Other Accounts of What You Read in Mark 1
Understanding the Scriptures
|Remission (v. 4)||Forgiveness|
|Girdle … loins (v. 6)||Leather belt around his waist|
|Straightway (vv. 10, 18, 20–21)||Immediately|
|Synagogue (vv. 21, 23, 29, 39)||Jewish place of worship|
|Astonished (v. 22)||Amazed; surprised|
|Rebuked (v. 25)||Demand that someone stop doing something; to correct|
|Hold thy peace (v. 25)||Be quiet|
|Torn (v. 26)||Shaken|
|Divers (v. 34)||Different kinds|
|Solitary place (v. 35)||Place to be alone (wilderness)|
|For therefore came I forth (v. 38)||This is the reason I came|
|Leper (v. 40)||Person with a skin disease (see Bible Dictionary, “leprosy,” p. 724)|
|Beseeching (v. 40)||Begging|
|Quarter (v. 45)||part of the land|
Mark 1:1—“The Beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ”
While it’s true that Jesus Christ began His church during His mortal ministry, that was not the first time the gospel plan was made known to people on earth. The gospel was actually preached from the time of the first family, Adam and Eve, on this world (see Moses 5:5–12) and even before the world began (see 1 Peter 1:18–20).
Mark 1:2–11—John the Baptist
See the introduction to Matthew 3 (pp. 11–12) for more information about John.
Studying the Scriptures
Do one of the following activities (A or B) as you study Mark 1.
Preparing the Way
Mark began his testimony by describing events that prepared the way for the ministry of Jesus Christ. For each of the following four groups of verses, briefly tell what event Mark described and how you think it helped prepare the way for what would follow in Jesus’ mortal ministry: Mark 1:2–8, 9–11, 12–13, 16–20.
What Can You Learn from a Miracle?
In Mark 1 we read about three different miracles Jesus performed and notes that He also healed “many” (v. 34). In Mark 1:38, Jesus said that a major purpose of His ministry among the people was to preach the gospel. In that context, think about what we learn about Jesus and His gospel from each miracle He performed. For example, as you study the miracle described in Mark 1:40–44, answer the following questions:
What can you learn from the leper about how to come to the Savior and receive blessings from Him?
What can you learn about the Savior from the way He responded to the leper?
To be leprous was considered “unclean” under the law of Moses. To be sinful is to be spiritually unclean. Read Mark 1:40–44 again, changing the word leper to sinner. What can it teach us about when we have sinned?