Good morning everyone.
Today we continue our study in the Book of Mark.
The Book of Mark represents the Lord Jesus Christ as a humble servant as its key theme.
Two weeks ago, we learned the basic Bible doctrine concerning the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God.
We get the definitions of these two terms when comparing scriptures with scriptures.
We learned that the Kingdom of Heaven is an earthly, visible, and physical kingdom [Matthew 11:12].
The Kingdom of God, on the contrary, is a spiritual and invisible kingdom [Luke 17:20-21, Romans 14:17].
Before we begin our class today, let us read a key verse for our study from [Mark 10:45] aloud together.
Mark 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Last time we studied together, we ended at verse 15.
The Lord Jesus Christ showed up, and He went to be baptized by John the Baptist.
This should give us a clue already that water baptism cannot save anyone.
Let us think about it.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was God manifest in the flesh.
Does the Lord Jesus Christ need to be saved?
It is then so clear that water baptism has no way to save souls!
OK, let us continue with verse 16.
Mark 1:16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
The Lord walked by the sea of Galilee.
He began His ministry and called the first disciples.
Their names were Simon and Andrew.
They were fishermen.
The two were fishing while they met the Lord Jesus Christ.
Mark 1:17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
Does this verse ring you any bells at IIBC?
We now know the scriptural reference for our favorite song!
“I will make you fishers of men. fishers of men. fishers of men.”
“I will make you fishers of men if you follow me.”
It takes personal willingness and faith to follow Jesus.
The Lord can make us be a person that we cannot even imagine.
The important thing is that we need to give Him time.
Mark 1:18 And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.
We see the word “straightway” again.
When the Lord Jesus Christ called Simon and Andrew, they immediately decided to go with Him.
Verse 18 shows us two interesting words.
Forsook and followed.
If you would like to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, it will cost something in your life that you need to forsake.
It can be your time for personal leisure.
It can be your job opportunity.
Following the Lord Jesus Christ will not exempt you from life problems.
Go back to verse 17 one more time.
The Lord Jesus Christ said
…Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
When the Lord calls us, we are to be willing and obey Him.
Is there anything in your life that hinders you from following the Lord?
Sometimes, we do not see God’s work in our lives.
This is because we do not even make our decision to follow Him.
It is a long-term life decision.
It goes against our fleshly nature.
Remember the Lord said
… I will make you to become fishers of men.
He promised to do this.
We need to give Him time.
Mark 1:19 And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets.
Mark 1:20 And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.
Then Lord walked a little further.
He met James and John.
He called them to follow Him.
James and John were also fishermen.
The word “straightway” appears again in verse 20.
The servant must not delay the work of the master.
James and John decided to leave their father and fishing business to follow the Lord Jesus Christ.
Again, we see the same pattern here.
To be a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, it requires giving up something in your life!
Mark 1:21 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught.
We can see the names of four disciples including James, John, Simon, and Andrew who the Lord has called them.
They went with the Lord Jesus Christ to Capernaum and entered the synagogue.
Synagogues were a public assembly of persons.
It was not only for religious purposes but also the legal and cultural activity.
The scriptures show us that the Lord Jesus Christ often spoke in the synagogues [Matthew 4:23, Matthew 13:54, Mark 6:2].
Synagogue was used as a court [Matthew 10:17, Acts 22:19, Acts 26:11, John 9:22, John 12:42, John 16:2].
The apostles used the synagogues to preach the gospel to the Jews [Acts 13:5, Acts 14:1].
In each synagogue, there was an ark, or a chest containing the law.
There were a raised platform and a desk for the speakers.
There was seating for men below and the elevated galleries for women above.
There were also seats for officers in front of the platform facing the congregation.
The synagogue for the Jews during the time of the Lord Jesus Christ is just like a small local church in our time.
What did the Lord Jesus Christ teach in verse 21?
We would need to go to [Luke 4:16-21].
Luke 4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
Luke 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luke 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Luke 4:20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
Luke 4:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
We get additional information here.
The Lord Jesus Christ went to the synagogue.
He read the scripture from the Book of Isaiah.
[Luke 4:18-19] refers to [Isaiah 61:1-2].
Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
Isaiah 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
I would like you to pay attention to [Luke 4:21].
… This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
This is a bold statement that the Lord Jesus Christ has made while He was at the synagogue.
He was telling the people there that He is the Messiah that the prophet Isaiah mentioned in the scripture.
Mark 1:22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.
Doctrine refers to a teaching.
The scribes are those with the duty to protect, preserve, and copy the scriptures.
The scribes preserved the law, but they were not subject to it.
When the Lord Jesus Christ taught the scripture, He had respect for the word of God.
He encouraged others to believe it.
He presented the scriptures with authority.
People there noticed it.
If we believe that the written word of God in the Bible is the supreme authority, then all other opinions have to bow.
How we live as Christian should be based on the word of God.
Mark 1:23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
Mark 1:24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
At the synagogue, there was a man possessed by an unclean spirit.
When the Lord Jesus Christ proclaimed the truth from the word of God, it stirred up an unclean spirit in that person.
This unclean spirit knew that it had nothing to do with the Lord Jesus Christ.
This unclean spirit even knew that the Lord Jesus Christ was God!
… I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
It knew about the judgment and torment in the burning hell.
Mark 1:25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.
Mark 1:26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.
The Lord Jesus Christ dealt with this unclean spirit, which possessed the man.
He commanded it to come out with authority.
Lost sinners belong to the Devil.
When they get saved, they belong to God’s side.
The Devil will discourage saved believers from following the Lord Jesus Christ.
This can be pain, trouble, or past bad experience.
The Devil will use these things to inflict us.
The Devil wants us to blame God for life troubles.
Mark 1:27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.
Mark 1:28 And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.
People at the synagogue saw the miracle that the Lord Jesus Christ has done.
They also listened to His teaching from the word of God.
They witnessed Him casting out the unclean spirit from the man.
People started to hear about the works of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Has the Lord Jesus Christ been good to you this week?
Why do you not tell this to others?
Next class, we will learn about the healing ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ.