Mark 1

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1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2 Even as it is written in Isaiah the prophet, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, Who shall prepare thy way.

3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make ye ready the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight;

4 John came, who baptized in the wilderness and preached the baptism of repentance unto remission of sins.

5 And there went out unto him all the country of Judaea, and all they of Jerusalem; And they were baptized of him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

6 And John was clothed with camel's hair, and [had] a leathern girdle about his loins, and did eat locusts and wild honey.

7 And he preached, saying, There cometh after me he that is mightier than I, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.

8 I baptized you in water; But he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit.

9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in the Jordan.

10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens rent asunder, and the Spirit as a dove descending upon him:

11 And a voice came out of the heavens, Thou art my beloved Son, in thee I am well pleased.

12 And straightway the Spirit driveth him forth into the wilderness.

13 And he was in the wilderness forty days tempted of Satan; And he was with the wild beasts; And the angels ministered unto him.

14 Now after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God,

15 and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe in the gospel.

16 And passing along by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net in the sea; for they were fishers.

17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.

18 And straightway they left the nets, and followed him.

19 And going on a little further, he saw James the [son] of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending the nets.

20 And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went after him.

21 And they go into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue and taught.

22 And they were astonished at his teaching: For he taught them as having authority, and not as the scribes.

23 And straightway there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,

24 saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus thou Nazarene? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.

25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

26 And the unclean spirit, tearing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.

27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What is this? a new teaching! with authority he commandeth even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.

28 And the report of him went out straightway everywhere into all the region of Galilee round about.

29 And straightway, when they were come out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.

30 Now Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever; and straightway they tell him of her:

31 and he came and took her by the hand, and raised her up; and the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.

32 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were sick, and them that were possessed with demons.

33 And all the city was gathered together at the door.

34 And he healed many that were sick with divers diseases, and cast out many demons; and he suffered not the demons to speak, because they knew him.

35 And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose up and went out, and departed into a desert place, and there prayed.

36 And Simon and they that were with him followed after him;

37 and they found him, and say unto him, All are seeking thee.

38 And he saith unto them, Let us go elsewhere into the next towns, that I may preach there also; for to this end came I forth.

39 And he went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out demons.

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

41 And being moved with compassion, he stretched forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou made clean.

42 And straightway the leprosy departed from him, and he was made clean.

43 And he strictly charged him, and straightway sent him out,

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

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

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Mark 1 - Chapter Summary      

Durch New Christian Bible Study Staff

In this painting by Jean-Marie Melchior Doze, Christ is pictured healing a man afflicted with leprosy, as described in Mark 1.

Mark's Gospel opens with the story of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus. Then it quickly covers Jesus's temptations in the wilderness, and His calling of the first disciples by the sea of Galilee. Then Jesus preaches in Capernaum's synagogue, casts out demons, and heals people, including a man afflicted with leprosy. It's quite a chapter!

As the chapter begins, Mark cites the prophecy from Isaiah 40:3, identifying John as the messenger who prepared the way for Jesus.

In verses 3-4, the references to the wilderness are important, because the Jewish Church at that time was in a state of vastation, or a spiritual emptying out. The official church was hostile to both John and Jesus, but there were still many people who were spiritually hungry and thirsty in that spiritual wilderness, and they flocked to the Jordan to receive this new message, as described in verse 5.

John instructed them, from the Word, to shun all evils as sins against God, and to believe in the Lord's Divine Human.

In Verse 6, John's clothing of camel's hair, and his simple food of locusts and wild honey, symbolize the outer truths of the Word. And the Jordan River signifies the beginning of a state of rebirth, or regeneration.

In Verses 7-8, John's prophecy of the Lord, who will be mightier than he, and who will baptize with the Holy Spirit, means that the outer truths of the Word can only bring about external purification, while the Word itself, via its internal sense, can drive internal purification (regeneration) by Divine Truth and Good.

In Verse 9, Jesus comes to John to be baptized. Here, the LORD - as to His Human - was initiated into the external truths of the Word. Jehovah God was already the Word in its first principles. As God incarnate, He now became united with the Word in its external, earthly, form.

When, in Verses 10-11, Jesus comes up out of the water and the heavens open, it symbolizes His ascent from external truths into the interior truths and goods of the Word, even to the Divine Truth and Good in Himself.

After this dramatic baptism, Jesus enters a state of temptation (in verses 12-13). But these hellish assaults by evil spirits end in the Lord's victory, and He is attended with divine peace and consolation.

In verses 14-15, John is imprisoned, but Jesus starts to preach. Where John was in effect saying "On your marks, get set", Jesus is now saying "Go!". The time is fulfilled. Jesus, filled with Divine power, announces the descent and reality of Divine Truth and Good, and calls people to repent of their evils, and to believe in this new gospel.

In verses 16-20, Jesus finds his first disciples. They're fishermen, symbolizing people who learn and then teach natural truths, and, afterwards, spiritual truths. The Sea of Galilee signifies the knowledges of truth and good as a whole complex. (Arcana Coelestia 40, Apocalypse Explained 514)

Next, in verses 21-27, Jesus preaches in the synagogue in Capernaum, astonishing his listeners. He taught pure truths which were based on Divine Good, which stems from Divine Love.

Divine Truth has a cleansing power. People's minds are affected by spiritual influences - good ones from angels in heaven, and bad ones from evil spirits in hell. Evil spirits don't want us to experience the disinfecting power of truth; they'd rather be "let alone" to keep us locked into false ideas and evil ways, and in unexamined lives.

In verses 26-32, we see Jesus healing Simon's wife's mother, and "all that were diseased", and casting out devils. The Lord, in his Divine Human, has the power to use our affection for truth to fight evil, and lead us to good.

In verses 35-40, we get a glimpse of a recurring theme in the life of the Lord. The Lord was working through the process of redemption during his whole ministry. He had taken on a human body and a human mind, and he needed to gradually unite it to his Divine essence. The Lord's human created an interface through which the hells could attack him, and through which he could battle them and win. Those states of prayer, temptation, and doubt that the Lord went through were part of the process. After winning through those states, the Lord was ever closer to making his human fully Divine, with greater power to teach and heal.

Leprosy in the Word symbolizes a state of profanation, i.e. when a person has been initiated into the knowledge of what's true, and into the love of what's good, but then afterwards acts contrary to such knowledge and love.

When the leper kneels before Jesus, seeking his help, he's acknowledging the he needs the Lord's power to cleanse his life. He can't do it by himself. The Lord can work with him, because of that humility.

In verses 43-45, the Lord tells the healed leper to "say nothing to any man", to show himself to the priest, and to make the offerings that Moses commanded. Why? Because this miracle of being able to cleanse our lives isn't just a work that affects ous understanding; we need to work through it over time so that our loves actually change. We need to live it, to practice it: "Go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift which Moses commanded, for a testimony to them."

The leper doesn't do as he was asked. He "got" the truth, but it wasn't really conjoined to good yet. The united good and truth remained "outside the city", and people had to leave their comfortable cities to seek it.

When we think about how this chapter applies to our lives, it might be something like this: We should go to John, in the wilderness, and get baptized in the Jordan - that is, we should start taking some action - stopping doing bad things, and going to God's Word for some guidance and help. We should listen to the teachings of Jesus, and learn truths. We should humble ourselves, and ask the Lord's healing. And then we should practice doing good, giving the Lord a chance to nurture truths and goods in us, first externally, (we know we should) and then internally (we love to).


Erklärung (en) oder Referenzen von Swedenborgs Werken:

Arcana Coelestia 730, 870, 1444, 1573, 1663, 1690, 1748, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 55, 378, 405, 458, 478, 546, 553, ...

Divine Providence 114

Doctrine of the Lord 12, 18, 19, 30, 41, 42, 48, ...

Doctrine of Life 103

Interaction of the Soul and Body 20

True Christian Religion 104, 113, 123, 144, 164, 342, 528, ...

Referenzen aus Swedenborgs unveröffentlichten Werken:

Apocalypse Explained 66, 120, 204, 293, 376, 443, 475, ...

Canons of the New Church 39

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 3

Marriage 104, 113, 123

Scriptural Confirmations 2, 3, 9, 12, 13, 27, 81

Sprung zu ähnlichen Bibelversen

Leviticus 14:1, 2

2 Kings 1:8, 20:5

Psalms 33:9

Isaiah 40:3, 42:13

Malachi 3:1

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