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Passage: MARK 1:1-8 Preaching of John the Baptist
- What is the main subject? Mark starts off immediately with identifying Jesus as the Son of God (v1) and then supports the statement with prophecy from Malachi (v2) cf Mal 3:1 and Isaiah (v3) cf Isa 40:3.
- Who are the main people? Jesus, John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit
- What does it say about Christ? He is the Son of God (deity) He is the One to come mentioned from the prophets of old. Tells of His baptism being of/with the Holy Spirit
- What is the key or main verse? And he was preaching, saying, “After me One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to bend down and untie the straps of His sandals (v7).
- What is the central lesson? The Christ has come, prophesy has been fulfilled.
- What are the main promises? One is coming…the Messiah
- What are the main commands?
- What error should I avoid? In v5 the mention of all Judea or Jerusalem is not to be taken literally, but is meant to be inclusive of all areas and classes of that region.
- What example is here? N/A
- What do I need most in this chapter to apply to my life today? repentance
1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, [confession/statement of Jesus’ deity. Clearly states this as the beginning of the Good News of Jesus.]
2 just as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: [Actually Malachi 3:1]
“Behold, I am sending My messenger before You,
Who will prepare Your way;
Malachi 3:1 (NASB)
3 “Behold, I am sending My messenger, and he will clear a way before Me. And the Lord, whom you are seeking, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of armies.
3 The voice of one calling out in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
Make His paths straight!’” [Isaiah 40:3]
Isaiah 40:3 (NASB)
3 The voice of one calling out,
“Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness;
Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. [the name John means “the Lord is gracious” a name given by the angel Gabriel Lk 1:13. ] Luke 1:13 (NASB)
13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John.
5 And all the country of Judea was going out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. [to confess ones sins is to agree with God about them]
6 John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist, and his diet was locusts and wild honey. [much like Elijah – 2 Kings 1:8 (NASB)
And they said to him, “He was a hairy man with a leather belt worn around his waist.” And he said, “It is Elijah the Tishbite.”]
7 And he was preaching, saying, “After me One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to bend down and untie the straps of His sandals. 8 I baptized you with water; but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
[Acts 1:5 (NASB)
5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
Acts 8:16-17 (NASB)
16 (For He had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) 17 Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.]