For each section of the Bible, the Focus on the Bible Commentaries summarize the passage of Scripture, including the intentions of the authors, the historical and cultural environment, and the questions and issues raised by a particular passage. But most importantly, the Focus on the Bible Commentaries brings you into the heart of the Bible, by explaining Scripture in an accessible way that makes sense for daily Christian living.
Mark's Gospel is a book for today's people in today's world. It is vivid, appealing powerfully to the eye of the imagination.
This is an age of new interest in the supernatural, with so many possibilities of deception. Here is Jesus, the True God and perfect Man, working the supernatural works of God. Today harrowing pictures of suffering bombards us all and we ask 'Why?' Here is God's great Suffering Servant, showing us that God cares. Most of all, today's people are fascinated by Jesus himself. Who was this Man? Indeed, if, as Mark believed, he really did rise from the dead, we should re-phrase the question: Who is this Man? Who did he claim to be? All this and much more, Mark's dynamic book brings to us.
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“So, because he was going to bear their sins, he shared the baptism which in their case was an acknowledgement of their sins. His baptism in water foreshadowed the awful baptism of blood which he experienced at Calvary (Luke 12:50).” (Page 43)
“If Jesus is God’s Seed, Israel was the soil, and pretty hard soil it was at this time. John’s task was to break up the soil, so he spoke to the people about their sins, telling them to forsake them and to be baptized in water.” (Page 40)
“There is something else here that we could easily miss. This woman was healed, but were there no other sufferers in the crowd around Jesus? We must realistically face the fact that we can have close contact with Jesus at some level (in this case physical) without ever benefiting from that contact if faith is absent.” (Page 111)
“What must I do to inherit eternal life?’ strongly suggests that he was asking what one thing he could do to clinch his inheritance of eternal life.” (Page 186)
“First of all, Jesus ‘saw heaven being torn open’ (NIV). Mark uses the Greek verb he employs here once more in his gospel, in 15:38, where he tells us that when Jesus died for sinners the great veil in the temple, symbolizing the barrier between God and human beings, was rent asunder. Here just before his ministry opens Jesus is being assured that there is no barrier between earth and heaven for him. So, when he died on the cross, he was dealing with a barrier which existed for others but not for himself.” (Pages 43–44)
. . . Written in simple, non-technical language for ordinary church members . . . the reader will be amply rewarded by the author's explanation of the text and its application to modern life.
—Michael Bentley, Evangelical Times