Work as Prayerful Relationships: The story of Jesus healing the paralytic man raises the question of what the theology of work means for those who do not have the ability to work. The paralytic man, prior to this healing, is incapable of self-supporting work.
Roman oppression led to numerous Jewish uprisings, involving great bloodshed. Finally, the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and burned the temple in 70 CE. This destruction traumatized Christians and Jews alike.
Against this background, Mark writes his gospel. His main vehicle of instruction is the disciples. Mark presents the disciples in a harsher manner than the other three gospels. However, Mark's severe depiction of the disciples serves a powerful purpose: First, Mark presents the disciples in a positive light to encourage identification.
Because the readers are also followers of Christ, they immediately identify with the disciples. Subsequent scenes reinforce this positive image. Jesus' appointment of the twelve in 3: The next section, 3: Mark arranges their failures around three boat scenes, three passion predictions, and the arrest, trial, and crucifixion.
After witnessing healings and receiving private instruction, the disciples still become afraid when Jesus calms the storm. They ask, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him? For the first time, the readers question whether the disciples will understand Jesus and his purpose.
Jesus walks on water and calms the sea, and the disciples' response of amazement falls short of true understanding. The feeding of the five thousand gave the disciples a glimpse of Jesus' divine sonship, and Jesus' use of "It is I" 6: Yet, the disciples failed to see these signs.
Mark says the disciples' hearts were hardened, a condition previously used to describe the Pharisees in 3: After taking part in two feeding miracles, the disciples worry about not having enough bread, and Jesus warns them about the leaven of the Pharisees and of Herod.
Verse 18 references 4: This scene intimates that the disciples have already fallen prey to the leaven of the Pharisees and of Herod: The three boat scenes cause the readers, drawn to the disciples, to evaluate themselves in light of the disciples' failures.Discipleship in Mark's Gospel In the world today, discipleship in Mark’s Gospel is being used as a guide to the modern disciple.
The disciples in Mark’s Gospel are good role models for Christians today. Mark's Gospel is probably the first gospel to be written down.
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And Mark tends to be rather concise. His is the shortest gospel. Most important, however, Mark's Gospel provides a straightforward path with which to study of Jesus' life and ministry.
Mark’s purpose in writing the gospel is not to draw moral lessons of life, but lessons about God—the weakness of the disciples shows the strength of Christ, their self-importance is contrasted with his humility.2 1 Discipleship. Kingdom and Discipleship (Mark , 6, 8) Bible Commentary / Produced by TOW Project The Beginning of the Gospel (Mark ) Back to Table of Contents Back to Table Suzanne Watts Henderson, Christology and Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark (Cambridge University Press, ), Teachings and Examples of Discipleship in the Gospel according to Mark.
Discipleship in Mark's Gospel by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D. Introductory Overviews: Four Gospels, Four Expectations for Discipleship. Comparative Charts of the Four Gospels; Named Characters in Mark's Gospel. Kingdom and Discipleship (Mark , 6, 8) Bible Commentary / Produced by TOW Project The Beginning of the Gospel (Mark ).