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Mark 1

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SUMMARY.--The Mission of John the Baptist. His Preaching in the Wilderness. His Baptism in the Jordan. The Baptism of Jesus and the Anointing. The Temptation. Christ's Ministry in Galilee Begun. The Call of Four Apostles. An Unclean Spirit Cast Out. The Increased Fame of Jesus. Peter's Wife's Mother. Solitary Prayer. Preaching Throughout Galilee. Healing the Leper.

Verse 1

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is a sort of title. The whole history of Jesus is an unfolding of the gospel.

Gospel. Good news.

Jesus. The personal name given by the angel (Mat 1:21), meaning "Savior."

Christ. The official title of the Lord. It means the anointed. Kings and priests were anointed in Israel, and Jesus, "the Lord's Anointed" is our Priest and King. They were anointed with oil; Jesus with the Holy Spirit.

Verses 2-3

As it is written in the prophets. Isa 40:3 and Mal 3:1. See notes on Mat 3:3 and Mat 11:10.

Verse 4

John did baptize in the wilderness. Of Judea. See note on Mat 3:1, for account of the wilderness and John the Baptist.

And preached the baptism of repentance. He preached, as well as baptized. Only those who repented were fit subjects of baptism. Hence it was called the "baptism of repentance." Repentance signifies, not only sorrow for sin, but the resolve to sin no more.

For remission of sins. This indicates the object of repentance and baptism. Those who repented and were baptized were pardoned. Both were needful to remission. Compare Act 2:38.

Verse 5

There went out to him. See notes on Mat 3:5-6.

Verse 6

John was clothed with camel's hair. See note on Mat 3:4.

Verses 7-8

There cometh one after me. See note on Mat 3:11.

Shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. See note on Mat 3:11.

Verse 9

In those days. When John had been preaching and baptizing about six months. For the account of the baptism of Jesus see Mat 3:13-17, and the notes.

Verse 10

Coming up straightway out of the water. The Greek preposition translated "out of" is ek, which means out from within. This could only be true of immersion. Thus all great and candid Pedo-baptist scholars concede that Christ was baptized.

Verses 12-13

Tempted of Satan. See Mat 4:1-11, and the notes.

Verse 14

Now after John was put into prison. Mark proceeds to the account of the Savior's public ministry in Galilee. Between Christ's baptism and this occurred the events narrated in John, chapters 2, 3 and 4. For notes on this ministry see Mat 4:12-25.

Verse 16

He saw Simon. For notes on the call of the four apostles see Mat 4:18-22.

Verse 21

They went into Capernaum. For account of Capernaum see note on Mat 4:13.

Entered into the synagogue. For description of a Jewish synagogue see note on Mat 4:23 .

Verse 22

They were astonished at his doctrine. See note on Mat 7:28.

Scribes. For account of scribes see notes on Mat 5:20.

Verse 23

A man with an unclean spirit. See note on Mat 8:28. Compare Luk 4:31-37. The New Testament plainly teaches that demoniac possession was a real and actual possession of the soul by a fallen spirit.

Verse 24

What have we to do with thee? A common Jewish way of saying, "Do not trouble us."

Art thou come to destroy us? An admission that Christ came to destroy the devil and his works.

I know thee. The demon made a better confession that most of the Jews.

Verse 26

He came out of him. At the command. The whole account shows that there was a real possession by an evil spirit.

Verse 27

They were all amazed. Those in the synagogue.

Verses 28-34

His fame spread abroad. For notes on the increasing fame of Christ see Mat 4:25; for notes on the healing of Peter's wife's mother, see Mat 8:14.

Verse 35

And in the morning. See note on Mat 8:17.

Verse 36

Simon. Peter and the other disciples.

Verse 38

Let us go into the next towns. The villages of Galilee.

Verse 39

Throughout all Galilee. This was the first missionary circuit of Galilee. Galilee was then densely peopled. Josephus says it contained 240 towns and villages.

Verse 40

There came a leper. See notes on Mat 8:2-4. Compare also Luk 5:12-15. This miracle occurred after the Sermon on the Mount. Leprosy, that terrible scourge of the East, is unknown in our times, or even in the United States.

Verse 44

Shew thyself to the priest. At Jerusalem.

Those things which Moses commanded. See Lev 14:4-7, and note on Mat 8:4.

Verse 45

Came to him from every quarter. Not only to see and hear, but to be healed.

Bibliographical Information
Johnson, Barton W. "Commentary on Mark 1". "People's New Testament". https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/pnt/mark-1.html. 1891.
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