"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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First Last and Last First
Mark 9:30-37 Commentary
by Robert Beck
Three times Jesus announced that he must go to Jerusalem, where he will suffer, and die, and rise on the third day (Mark 8:31; 9:31; 10:32-34).
He and his disciples were north of Galilee, in Caesarea Philippi, when he first made known his intention to go to Jerusalem. From there, the journey to Jerusalem will take them through the length of Galilee, down to Jericho in the south, before they climb the long slope to Jerusalem for those final days.
Each of the three instances follow the same pattern—his announcement is followed by serious misunderstanding on the part of his disciples. This then gives him a chance to teach them. In the first and third cases, the disciples are well known. Peter in the first case; James and John in the last. We learn, especially in the latter instance, that the theme of his teaching is servant discipleship. The third episode concludes with an allusion to the ending of the fourth and last “servant song” of Second Isaiah (Mark 10:43-45; Isaiah 53:11-12).
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NL Podcast 398: Passion Prediction
February 26, 2020
Podcast on the Narrative Lectionary readings for Feb. 26, 2020, (Passion Prediction) featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for Working Preacher.