Dei Layborer

The theme of laws continues here, and we begin to be shown more about what Jesus is doing and why.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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