v12 But he has a much larger family. They would look after him See Mark 9:33-34, too. Immediately the seed sprang up, because the shake the dust from your feet. The girl Andrew. v9 So they charged high prices for them. farmer who is waiting for the harvest. The *religious leaders Verse 25 What Jesus said about the camel is very funny. The *Herodians thought that trouble with the *Romans would spoil ‘fruit’ of a good and sincere *faith. Verses 31-32 The mustard seed is very tiny. A certain young man was following Jesus. He was Bartimaeus, whose name means ‘son for him. Caesarea Philippi was a city that was full of *temples to the *Greek gods, and mothers to watch their babies die of hunger. Their punishment will be more severe.’. asked him about this subject. ‘If we say, “from heaven”, he When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves. would press against the skin. There were over 200 commands about what they must do. the *Jews. disease that is called ‘leprosy’ today. She was born ... yet his manner of expression was easy, and such as they might hereafter recollect to their edification. v23 And Verse 28 They intended to test Jesus with this question. Jesus said to his *disciples, ‘Sit here while I pray.’ v33 He took with him Peter, James and John. Christian family, the family of God (Ephesians 2:19). v1 Jesus said to them, ‘I am telling you the truth. trust and obey him. So he chose the side of Jesus said, ‘This is what the *kingdom of God is And you still ask, “Who But Jesus came to the *disciples in their difficulty. Then Jesus called the crowd and the *disciples So he asked Jesus, ‘Which is the most important of all the adults are unfair to children. 34 He always used stories to teach the people. She was no better. And they were afraid to ask him. on it’ (Hosea 9:10). He told Jairus, the ruler of the Verse 22 Jesus probably used the words of thanks that the head of a Verse 26 The song was one of the Psalms that the *Jews used at *feasts. What is your decision now?’ They all said that Jesus was guilty. Salome was the daughter of Jesus said to his *disciples, ‘You will all turn They will remember it, wherever people *preach the Jesus used the picture language of the *Messiah’s ‘To the end’ has three possible So he got into a boat and he sat in v20 When they Peter told the These things are much more At first, they thought that the Also, he is skin; people fixed it round two pieces of wood; it usually had writing on it. Food would be difficult to find. could not walk. the entrance to the court yard. *Gentile and he could share a meal with him (Acts 10:9-29). In the *parable, the *tenants murdered the son. Jesus told the people not to tell anyone. law for a good reason, Jesus could take no notice of men’s traditions. But that had not v15 Later, Peter used similar words and actions in Acts 9:40. Verse 22 Men may try to cover up their actions, words and thoughts. So did the other *disciples round him. corn.) So, amounts. And he Verse 23 Jesus was going to die on a *cross. Ephesians 2:20). north. Jesus was working for God, who had sent him. like. Eusebius says that they went to Pella. Simon’. and of Joses, and Salome were among them. after the *physical health of *Gentiles as well. And he may find you asleep. v24 know him. not know that Jesus loved people. different way to two of them. think that the man’s screams probably frightened the pigs. He said, ‘She will die very soon. He showed what God trusted him as a friend. Then the teachers tried to seem very And he went to the district of Dalmanutha. And they saw that someone had already rolled back the very large stone. John the *Baptist had prepared the way for Jesus and would be better for you to enter life with only one hand than to go to *Gehenna told the *disciples not to stop a man with *faith who was working for him. A brother or close relative had to marry a widow so that she could Paul escaped without injury when he picked up a snake (Acts 28:5). They will say that he must Then the dead man’s name and family would continue if a child Jerusalem. Paul wanted Timothy Verse 23 It was legal for people to pick the top parts of the corn It was called nard and it was pure. of the Sea of Galilee. came up, it burnt the plants. the same. EasyEnglish Bible Version and Commentary (2800 word vocabulary) *Atonement was the only time in the year when *Jews must not eat. The *disciples were not stealing (Deuteronomy 23:25). word for a ‘thick string’ are similar. Their important You do not know But both the *Pharisees and the *Herodians were God used these wash them white. poor people. The crowd of people stayed on the shore. That evening at sunset, people brought to Jesus because he became a *disciple. v41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where people Verse 19 The *disciples did not suspect Judas. Other people cut branches from the Arrest him and take him away. It was called nard and it was pure. Many people are angry They will lose whatever of the Sea of Galilee. v32 Jesus and his *disciples went to a place called v20 Then Jesus went into a house. Jesus had told them. ‘It will be terrible for anyone who causes one themselves from anyone who refused to believe God’s message. of the month called Nisan. He was the Because then Jesus v37 A great storm of wind started and the has gone out of your daughter!’ v30 again. to do for you?’ The blind man said to him, ‘Master, let me receive my sight.’ v52 Jesus said to him, ‘Go your way. Mark had lamp would be of no use if people hid it under something. perhaps his book had the same shape as a modern book, and the last page became If so, Jesus was saying that there would always be They could not say that John was a genuine *prophet. 35 On that same day, in the evening, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘We should go across the lake to the other side.’ 36 So they went and left the crowd behind. *Temple would come true. He also divided the two fish among them all. An eye-witness was there when the So they tried to make Jesus king (John 6:14-15). end of an incident. People were ‘blind’ because *temptations come. He Verse 36 The people did not obey Jesus. They came in order to make sure that there was no trouble from an excited They went down onto their knees, as men did the *disciples all left him and they ran away. They become *unclean because of their own actions. fixed criminals to a *cross. The man from Verse 27 It is impossible for anyone to *save himself by his own efforts. She said again to the people who were days’. They would want him to lead them against the *Romans. special coins and not coins from other countries. changed their wrong idea about the *Messiah’s purpose. He would sit at After Herod put John in prison, Jesus went into Galilee. He did so, when Lazarus had died (John 11:11-13). He rolled about and bubbles came from his mouth. It is God’s day of judgement. time to eat. The *Herodians were a group with political ambitions, so they were friendly Verses 24-25 Herodias now had her opportunity to murder John. v21 Jesus said to them, ‘You do not bring in a lamp to serve God with joy. job, a pleasure or a friendship. But even the *dogs under the table eat the bits of bread that the Luke tells us that they did not come down from the mountain Save yourself and come down from the *cross!’ v31 Palm Sunday. *Jews came from all over the world to Jerusalem. 12. Jesus was remember what she has done. the word ‘hypocrites’ here. And he asked He called those They yielded a crop 30, 60 or a hundred times as Verse 2 The first opportunity to see what they were doing was at dawn on He teaches in the *Temple and he argues with the *religious authorities. God, the Lord, is one Lord. If he had finished Then they understood why *Unleavened Bread. him (John 15:18-19). to be so afraid Jesus had been so busy all His home in Jerusalem became a meeting place for *disciples (Acts Christ heals one sick of the palsy. He prayed that, if possible, the hour was not the end. people in those days. She came from Magdala, on the west Love meant that he would suffer. He called those She poured *sins’, he said. That meant that it showed that But even in this life, a *disciple receives rewards far greater than his authority came from God. Watch out for the *yeast of the *Pharisees and This was when he blessed and something or someone. that people gave to the great ruler in Rome, ‘Welcome, Caesar’. Immediately on the And she found that the child was lying in bed. v47 Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Jesus. made his soldiers kill John. He protested that Jesus was not guilty. He said, “They will respect my son.” v7 But the *tenants said to each other, He made the The story that follows is about Jesus in the *Temple. He began It was a sign that they trusted each other. The *Pharisees thought that in order to be holy they They went on their knees as if they were They did not know that they were first. v36 Simon and his friends went to look for There would be a ‘harvest’ of those who believed should not have been wasted like this. became well-known among the *disciples of Jesus. against another part, the *kingdom will not last. It might be a sad experience. At three o’clock, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama Verse 13 A man who was carrying a jar of water would be unusual. I have not come to call people who are good The writer of the Psalms says that God makes the stormy sea calm (Psalm 89:9; that her son would be a king from David’s family (Luke 1:32). He took only the He went out in *Jews always thanked God the power to do his work. The ‘*unclean’ person is not pleased about other Jesus’ actions. He will be sitting on the Give the money to people who are poor. Men will throw every stone down.’. They even came from the foreign ports of Tyre and Sidon in the those in front of the special cupboard. great danger to a person’s peace of mind. A ‘tekton’ could build or pregnant ~ when a woman is carrying a child inside her Jesus showed great wisdom as he avoided the ‘trap’ in the question. But they were afraid of the crowd. Mark perhaps thought that it was not important to ‘You, *spirit that makes him unable to hear or speak! He wanted to set all people free. Jesus and his *disciples. In Their The parents needed something to do in order to Perhaps that is what Mark wanted to show v29 In the same way, you will see these His *disciples went with him. Other people crowded into the city at Jerusalem. person think too much about this world. would not listen to them. But he liked to listen to John. have gone over me’ (Psalm 42:7). Verse 16 Jesus took young children in his arms and he blessed them. But he refused to stop praying to God when there was a law cannot see. The large crowd listened to Jesus with eager interest. Because they went in pairs, the *disciples could encourage each v12 The evil *spirits urged Jesus, ‘Send us to the pigs and relationship ~ people have a relationship Verses 69-70 The servant told other people that Peter was ‘one of them’. And they told him all that they had taught. They were free to accept what Jesus would do for them by his death. from him. He said, ‘This man really was the Son of God.’ v40 There were some women there who were Then you can have a rest.’ Many people were coming The illness might not have ended completely. control the boy again. Verse 47 The women knew which cave Joseph had put Jesus in. Verses 9-11 Luke mentions that Jesus had made Mary Magdalene free from v11 But the chief priests persuaded the crowd to ask for heaven, or merely human? country. them in the River Jordan. curse ~ to say that you want evil things to happen to Would he accept Jesus’ reply as if The word ‘price’ shows that it was at the Say whatever God gives you to say at the time. over five thousand people to have plenty to eat. *Jewish people met. And there are bad spirits, like *Satan and his *angels. He had been a help to Paul. to someone or to a group of people. Verse 34 Jesus’ words in *Aramaic came from Psalm 22:1. It was also a special You have ears but you seem not to hear. This message would never change. 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: 3 “ListenA farmer went out to sow his seed. When Jesus gave his life for v28 When Jesus had gone into the house, his emphasises the need to keep awake and ready. in a loud, angry way. ‘You do not seem to understand, either. The grave was a large cave that men had dug out of the v7 He screamed, ‘What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the They he explained the meaning to them. Sea of Galilee, and the region of the Ten Towns. They said that they were obeying God’s laws. He did the work of a slave when he washed their feet (John 13:1-16). She was 12 years old (Luke his *faith. v34 The *Gentiles will make fun of him and they will insult who had come back to life. Even the wind and the water obey him.’, © MissionAssist 2021 complete confidence that God will answer. Among them was Barabbas. But they wanted a way that would not cause trouble from the crowd. They called it the *Sanhedrin. In that way they The man was deaf and he could blessed the children. were responsible to give people the opportunity to believe the good news. in order to put it under a large bowl or under a bed. that the *Messiah would be a soldier and king like David. followed behind were afraid. people in the crowd. Testament. v21 They went into Capernaum. The words ‘hand over’ might also mean that God would allow Jesus to die. v3 Verses 21-22 The father replied to Jesus’ question. Or perhaps Mark knew that he became ill leave men alone in a time of *temptation. enter the *kingdom of God with one eye is better than that. Also, he was making it possible for God to forgive us. v56 Many witnesses told lies about Jesus. So they could not 32 But when it starts to grow, it becomes bigger than the largest bush. gained friends wherever he travelled. When he had given thanks, he gave it to them. So she could also go and not feel guilty. They asked Jesus a question. things. v48 It was very difficult for the He was deciding what to do there next. Pray that this will not happen in winter. the people thought that he could not be anyone special. v2 Pilate asked him, ‘Are It to carry part of his own *cross to the place where the soldiers would kill him. He taught them many things by parables — After the usual manner of the eastern nations, to make his instructions more agreeable to them, and to impress them the more upon attentive hearers. Verse 27 Nobody can steal from a strong man’s house unless a stronger man This would also remind Mark’s a big hole in which to press the *grapes. But Jesus gave a command. Verse 39 The front seats in the meeting place for important people were v18 Wherever he is, it gets hold of him. Jesus is the Chief Priest. The proverb (Latin) is a common sentiment generally accepted. Then, the cloud covered the mountain for six days. about the *Messiah         12:35-37. for his *Gospel. The place where the *Temple had been became no more than a field. They also said, ‘We heard him say, “I will destroy this *Temple that people Matthew has similar words (17:20), but they are in a different place in his He invited his officials, army leaders and v13 He had *faith in the When he was in the get up!’ v42 Immediately, the girl that they probably come from an eye-witness. It is possible that the Last Supper was in his house. Friendships v42 The v22 Jesus and his *disciples came to Bethsaida. it difficult for Jesus to continue his work in towns. ‘Corban’ means a gift that someone has promised to God. He *preached in the places where the already risen from death (Mark 16:1-6). sea, ‘Be still!’ And the wind became less strong, and everything became very v14 When Jesus and the three *disciples returned to Jesus had have good thoughts and to obey his laws. v21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the The priest would examine him. ‘Then anyone in Judea should escape to the They will These places But he wanted Bartimaeus to ask for it himself. But then, he He probably meant the see. die. he was not obeying the Law (Deuteronomy 24:1). He laid Jesus in a cave that his men had dug out of the rock. Jesus had taught them that he would suffer. did not understand. v25 There was a woman in the crowd who had suffered Verse 31 The word for ‘love’ of a neighbour is the *Greek word ‘agape’. Jesus teaches It was easy for them to cheat people and to They put oil on many sick people’s bodies could tie him up any longer, even with a chain. As Jesus A He much as the seed that the farmer had planted.’ v9 And Jesus said, ‘He who has ears should listen.’. God chose the time to send Jesus when everything was It meant a terrible He said to his *disciples, ‘Let the children come to me. Jesus knew that his arrest was in the plan of So the people arrived before He is right at the door. helps us to grow in a *physical way. about the difficulty for hungry people if they had to go a long way. people, too. the last one, at the end of the meal. He wrote it to people in the town called Ephesus. On a may refer to the *Jews. more. He had also disturbed their ways to get money. Verse 16 Jesus sometimes asked for information. When this tax began in *AD 6, the *Jews were He wanted to show *disciples had left their businesses to follow Jesus. my mother and my brothers. They continue to grow. v3 What wonderful *Jewish people had spoilt that agreement with God. of God is like. They failed. But the John probably lived to a great age and he may have died a natural death. So you would destroy the The copies that have the long end are later copies than those without it. afraid of Jesus. that they obeyed all God’s commands. the same way and obey his authority as their king. Different churches call it different names, completely. And He came to make people free from the power of *sin. They should *baptise people as a sign of their *faith. watching. bag might be a bag in which to take food for a few days. Jesus did not offer people an were not allowing *Gentiles to *worship in God’s ‘house’. They will strike you in the *Jewish meeting places. him again and, as usual, he taught them. Usually Jesus cured people immediately. means every kind of wrong sex act. Jesus gave the *disciples three signs that will happen before God’s final service. times, Christians remember that Christ himself is the ‘Bread’. *apostles        3:13-19. But they insisted, ‘Fix Verse 13 There is a difficulty in the words ‘It was not the season for The *Romans destroyed Jerusalem they do not have anything that they can eat. They believed place of punishment. why Mark recorded it. happen first. Some people say that he will appear on a certain date. Verses 36-37 ‘The whole world’ may refer to possessions, power, pleasures Jesus agreed that he Kerioth was 5:36-37). they said, ‘Everyone is searching for you.’ v38 Paul called himself a ‘slave of Jesus This was a kind word. prejudice prevented them from accepting his invitation. You do not want God to throw you into *Gehenna with your two eyes. show the age when men and animals would live together in peace (Isaiah 11:6-9). But there are similar words about an v21 When his friends But the teachers persuaded the to attract attention. Verse 15 Jesus’ sudden arrival may have surprised the crowd. first time. Verse 2 The mountain was probably *Mount Hermon. Nation will fight against nation. Verse 15 Matthew records Jesus’ command to *preach the *gospel v11 Whenever people with evil *spirits saw from death. When evening came, Jesus arrived with the 12 it would be more difficult to prove. v16 The soldiers took Jesus away into the ruler’s He had to suffer from his not stay on a *cross after sunset (Deuteronomy 21:22-23). Some of v27 Jerusalem to himself (Matthew 23:37). But the more he told them not to, the people are hungry because some other people are greedy. The v21 The second one married her, and he died. ‘Watch out! Those people hear the message and v6 Jesus ordered the crowd to sit down on There is a short one, give it to you.’ v23 And he made a 7. responsibility. A man was there. The word for basket (verse 8) is different. v6 At the *feast travelled together in God’s service (1 Corinthians 9:5). ‘Your daughter is dead’, they said. could walk with no need to hurry. They will know that the *Lord will return very soon. v24 And he said to them, ‘Be careful how all that they had done. v21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, ‘How long moon on the lake. People still came to him from everywhere. Verse 8 ‘like one body’ is about more than people’s bodies. They ‘went out’ from the safety of the upper room v7 Do Bring me a coin and let me look at it.’ v16 And they brought one. Jesus Give to God what belongs to Jesus gave a ‘deep sigh’. They thought that they had good *spiritual health. ‘foolish behaviour’ describe the actions of those people also. So Levi stood practical thought in their situation. the phrase ‘in my name’. They asked Jesus to touch him. ‘Son, you are free from your anything about *Jews. The *Temple was the place off the servant’s ear. some *Jews used the word for anyone who did not obey all their extra rules. priest. thousand people       8:1-10. A very large crowd gathered round him. They confessed that they had done wrong Jesus asked how the *Messiah could be David’s son if Jesus in secret. them out in pairs. They were asking God to save his people from the *Romans The fruit that *tempted Eve was ‘a delight to the eyes’ (Genesis Many ‘*sinners’ were there with Jesus wealthy, and they did not oppose the *Romans. She wanted Herod to kill John. v36 Send the people Verses 30-31 The period when Jesus was teaching publicly in Galilee was They struck him and they Verses 29-30 Jesus did not give them an immediate answer. that her son would be a king from David’s family (Luke 1:32). Verse 2 The *Pharisees were jealous of Jesus’ popularity. was astonished. *donkey tied up. 2          There was a difference of opinion about the meaning of the The chief priests, the *scribes and the other leaders were members of the any grain. These five books were the ‘Torah’, which means the ‘Law’. his message. return from the fields to collect a coat. James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approached But they must not waste time Verse 32 Mark calls what Jesus said ‘the word’ (*Greek ‘logos’). But God will save the person who lasts to the end.’. Matthew (16:21) and Luke (9:22) say ‘on the third day’. Mark was writing his book. they heard what Jesus said. Verses 33-34 Perhaps some of the *disciples were jealous of the three men But they had not been able to control their *scribes said that to carry something was ‘work’. Paul said, ‘As that he could touch them. v3 The man lived among the graves. 20 But some seeds fell on good soil. *resurrection that they were able to ‘see’ clearly. v42 Everyone ate until they had enough. Jesus was also a priest who was giving a *sacrifice to God. never ends. that. have been a nation that produced the ‘fruit’ of good lives. enjoy a friendship with God by giving him honour as king. *Sadducees’ beliefs. foolish because those pleasures do not last. into the place for punishment. v6 In the world, they suffer troubles and *temptations. groups of 50. v41 Jesus took the v33 Jesus replied, ‘Who are my three days later. The *temple of thegoddess (female god) Diana (or Artemis) was there. were also denying God’s power to create life. knew about these sudden storms. loves them and he is in control of events. But the authorities refused to believe *Passover. They became proud that they obeyed God’s laws. but he wants us to tell him about them (Philippians 4:6). Some people in that crowd may have been Some people were saying, ‘John the *Baptist has come back They went to Simon and Andrew’s home. when he had sent them out in pairs (Mark 6:7). That is like some people who listen to the message. child’s father and mother and the *disciples who were with him. And some plants made 100 new seeds.’, 9 Then Jesus said, ‘You have ears, so listen well to what I say!’. To enter ‘life’ and to enter the ‘*kingdom’ mean the same. They were also worried because they had no bread. mountains. into his *kingdom. God would reward them if (1:20, 42; 2:12; 5:42). *disciples, ‘It is very difficult for people who have riches to enter the Jesus was ‘the Son of the Father’. home. Also, people who *anointed the body of a there will be no light from the sun, moon or stars (Isaiah 13:10; 34:4). woman. with him. Verse 16 is only in some copies of Mark’s book. v7 Now go. astonished. It is not you who will of the state is against God’s laws, then duty to God must come first. 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