserved, but it was gutted by fire. So completely was the temple and the accompanying buildings destroyed that only parts of the Wailing Wall remained. 13:3. Four of the disciples were riveted by such a prophesy concerning the destruction of the temple. Peter, James, and John formed the