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The best part of watching a TV show that you had previously taped was that you could press the fast forward button and skip through the advertisements.
Reference: v.38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else – to the nearby villages – so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” (NIV Bible)
Explore: I can remember when we first got a VCR at our house and we learnt to record shows from the TV. This was incredibly handy if you were not able to view the show at the time it was screened. However, the best part of watching a TV show that you had previously taped was that you could press the fast forward button and skip through the advertisements. Not only did this reduce the amount of boring viewing but it was quite amusing watching people in fast forward. Their movements were so jagged and their facial expressions moved through so quickly. You were still able to make out the general idea of what they were saying and the product they were promoting was still seen, however it was all done at a quicker speed.
Application: Mark is the shortest gospel in the Bible. If you ever wanted to read through the whole life of Jesus in one sitting, the book of Mark is a good place to go. Just in this very first chapter of Mark I feel that the life of Jesus is off and running. Compared to other gospels (Matthew, Luke and John) and other stories told in the Bible, it almost seems like Mark is in fast forward. He hasn’t made any mention of Jesus’ birth, he’s starts straight off with John the Baptist preparing the way. In these 45 verses we have John’s ministry, Jesus’ baptism, his trials in the desert, calling his disciples, driving out evil spirits, starting his healing and teaching ministry and spending time in prayer. It was like Jesus in fast forward! While Mark gives us great insight to so many aspects of Jesus’ life, we can see in this one chapter the value in holding all the scriptures in perspective. Each book of the Bible we read can help us add to our understanding of God. While it’s good to dig deeply into one book at a time, it’s important that we don’t reduce our image of God to just one author.
Prayer: Lord, I love the last verse in the gospel of John that says, ‘Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.’ You are indescribable, incomprehendible and beyond our understanding. Open our eyes to know more of You. Amen.
Which book of the Bible are you particularly partial to? Is there a current author who helps to further your understanding of God?