Thursday, March 13, 2014

Bible Musings (Mark)

One word that stood out to me as I read through the Gospel of Mark was the word "immediately". It was used many times throughout the book.

Just a few examples:

"In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove, and a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased." Mark 1:9-11

"Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, 'Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.' And immediately they left their nets and followed him." Mark 1:16-18

"And they went to Capernaum and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching." Mark 1:21

And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Mark 1:29

"And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you question these things in your hearts?" Mark 2:8

"Other soil fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. Mark 4:5

"And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was 12 years of age) and they were immediately overcome with amazement." Mark 5:42

"Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida while he dismissed the crowd." Mark 6:45

A.W. Pink had this to say about the use of this word in the Gospel of Mark:

"A characteristic term which occurs with great frequency in Mark's Gospel is the Greek word Eutheos," which is variously translated "straight away, immediately" etc. In all, this word is found no less than forty times in Mark’s Gospel. It is a most suggestive and expressive term, bringing out the perfections of God’s Servant by showing us how He served. There was no tardiness about Christ’s service, but "straight away" He was ever about His "Father’s business." There was no delay, but "immediately" He performed the work given Him to do. This word tells of the promptitude of His service and the urgency of His mission. There was no holding back, no reluctance, no slackness, but a blessed "immediateness" about all His work. We should all learn from this perfect example which He has left us."

Note: I think that is certainly an explanation (and a good one) concerning the use of the word immediately when it comes to Jesus and his actions. But the word is used many times describing the actions of others too (including the disciples, the Pharisees, and word pictures used within the parables). Most of all, it is important to note that when a word is used multiple times in the BIble it is done so for a reason and it is worth taking note of it.

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