Bible Study Notes on Mark 9:1-29 – 20180409

Bible Study Notes

Mark 9:1  “…there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power”
Should have been attached to the end of chapter eight.  Man’s divisions of the text are just that, but it does make it easier to find small parts.  Question is what is meant by kingdom of God present.  Commentaries suggest the incident of the transfiguration, the resurrection, or the arrival of the Holy Spirit.  I lean more toward the latter.  I think some get this confused with Christ’s eschatological statement about a generation not passing away until all things are fulfilled.  Obviously all who were standing there are now dead, so His meaning wasn’t His return.  Given the phrasing kingdom of God and power I think the arrival of the Holy Spirit and growth of the early church fits the idea.  He had just said His followers must take up their crosses and follow Him.  Some would give their lives for Him.  But some would live long enough to see the family of God grow and spread.

4  “…Elijah appeared to them with Moses…”
Law and the prophets.  Completion of the scriptures about Christ with Christ Himself.  This also suggests to me that Elijah was in the same spot as Moses although his physical death wasn’t apparent, being taken up in a whirlwind.

6  “because he did not know what to say…”
That’s usually the time to not say anything.

10  “…questioning what the rising from the dead meant”
Didn’t have a grasp on what Jesus had been telling them about His soon death and resurrection.  Apparently no one had ever caught the division of the prophecies regarding Messiah, how He would be a suffering servant killed for the sins of man and also coming to reign over all the earth.  Wasn’t part of their thought processes.

12  “…how is it written concerning the Son of Man, that He must suffer many things and be treated with contempt?”
He appears to mention part of that contradiction of the Messianic prophecies.  Son of Man must suffer many things.  Also that Elijah has already come, meaning John the Baptist, and they did what they wished with him.  If they killed the forerunner, why would it be a surprise that they also killed the Messiah.

16  “…What are you discussing with them”
Wonder what they would have answered.  Assume it was the issue of the demon possessed boy and the disciples lack of ability to cast the demon out.

24  “…father of the child cried out and said with tears…”
Choice of faith and admission of lack of understanding.  Pride can get us to agree with God, but if we can get rid of pride, we can admit we are unable to even believe.  We need His power to even accept what He gives us.  We admit our total and complete dependence on Him.  We have nothing in ourselves.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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