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Jesus Heals and Teaches
Mark 2:1-22 Commentary
by James Hanson
Things move quickly in the opening chapters of Mark’s account of Jesus.
By the end of the first chapter, he’s gone from being just one of the crowd who had come out for John’s baptism, to being so sought-after -- a Superstar, really -- that he has to go into hiding (Mark 1:35); no wonder, though, since Mark records three distinct healings in the chapter (one an exorcism), and, in summary fashion, indicates there were countless more (1:32-34).
But if Mark’s Jesus generates healing and new life, he generates in equal measure conflict and opposition. In fact, Mark’s first chapter is pretty much the only one in the Gospel that doesn’t reflect some form of conflict or controversy arising from Jesus’ activity (though even here you have a reference to John the Baptist’s death, and the ominous comparison between Jesus’ authority and that of the scribes). What’s all the fuss about? What could be upsetting or dangerous about somebody healing people?
It’s Chapter 2 that really provides the first “inciting ...
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