Through the Bible, July 31

Reading: Ezekiel 21; Daniel 7:1-14 Summary: Of the many titles and references used for Jesus, “Son of Man” is the most frequent.  It is also the only one used by Jesus in referring to Himself and He’s the only one to use it.    Though it appears in all four Gospels, …

Through the Bible, July 30

Reading: Mark 15-16 Summary: Jesus is arrested, tried, crucified and raised from the dead. This Gospel ends with a text that is somewhat controversial.  Mark 16:9-20 is not found in some of the earliest manuscripts and some indication of that fact is given in many translations.  For instance, in the …

Through the Bible, July 29

Reading: Mark 13-14 Summary: One of Jesus’ great discourses (sometimes called the Olivet Discourse) is located in chapter 13.  This one is not delivered to an assembled multitude, but privately to Peter, Andrew, James, and John.  It is given in response to their question about when the destruction of the …

Through the Bible, July 28

Reading: no scheduled reading Thoughts and Reflections: With no scheduled reading for today, this is a good time to catch up if you have fallen behind. Otherwise, here are some thoughts drawn from this past week’s readings. Mark leaves no question about where he is headed with this Gospel. Though …

Through the Bible, July 27

Reading: Mark 11-12 Summary: Jesus’ final journey to Jerusalem had begun as recorded in 10:1.  Beginning in chapter 11 is His “triumphal entry” which marks the beginning of the week leading to His crucifixion, often called the “Passion Week”. Jesus’ days are spent in the city while each night He …

Through the Bible, July 26

Reading: Mark 9-10 Summary: Only two miracles are recorded in these two chapters—healing of the boy with an unclean Spirit and blind Bartimaeus—though the miraculous transfiguration is found here as well.  Much teaching of Jesus is related, touching on familiar themes like greatness in the kingdom, divorce, children, temptation, and …

Through the Bible, July 25

Reading: Mark 7-8 Summary: In these chapters, Jesus continues to teach, perform miracles, and engage in confrontations with religious leaders. The watershed event for Mark’s gospel comes at the end of chapter 8 (the same event serves the same purpose in Matthew’s Gospel as well) with the confession by Peter …

Through the Bible, July 24

Reading: Mark 5-6 Summary: These two chapters record a series of Jesus’ miracles (actually begun in 4:35).  Interspersed among these miracles are accounts of Jesus’ rejection at Nazareth, sending out the twelve (called the “limited” commission), and the death of John the Baptist. Devotional Thought: Strange Worship This has to …

Through the Bible, July 23

Reading: Mark 3-4 Summary: Confrontations with Jesus and opposition to Him intensify in response to some of Jesus’ miracles.  Taking issue with Jesus are not only the religious leaders, but His family as well. Here, in chapter 4, Mark also relates a series of Jesus’ parables.  The end of the …