The Second Gospel: The Gospel Of Mark

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Exegetical Paper Many people view wealth as the solution to all of their problems, but in the gospel of Mark, Jesus takes another side. He calls his followers to give up all their earthly possessions and be fully dependent on him. This is a picture of our dependence on God for our eternal destiny. Jesus calls christians to a radical, sacrificial life in Mark 10:21.
The second gospel, the Gospel of Mark, was written by the apostle Mark. He wrote this book primarily based off the teachings of Simon Peter about Jesus. Many believe that Mark is the same John Mark mentioned in the book of Acts many times. He was mentioned in Acts 12:12 because of his mother’s prominence in the church. He also accompanied Paul and Barnabus on this first missionary
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The first half of the chapter, verses 1-31, tell three stories that talk about the Christian response to relationships, especially family relationships. All of these biblical teachings take place in the region of Judea. The first lesson Jesus teaches is about divorce, and the Christian’s response to that issue. The second teaching is in regards to childlike faith, which is opposite to the third episode of the story. The third story is about a man who holds too tightly to his possessions. In the second episode, Jesus welcomes the little children to himself and rebukes those who tell him to push them away. He says that all of his followers should desire to have simple faith like the children who gladly receive gifts. (Hays and Duvall, 558). The third episode is addressed to the rich young man who comes to Jesus when he is setting off on a journey. The young man runs to Jesus and asks him, ““Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” The is the background information for the major theme that is stated in verse

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