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For this journal entry, I read and studied the New Testament book of Mark. The gospel of Mark tells the story of Jesus’ life and ministry. The chapters that I am writing this entry over are chapters 1-5. These chapters are the start of Mark’s gospel and give us the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. These chapters tell about the start of his ministry and his rise to popularity as he travels around to teach and heal people.
Historical Context – John Mark was likely writing this gospel while he was in Rome, and it was likely written to an audience of Romans. The most popular date for Mark’s gospel is somewhere between AD 55-60. The book is fast paced and easy to read, which means Mark was most likely wanting it to be read by the general
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The first parable is the parable of the sower. The sower throws seeds and some land on the path with no soil, some on the rocky ground with little soil and some on soil that contains thorns – and those seeds all fail to become plants. But some seed landed on the good soil and that is the seed that grows. Jesus then tells them that this means the seed is the Word of God and the soil is the reaction to it. The good soil is the one who accepts it and the others are those who reject it. He then compares the Word of God to an oil lamp, it lights up a room and should not be hidden. He tells another parable, the parable of the growing seed, then he tells the parable of the mustard seed – saying that the kingdom of god is like a tiny mustard seed, but when it grows up it’s one of the biggest plants. He later explains some of the meanings of these parables to his disciples but not to the crowd of people he was preaching to. One day Jesus and his disciples were at sea and a huge storm comes, the disciples are afraid and wake Jesus up and he responds by rebuking the storm and then asking them “why are you so afraid? Have you still so little faith?” (v. …show more content…
He sees Jesus and the demon inside of him begs Jesus to not torture him. Jesus tells him to get out of the man. He asked what the demon’s name was and it said its name was Legion, because it was many demons not just one. They begged him saying, “send us to the pigs; let us enter them” (v. 12). So he then sent the demons into the herd of pigs and they ran away and drowned in the sea. The herdsman saw what happened and ran to tell the people about it, they crowded around to see Jesus and the man who had been possessed and they were afraid and told Jesus to leave. As Jesus was leaving the man who had had the Legion inside of him asked to go with him, but Jesus said no and told him to instead, tell everyone about what he did and how he saved him. Jesus returns to Galilee and he was met by one of the leaders of the church, a man named Jairus. His daughter was sick and he begged Jesus to come with him and heal her. Jesus agreed, and when they went a great crowd followed him. Among the crowd was a woman who had a condition were she had been constantly bleeding for twelve years, this made her ceremonially unclean and not allowed to enter the temple. She thought, “if I touched even his garments, I would be made well” (v. 28). So she reached out and touched Jesus’ robes. Jesus noticed that someone touched him and asked who it was, she woman came forward and he told her she was faithful.

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