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By C. Clifton Black

Mark’s genius lies, no longer in telling a narrative approximately Jesus, yet in growing stipulations less than which the reader could event the atypical caliber of God’s excellent news. The Evangelist hurries one alongside breathlessly, “immediately,” to ensure that the reader lurches with the characters into one pothole after one other. “What is that this new educating” that consorts with the flagrantly sinful, turning the pious homicidal, intimates into strangers, and mustard seeds into “the maximum of all … shrubs”?

Jesus’ closest adherents, the Twelve, are one of the such a lot muddled. Who can blame them? They ask for an imprecise parable’s interpretation and obtain a solution much more confounding. they're informed to feed hundreds of thousands with subsequent to not anything. Their boat virtually capsizes whereas their instructor sleeps. As they oar in tough waters, the trainer strides the waves meaning to skip them. placing the reader within the comparable boat, Mark constructions conversations with Jesus that make little experience, if any. The Twelve are craven, silly, self-serving, and disobedient: meet the common Christian. along with, “their hearts have been hardened.” Who hardens hearts? God. aren't God’s Messiah carry the burdens of these following him? what sort of Christ heads to a move, handing his disciples one other for themselves. “Do you now not but understand?”  from the Introduction

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