The Book of Mark [Lesson 5]

The Book of Mark [Lesson 5]

Good morning everyone.

We continue our study together today from the Book of Mark and its first chapter.

We hope to finish this chapter today.

We began our study by establishing the understanding that the Book of Mark represented the Lord Jesus Christ as a humble servant.

The servant would not just talk, but he instead does the works.

The servant responds immediately to the call of the master.

The Book of Mark begins with a grand truth in verse one.

Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;

Once again, the Bible pronounces the Lord Jesus Christ as God.

He is eternal, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending.

And quickly, He will come again.

The entire Book of Mark can be summarized by one verse from [Mark 10:45].

Let us read it 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.

We will start with verse 35.

Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

What do you see from this verse?

You will see that the Lord Jesus Christ woke up early in the morning.

The first thing He did was to find a quiet place and pray.

Every day in the morning, before the care of this world hits us, we ought to seek the Lord in prayer.

Find the place where you can be alone with God without any distractions to pray.  

Our current world, as we learned from the scripture, is under the influence of Satan.

The Bible tells us that right now, Satan is the god of this world [2 Corinthians 4:4].

2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

So, the Lord gives us two spiritual weapons to fight against the force of darkness.

First is the word of God.  As we know, it is the sword of the Spirit [Ephesians 6:17].

The second spiritual weapon the Lord gives us is prayer.

Sadly, many saved believers neglect both Bible reading and prayer.

No doubt, their spiritual conditions are vulnerable to the attack of the satanic scheme.

Next, let us read verses 36-37.

Mark 1:36 Simon and they that were with him followed after him.

Mark 1:37 And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee.

Mark 1:38 And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.

Mark 1:39 And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.

From these scriptures, we learned that Simon came and looked for Jesus. 

Possibly, there would be other people who came with Simon to find Jesus as well.      

Verse 38 tells us that the Lord went to the next towns to do His ministry and preach the word of God.

The Lord repeated the same ministry with another town.

It was teaching, healing, casting out devils, and visitation during the day.

In the evening, more people came for Him to be healed.

There were more people possessed by devils to cast out.

This gives us a real and practical example of the nature of the ministry.

It does not operate according to the business hours.

Ministers of the Lord need to be ready beyond their convenient time!

These passages also give us a spiritual application.

Everyone starts from the point of their salvation.

We receive the same gospel that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures [1 Corinthians 15:3-4]. 

Our eternal life starts from the moment we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.

Believers should have a progression in their spiritual walk with the Lord.

The church is to be a place to equip and train believers so that one day they can move on and minister to others.

Read once again from verse 38, and you will see the Lord’s pattern in the ministry. 

Mark 1:38 And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.

From verses 40-45, the scripture talks about the healing ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ to a leper.

Mark 1:40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

The Bible mentions there is a leper who came to the Lord Jesus Christ.

This man is affected by a severe skin disease called leprosy.

In the Old Testament, the priest will pronounce those who are affected by leprosy as unclean [Leviticus 13:2-3].

Leprosy is a picture of sin.

Leprosy is deeper within the skin. 

Then it becomes visible on the outside.

Leprosy renders a man unclean.

Sin renders sinner unclean.

Sin is in every one of us.

Sin spreads!

Sin defiles!

Sin will cut you off from a blessed life!

Now let us observe the action of this leper.

…beseeching him.

This leper asked for mercy from the Lord. 

…and kneeling down to him. 

This leper kneeled before the Lord. It showed the action of humility.

…and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

This leper believed that the Lord Jesus Christ could cleanse him from this leprosy. 

Next, let us read verses 41-42. You will see the Lord’s reaction to this leper.

Mark 1:41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.

Mark 1:42 And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.

The Bible tells us that the Lord Jesus Christ had compassion for this man.

He touched this leper who the society did not want to be near.

This leper asked Lord Jesus Christ to heal him.

What did the Lord say?

…I will; be thou clean.

From verse 42, you can see the word, immediately, appears again.

This leper is immediately healed!

This passage is a beautiful salvation message.

We all are affected by sin. 

We all are sinners.

We cannot save ourselves.

However, God is merciful, and He can save anyone who would believe in the name of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

The moment that person believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Bible tells us over and over again that he is saved.

The story of this leper did not end here. 

The Lord gave specific instructions to him.                            

Let us read verses 43-45.

Mark 1:43  And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away;

Mark 1:44  And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

Mark 1:45  But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.

The Lord Jesus Christ instructed this leper to go to the priest, to be reexamined, and to offer the sacrifice.

Jesus’s instruction agreed with the Old Testament law [Leviticus 14:1-32], which talked about cleansing lepers.

What you can learn is that the Lord will not go against His word.

His instruction to the leper is the right way that needs to be done according to the scripture.

Obedience to the scripture is a good testimony that we should develop as part of our Christian life.

From verse 45, we learned that this man did not do what Jesus said to him.

He went out and started to tell other people about the miracle that Jesus has done.

When we do our things in our ways, it causes damages to the Lord’s ministry.

This man did what was right by telling the miracle that Jesus Christ has done to him. 

However, it was out of order.

As a result of this disobedience, Jesus was driven from town, and those sick and blind people had a harder time getting to Him. 

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