THE BOOK: Mark

(Mark 1:1-3)

Here are some suggested memory verses:

Mk. 1:15
Mk. 2:17
Mk. 3:35
Mk. 4:24
Mk. 6:52
Mk. 7:6-9,13
Mk. 8:18
Mk. 8:34-38
Mk. 9:1
Mk. 10:31
Mk. 10:45
Mk. 11:23
Mk. 15:32
Mk. 16:15,16


I. Author - Mark (not named)

A. son of Mary - Acts 12:12

1. wealthy family (?) - Acts 12:13

2. a core family in Jerusalem congregation - Acts 12:12

B. cousin of Barnabas - Col. 4:10

C. may be young man of Mark 14:51,52

D. went to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas - Acts 12:25

E. went on first missionary journey with Paul and Barnabas - Acts 13:5

1. turned back at Perga - Acts 13:13

2. rejected by Paul for second trip - Acts 15:37,38

3. accompanied Barnabas to Cyrpus - Acts 15:39

F. later referred to by Paul as "useful to me for service" - 2 Tim. 4:11

G. may have written in behalf (or as frequent companion) of Peter - 1 Pet. 5:13

H. Eusebius - Mark planted church in Alexandria

 

II. Book

A. probably written AD 70 or earlier

B. to Romans

1. clear, direct style

2. Latinisms

a. modius - Mk. 4:21

b. speculator - Mk. 6:27

c. census - Mk. 12:14

d. centurio - Mk. 15:39,44,45

3. does not stress Jewish customs, law (explained where used)

C. extensive use of miracles

 

III. Message: the mission - Mk. 10:45 (follows Peter’s speech in Acts 10:34-43)

(euthus/eutheos "straightway" or "immediately" used 42 times)

A. came to minister - Acts 10:34-38 / Mk. 1:1-8:26

1. preparation - Mk. 1:2-13

2. authority - Mk. 1:14-5:43

a. over sin - Mk. 2:1-12

b. over the Law

1) Mk. 2:23-28

2) Mk. 3:1-6

c. over demons

1) Mk. 3:11,20-30

2) Mk. 5:1-20

d. over nature - Mk. 4:35-41

e. over death - Mk. 5:21-24, 35-43

3. through obstacles - Mk. 6:1-7:23

a. unbelief - Mk. 6:6

b. Herod - Mk. 6:14-29

c. religious traditions - Mk. 7:1-23

d. spiritual blindness - Mk. 8:11-21

4. power

a. over unclean spirits - Mk. 7:24-30

b. over physical problems

1) Mk. 7:31-37

2) Mk. 8:22-26

c. over hunger - Mk. 8:1-9

B. came to give His life a ransom for many - Acts 10:39-43 / Mk. 8:27-16:20

1. (in land of Jews) prepared His followers - Mk. 8:27-10:31

a. requested dedication - Mk. 8:27-38

b. faced confusion, lack of understanding - Mk. 9:32

c. faced followers’ fear - Mk. 10:32-52

2. (in Jerusalem) confronted death, burial and resurrection - Mk. 11:1ff