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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Mark 13

 

 

Verses 1-37

Sermon (Jesus Preaches on Eschatology) ( Matthew 24:1-44, Luke 21:5-33) - Mark 13:1-37 gives us the fourth sermon of Jesus Christ. This message is eschatological in that He speaks of His Second Coming when the Church will be glorified with Him. The two longest sermons that Mark's Gospel records of our Lord and Saviour are His sermons on the Parable of the Sower and on the End Times. The fact that the other three Synoptic Gospels also devote lengthy passages to these two sermons support the view that they are some of the most important messages that Jesus gave to us during His earthly ministry.

Mark 13:11Comments- In Matthew 10:5-42 Jesus instructs His disciples to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom "as they go." I can see them trying to come up with a sermon or the words to say before they went out into the villages and highways to preach to the people. They would have felt the need to prepare a message before leaving. As God's servants must learn, the Holy Spirit will always be faithful to inspire us and to anoint us in due season. This is why He had to tell them in this discourse not to worry about what to say, for God would give them the very words to say.

Matthew 10:19, "But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak."

Mark's Gospel, which places more emphasis upon the proclamation of the Gospel, says it better. Mark had certainly seen Peter the apostle preaching under the anointing of the Holy Ghost.

When we compare the verse where Paul gives young Timothy a similar charge to preach the Gospel, we are able to better understand what Paul meant by "being instant in season, out of season".

2 Timothy 4:2, "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine."

Thus, Paul's phrase of "be instant in season, out of season" means to be always ready to speak under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit because He will be their every time to anoint him. Paul was simply telling this young preach from years of personal experience that God would be faithful to speak through him on all occasions and with all types of messages. Young Timothy must learn to let the Holy Spirit lead him on what needed to be said for each occasion, whether it was with reprove, rebuke, or exhortation with all longsuffering and doctrine. For we see Jesus Christ in the Gospel speaking different ways to different people. Some He instructed and encouraged because of their good hearts. Some He rebuked because of the hardness of their hearts, while others He corrected because of their simple ignorance.

Mark 13:26Comments- The book of Daniel portrays the Messiah riding on a cloud ( Daniel 7:13). The eschatological passages of the New Testament tell us that Jesus Christ will come to earth a second time riding upon a cloud ( Matthew 24:30; Matthew 26:64, Mark 13:26; Mark 14:62, Luke 21:26, 1 Thessalonians 4:17, Revelation 1:7). This cloud of heaven may be likened to a royal chariot, horse or palanquin upon which ancient kings often rode. These royal vehicles were often preceded by forerunners, men who ran before the king to announce his coming. We see such a scene when Elijah ran before Ahab's chariot ( 1 Kings 18:46). The Song of Solomon 3:6-11 describes a wedding processional with the bride in a royal palanquin perfumed with spices ( Mark 3:6; Mark 3:9-10), accompanied by sixty valiant men armed with swords ( Mark 3:7-8) approaching Jerusalem.

Daniel 7:13, "I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him."

Matthew 24:30, "And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory."

Matthew 26:64, "Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven."

Mark 13:26, "And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory."

Mark 14:62, "And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven."

Luke 21:27, "And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory."

1 Thessalonians 4:17, "Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."

Revelation 1:7, "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even Song of Solomon , Amen."

1 Kings 18:46, "And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel."

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Mark 13:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/mark-13.html. 2013.

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Thursday, October 17th, 2019
the Week of Proper 23 / Ordinary 28
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