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Monday, February 13, 2012

Jesus fulfilled the Law & the Prophets - Part 3 - Mark 1-8

I thought about only covering one of the four Gospels since they have a lot of overlap, but I decided against that since they are each written to a different audience and do have new material as well.
  • Mark 1:2 - fulfillment of Mal. 3:1
  • Mark 1:3 - fulfillment of Isa. 40:3
  • Mark 1:44 - Jesus told the leper who had been cured to offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded (they were still under the law until Jesus' death)
  • Mark 2:23-28 - Jesus & His disciples break the Sabbath by picking grain (which was against the law given by God through Moses to the Israelites). Jesus compares it to David breaking God's law by eating the holy bread in the temple - which was a purely symbolic/ritualistic thing that though it was law for the Israelites has no inherent moral value to it and isn't applicable to us today. He then tells us that the Sabbath was created for the benefit of man, not the other way around. It's interesting to me that the Sabbath is considered moral to some when it was clearly created. Worshipping God has always been right. Murdering has always been wrong. Moral laws are by definition eternally right/wrong and aren't created. The Sabbath was ceremonial just as the Passover, New Moon Festival, and the other holy-days were. Jesus then tells us He is above the Sabbath - He is Lord (or ruler) of it just as He is Lord of all!
  • Mark 3:1-6 - Jesus seems to go out of His way to heal on the Sabbath, even though He knew it would cause a stir
  • Mark 4:12 - fulfillment of Isa. 6:9-10
  • Mark 7:1-23 is the same as the passage in Matthew dealing with clean/unclean. The summary is verse 18-19 - "'Are you so dull?' he asked. 'Don't you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him 'unclean'? For it doesn't go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body.' (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods "clean")." Note that I didn't add that last part - it's in the Bible.

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