Thursday, February 18, 2010

Mark 1 -- by the company he keeps.

It's an old, but wise saying: you know a man by the company he keeps. Or, as the rhyming cliche puts it, "Birds of a feather, flock together." Mark 1 is full of personal interactions. For example:
Mar 1:13 İsa çölde kaldığı kırk gün boyunca Şeytan tarafından denendi. Yabanıl hayvanlar arasındaydı, melekler O'na hizmet ediyordu.
Here, we see the Master hanging out with Satan, wild beasts, and angels, a crowd that definitely encompasses diverse social strata!

Later, he summons fishermen to go after bigger game:
Mar 1:17 İsa onlara, "Ardımdan gelin" dedi, "Sizleri insan tutan balıkçılar yapacağım."
In the synagogue a few verse later, he evicts a demon. Crowds show up at his host's door after sunset (when the sabbath ended). Finally, after he heals a leper, this guy's testimony brings even larger crowds around him.

In every context, the King is in command of his situation, and is the most influential party in every party.

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