Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mark 1:14-15, The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry (The Study of Mark)

Μάρκον 1·14 Μετὰ δὲ τὸ παραδοθῆναι τὸν Ἰωάννην ἦλθεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἰς τὴν Γαλιλαίαν κηρύσσων τὸ εὐαγγέλιον τοῦ θεοῦ  15 καὶ λέγων ὅτι πεπλήρωται ὁ καιρὸς καὶ ἤγγικεν ἡ βασιλεία τοῦ θεοῦ· μετανοεῖτε καὶ πιστεύετε ἐν τῷ εὐαγγελίῳ. 
And after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee proclaiming the Good News of God and saying, “The appointed time has been fulfilled and the Kingdom of God has come near.  Repent and believe in the Good News!”  Mark 1:14-15


This marks the beginning of Jesus' ministry.

παραδοθῆναι (arrested)
In greek, it literally means “to be handed over”.  The most interesting thing about this passage is that Mark doesn’t tell us why John was arrested.  He gives us no background and no explanation.  We don’t find out what happened until 6:17-18.  Mark is putting some suspense in his narrative.
πεπλήρωται ὁ καιρὸς (the appointed time has been fulfilled)
This doesn’t mean that the allotted time has passed, but that the decisive moment has now arrived.  What makes the appointed time fulfilled?  Jesus is here!
καὶ ἤγγικεν ἡ βασιλεία τοῦ θεοῦ (and the kingdom of God has come near)
God’s kingdom should not be seen as past, present, or future.  It is constant.  God is fulfilling the age-long purpose.
μετανοεῖτε καὶ πιστεύετε (repent and believe)
These two verbs are in the imperative thus making them a command.  It’s interesting that Mark doesn’t say what to believe in or what the good news is.  Mark is adding some more suspense.  We are soon to find out what the good news is, but we have to keep on reading in order to do so.

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