Passage: MARK 1:9-15 Baptism, Temptation, and The Work of the Servant
- What is the main subject? Jesus’ baptism, temptation and start of ministry
- Who are the main people? Jesus, God the Father, Holy Spirit, John the Baptist, and Satan
- What does it say about Christ? He is God’s beloved SON, He was not tempted into sin, and He was preaching repentance of sins and belief in the gospel
- What is the key or main verse? 11. and a voice came from the heavens: “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”
- What is the central lesson? Jesus is LORD
- What are the main promises? 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
- What are the main commands? Repent and Believe!
- What error should I avoid? allowing temptation to lead me to sin and death
- What example is here? Jesus did not sin, the angels ministered to Him and I have to believe they are ministering to us as well, since He lives in us.
- What do I need most in this chapter to apply to my life today? AVOID SIN – and REPENT when I stumble.
Mark 1:9-15 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Baptism of Jesus
9 In those days [During John’s ministry] Jesus came from Nazareth [came from not born in] in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan [not a baptism of repentance of sin but one of agreement with the Father]. 10 And immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon Him; 11 and a voice came from the heavens: “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”
12 And immediately the Spirit *brought Him out into the wilderness. 13 And He was in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by Satan; and He was with the wild animals, and the angels were serving Him.
Jesus Preaches in Galilee
14 Now after John was taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
Psalm 2:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB) for v.11
7 “I will announce the decree of the Lord:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have fathered You.
Isaiah 42:1 New American Standard Bible (NASB) for v.11
God’s Promise concerning His Servant
42 “Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold;
My chosen one in whom My soul delights.
I have put My Spirit upon Him;
He will bring forth justice to the nations.
NU 14:33, 32:13 (NASB) for v.13
33 Also, your sons will be shepherds in the wilderness for forty years, and they will suffer for your unfaithfulness, until your bodies perish in the wilderness.
13 So the Lord’s anger burned against Israel, and He made them wander in the wilderness for forty years, until the entire generation of those who had done evil in the sight of the Lord came to an end.
DT 9:9,18 (NASB) for v.13
9 When I went up to the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant which the Lord made with you, then I remained on the mountain for forty days and nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water.
18 Then I fell down before the Lord like the first time, for forty days and nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water, because of all your sin which you had committed by doing what was evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger.
1 Ki 19:8 (NASB) for v.13
8 So he arose and ate and drank, and he journeyed in the strength of that food for forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mountain of God.
Ps 91:11-12 (NASB) for v.13
11 For He will give His angels orders concerning you,
To protect you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will lift you up,
So that you do not strike your foot against a stone.
NOTE: John was arrested for rebuking Herod Antipas incestuous marriage to his niece Herodias