This is the first chapter where we start getting into significant teachings, now that Mark has established why Jesus is worth listening to. It's fitting then that he should start with the nature of faith, since anything else has to come from there.
Languages have always been a passion of mine (hence learning Greek, for one). Once upon a time, I could learn vocabulary just by reading it, but those days are long past. So I'm going to try to systematize my learning a little bit, and of course talk about it here.
I'm going to try something a little different here. The New Testament series is ongoing, but I'd like to vary what I'm writing about a little bit. I also want to broaden the perspectives I'm exposed to so that my spiritual life isn't totally in a vacuum. So it is that we have a new series.
The story continues with further healing and recruitment. But then we get into some of Jesus' actual teaching. I can't help but think it's significant that the first of those teachings, and in fact the first two, are less about what to do* than about how to approach the law more generally.
The first chapter of Mark starts in medias res, with John the Baptist being out in the wilderness. Thus Mark seeks to link Jesus to earlier Jewish tradition, albeit not quite as explicitly as Matthew with his genealogy of Jesus as a descendant of David. Mark is no less concerned with Jesus' bona fides, but seems to go about it in a different (and, to me, more compelling) way.
Awhile back, I decided that I wanted to actually sit down and read Scripture. The Bible has never formed a big part of my spiritual life, mainly because of how often it's used to justify whatever people wanted to do anyway. I also never saw a reason to put all of my eggs in one basket, so to speak, nor do I accept the idea that someone else should be the arbiter of my own faith.