- a. John the Baptist. b. He
preached a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins preparing their
heart for Jesus. c. If we repent and begin doing the will of our Father we
make straight paths (a righteous highway).
- a. Camel's hair and a leather
belt. b. Locust and wild honey.
- John's baptism was an outward
sign of an inward commitment to God. Jesus' baptism was an inward dwelling
of the Spirit that would help us in our commitment to God's will.
- The unclean spirit in the man
- Peter's mother-in-law.
- It was proper to perform the
ceremonial act and gift before the priest as a witness before the people
that the leper is now cleansed and now could be included in all of
- A paralytic man.
- a. They could argue that the
man’s sins were forgiven. There was no way to prove it either way.
b. He told the man to rise and walk, and he was able to do so. This proved
God was with Jesus and had given Him the power to forgive sins also.
- Fasting then was not of the
right season since Jesus was still with them. He would be gone and they
would fast then for Him and His words of life. Also, the old way of the
law could not continue with the new way of the Spirit (Luke 5:33-39; Mat.
- The Sabbath was made for us.
Any good work or merciful deed could be done on the Sabbath or any day.
- The Son of God.
- "Sons of Thunder".
- The strong man is Satan. His
house is the world. Jesus came to bind Satan's works and to take back
those bound by Satan.
- Those spoken against men.
- a. That spoken (knowingly as
the priest did) against the Holy Spirit. b. The Pharisees knew God was
with Jesus to do the things He did. They knew the source power of God's
Holy Spirit, but they denied it saying it was from Satan. This sin is
- Everyone who does the will
of the Father is part of your family. We are of the one body - Christ.
- a. These hearers won’t
accept the word. They hear the word but do not understand it, nor do they
care to understand it. b. Those who gladly receive the word of God but
they do not seek it further for spiritual growth and strength. They fall
away after a short time and in tribulation. c. Those who receive the word,
but the cares of the world, wealth, and want are more important to them.
They once were fruitful but become unfruitful. b. Those who receive the word and
seek further understanding which leads to spiritual maturity,
understanding of God's word, and steadfastness in His will.
- Mark and Luke (8:16-18) record
this parable after the Parable of the Sower. Matthew (5:13-16) has it
after the Beatitudes. It has the same meaning in all three gospels. We are
not to hide or ignore the word of God we hear. We are to apply the word to
our life for our growth and benefit and to be an influence on the world
- The word of God is not
hidden to anyone. It will be revealed to those who want it.
- a. By the effort we seek to
understand it and apply it to our lives, we will receive accordingly. b.
This person will lose what he knows about God because he does not seek to
- God’s word is planted
in us at different times and places but mainly through diligent study of
the Bible. We will grow in knowledge and spiritual maturity in stages.
Then we will be harvested for salvation.
- God’s kingdom has a
small beginning but will rise above all kingdoms.
- We will find comfort, peace,
and rest in the kingdom now and in the time to come.
- a. Legion. b. Jesus sent him
and the others into the swine that were there. c. 2000.
- She had a flow of blood for
- a. The ruler of the
synagogue, Jarius. b. Jesus wanted the people to come to Him for the word
of God rather for the miracles He could do.
- The people did not believe in
Him and therefore did not bring many people to Him.
- The daughter of Herodias
(Herod’s wife) prompted by her mother.
- 5,000 men.
- The disciples should have
sought Jesus for help but they still didn’t understand the power and
authority given to Him by God. Instead, they were troubled and scared, and
feared they were seeing a ghost.
- They were not against Jesus
but were surprised when He calmed the storm not remembering He had done
this before (Mark 4:41) and not realizing the miracle of feeding the 5000.
They were slow to realize the power and authority God had given Him on
- Before we give our money as a
gift we must provide for our mother and father. This honors the
commandment of God.
- Food, even unconsecrated
food, is eliminated by the body. It does not go into the heart.
- The things in our heart can
make us unclean. Evil inside produces evil outside.
- The purging of food is a
physical cleansing. The cleansing of the heart is a spiritual cleansing.
- She was a Gentile woman who
worshiped idols. She did not worship God.
- a. About 4000 were fed. b.
Seven large baskets of fragments were left over.
- The teachings of the
Pharisees (Matt. 16:12). Mark also adds of the Herod (and his followers).
The influence of these was to oppose Jesus.
- A sinner is considered
‘blind’ before being converted. When being converted he sees
or understands partially. Afterwards, he will be shed with light and see
- He had to die. If they knew
He was the Christ, they would not kill Him.
- Satan was speaking through
Peter trying to tempt Jesus into not having to die.
- You put the will of God
first in your life. You live for Him by His commandments putting to death
the desires of the flesh.
- You can't exchange the world
for life. The world is God’s anyway and your soul is in His hands.
- If we are ashamed or fear
what people will think or say about us if we uphold truth and
righteousness and the doctrines of Christ then the Lord will be ashamed of
- When we see God's truth and
receive it, we lose our life in order to live for the will of God. Some of
the disciples would not die to self and begin to totally live in service
in the kingdom and the spread of the gospel until after Jesus'
- a. Peter, James, and John.
b. God. c. Moses and Elijah represent the law and the prophets. This was a
sign to the disciples of Jesus’ leadership and authority over the
people. He was the one, the Messiah to come. It also symbolizes the
transition of the old covenant to the new covenant.
- a. John the Baptist
symbolized the spirit of Elijah (Lk. 1:17). b.
John taught the people repentance from their heart and to turn to God. He
restored their understanding of the Messiah.
- The faith of the disciples
and the father was weak. They doubted because of the severity of the boy's
problem. They needed to pray first. This would involve God and show that
the healing power comes from Him.
- To exalt yourself and seek
your own gain before others.
- By being a servant to God
and thinking of others before you.
- It is better to be
handicapped against sin, than to continue in it and lose your soul.
- a. We are seasoned by the
testing of God through trials and tribulations to purify and perfect us.
b. When you don’t transform your life through the testing of God you
are no longer a light to those around you. (See Matt. 5:11-16). There is not enough salt in you to
purify the world or there is too much world in the pot for the salt to
have an effect on the world.
- The commandment to not
- As children are submissive,
dependent, and trusting in the guidance and teaching of their parents we
too should be submissive, dependent, and trusting of our Father in heaven.
- His security and happiness
came from his wealth instead of God. He did not want to give up his
- a. We will receive more than
we give up and receive it through various ways. b. Eternal life.
- They too would be persecuted
by the people just as Jesus would.
- We put ourselves last and
become a servant and minister to others.
- Riding on a colt the foal of
a donkey. (Matt. 21:5; Mark 11:2; Luke 19:30; John 12:14,15)
- Their clothes and leafy
branches from trees.
- a. It withered. b. This
shows that God expects us to produce fruit - not just profess our faith.
God doesn’t want a people who are all leaves and no fruit.
- They were buying and selling
and taking advantage of people instead of praying and worshiping God. The
temple was to be a place of sincere worship of God not a place to do
- a. The priests in charge of
leading the people in God’s will. b. The prophets who were
persecuted and killed while trying to turn the people to God. c. Jesus,
who would be killed by the priests. d. The Gentiles would advance the Kingdom of God.
- A cornerstone was the
principle stone used to build a building. The rest of the building was
built from this cornerstone. In the same way Jesus is the foundation of
the church. Without Him there would be no blessed life here or in the
world to come eternal life. Jesus is also the judge or smiting stone of
the unbeliever. We can be broken in humble surrender before God or be completely broken
- God remembers those who
pleased Him, those who followed his commandments. They are still alive to
Him and will be raised at the resurrection.
- His understanding of God's
law was proper to the message of Jesus. He knew God wanted internal
worship from the heart rather than insincere external worship through
outward appearances and rituals of the law.
- Jesus was of the lineage of
David but He also existed at the time of David in heaven. He was also the
Son of God making Him both divine and human. Jesus was showing the scribes
that they had only partial understanding of the Messiah.
- The temple would be
desecrated and destroyed.
- He who loves, advocates, and
offers Jesus will be hated and persecuted by those who don’t.
- a. Those who become
believers must bear the persecutions, hatred, resistance, and even the
threat of death from non-believers and even family members until our last
day. b. If one shrinks from their loyalty to Jesus for fear of what others
will say or do will forfeit their soul from salvation.
- It is the destruction of Jerusalem and
defilement of the temple (See Dan.9:27; 11:31; 12:11; Luke 21:20-24). God brought upon them an abomination that would be
their desolation, thus
spoken of by Daniel the prophet (9:27).
- They should flee quickly to safety not stopping to
take anything with them.
- To save a remnant of Israel
God will shorten that tribulation period. Those
who heed the warning about fleeing Judea
- God is the only one who
knows when it will be time.
- We must continue to serve
God and live righteously while always expecting His return.
- An expensive perfume. Mary,
the sister of Lazarus whom Jesus had raised from the dead (John 11:2;
12:3). She is the same woman in Luke 7:37-38, Matthew 26:6, and John 11:2.
Luke does not mention the city where this occurs but Matthew, Mark, and
John identify the city of Bethany.
- Judas Iscariot.
- Jesus' body and blood given
for sinners for forgiveness and to defeat death.
- Peter would deny knowing
Him three times.
- If we are not watching for
these spiritual attacks and are not praying regularly and in times of
fatigue and stress we can become weak and fall to temptation.
- Barabbas who had made
insurrection and had committed murder.
- They abused Him by hitting
Him on the head with a reed and spitting on Him. They mocked Him by
dressing Him in purple, putting a crown made of thorns on His head, and
bowing down to Him. The insulted Him and ridiculed Him.
- The sour wine was used to
diminish the senses of the crucified. This would ease their suffering but
could also speed up their death as they would no longer lift themselves up
to breath while on the cross.
- a. The veil of the temple.
b. There is no separation now between the people and God. Those who call
on Him can come directly to Him with our prayers. No high priest is
- He was standing by Jesus and
heard His prayer to God and saw that it was soon answered. Normally it
takes longer for someone to die by crucifixion (see vs. 44).
- Jesus died on Preparation
Day which is the day before the Sabbath.
- The day after the Sabbath
which was the first day of the week (this would be our Sunday.
- Three days and three nights
just as He said would be His sign (as Jonah in the whale). (The night
before Preparation Day, the night of Preparation Day and the night of the
Sabbath. The day of Preparation Day, the day of the Sabbath, and the
morning of the day after the Sabbath.)
- An angel.