Essay on The Gospel Of Mark Of Matthew

804 Words May 5th, 2016 4 Pages
Mark portrays a definitively more dynamic Jesus in his Gospel than the familiar teacher Matthew presented to us.The Gospel of Matthew was structured around his big sermons. The Gospel of Mark is structured as to make an action hero of Him. This Gospel uses the word “immediately” an astounding 42 times, especially near the beginning (1:10, 12, 18, 20, 21, 23, 28, 29, 30, 42, 43; 2:8, 12; 3:6; 4:5, 15, 16, 17, 29; 5:2, 29, 30, 42; 6:25, 27, 45, 50, 54; 7:25; 8:10; 9:15, 20, 24; 10:52; 11:2, 3; 14:43, 45, 72; 15:1). A short but flashy opener to introduce our hero- then on to His adventures gathering His ‘army’ and casting out demons. This may very well be due to the change in the audience. Where Matthew wrote for a largely Jewish audience- it is assumed that Mark was recording the preaching of his close friend Paul for the early Church. (Zondervan NIV Study Bible, p.1648) The early Church would not need convincing that He was The Christ. They, and we, need His example. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)

Jesus is adamant throughout Mark that those who receive and witness His miracles not tell others about them.(2:44,3:12) He tells His parables for crowds, obscuring the deeper meanings from the hangers on and general rabble, intended only for the truth seekers among them ( 4:1-9,4:10-20,4:11,4:26-29,4:30-32,4:33-34). He recruits ‘fishers of men’ and feeds the -crowd loaves and…

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