Study Notes; Mark 1:14-20Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, " The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."
As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, "Follow (after) Me, and I will make you become fishers of men." Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets. Immediately He called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went away to follow Him. NASU
(Bold print words are the subjects of word studies)
Day 1, Mark 1:14-15
What does the passage say?
14 (when?) Now after John had been taken into custody,
(where?) came into Galilee,
(what?) preaching the gospel of God,
What does this mean?
John, the rock-star preacher of his day, was arrested for daring to preach his message of repentance to a government man. His father, Zechariah, gave his life to protect John the forerunner. Luke 11:51b His mother, Elizabeth, raised him alone in the wilderness, in poverty, during her old age to protect the forerunner of Messiah. Was it all for nothing?
John the Baptist came to prepare people's hearts for the Messiah. Judah and Jerusalem responded. When he moved into Galilee with his message, he was arrested by Herod. Y'shua-Jesus went straight to Galilee and began preaching the Gospel. (Mark 1:2-3)
After John was arrested, silenced, Y'shua (salvation) walked into the center of the fight and began preaching the message of John. Repent! The Kingdom is At Hand.
The government said, Enough of this repentance talk. It does not apply to the rich and powerful. But that did not silence the message. All it meant was from that day forward, though religion fell, Life still stands.
The Question Am I ready to stand even if my hero falls? Will I hide in fear or take up the message?
15 What does the passage say?
and (connects to verse 15--Y'shua proclaimed the Gospel)
(what?) saying, "(1) The time is fulfilled,
and (2) the kingdom of God is at hand;
and (4) believe in the gospel."
What does this mean?
The time the prophecy pointed to was the time of John's arrest. It (and everything else to make perfect circumstances) has fallen into place.
The Kingdom is at hand: One day, the kingdom with be a physical kingdom and every knee will bow in submission to Y'shua; but today, that same kingdom is found in the Spiritual realm and must be submitted to by faith. Look up the following passages
Romans 11:14Philippians 2:10
repent: G3340 (G is for Greek, you might use NT for new testament. The number is a reference in the Strong's Concordance) The simplest meaning of "repent" is "stop; turn around and go the opposite direction." But I do not think this passage is about a physical journey. When it comes to living by faith, I like to say that "repent" means to think differently, so differently that you have a change in how you live your life. What do you learn from your study of repent?
believe: G4100 (pist-yoo'-o) to think something is true and worthy to be trusted (Louw and Nida) Believe is the noun, faith is the verb, the action taken because we believe.
What is it we are to believe? What is the Gospel? The essence of Mark's Gospel is Mark 1:3, John, and then Y'shua called us to repent and "walk THE WAY of YHVH (the LORD). Repentance from our philosophy of life (even if we have not really thought through what that philosophy is) prepares us to live a YASHAR life, "straight" Mk 1:3. It is the same word that gets translated into Greek (G2117) before being wrongly translated "immediately". Adam and Eve were created to have a YASHAR (upright-straight) relationship with the Almighty. But they chose sin and lost that. YASHAR is like a plumb line that shows how far off our lives are. It is the perfection of Torah, buy which no one can be saved; rather we see how far off plumb we are. By faith in Y'shua-Jesus we are back in plumb in relation to the Almighty, not because we work at it but because we believe and have faith in the Son of God.
Now is the time to enter the presence, the kingdom of the Almighty, by faith (you must be born again-John 3:16). First repent of how you used to think of life, then, trust in YHVH with all of your head, strength, and essence (heart) and you will be born again, belonging by faith to the Kingdom.
The Question Do I believe the gospel? Do I have a different way of thinking about what is good, how to live, what my hope is?
All over the world, Believers are falling by the crescent sword of Islam while I live in peace. The peace is lovely but it is not real. If one member of the body suffers, then we all suffer together. If one of us is honored, we all rejoice together. 1 Corinthians 12:26. What can I do from Everett, Washington as believers in Central Africa are systematically slaughtered; How do I stand with a believer jailed in Rowan County Kentucky from this safe place across the country? First you pray.
Day 2 Mark 1:16-18
As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men." Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.
What does the passage say?
(who?) He (Y'shua-Jesus)
Andrew, the brother of Simon
(what?) was going along (Y'shua)
He saw (G1492)
casting a net (Simon & Andrew) (why?) for they were fishermen
(where?) by the sea of Galilee (where Y'shua was going)
in the sea (where the nets were cast)
saw (G1492) not just viewing something, but to see and remember.... Y'shua saw the brothers and remembered seeing them from earlier (John chapter 1 for instance)
net the net is part of a play on words. In verse 15 Y'shua declaires, "the time is fulfilled..." Fulfilled (G4137) can be described as "a full net" He comes to the brothers "casting a net" (G292a) is more about tossing the net too and fro trying to find a way to fill it. I'm not solid on what it all means (if anything) but it seems like a kewl connection.
for is a flag word. It answers the question of why.
Why were Simon and Andrew casting a net in the sea? For (because) they were fishermen. Start looking for the flag word "for" and see if you can find the question that it answers. Sort of like playing the game Jeopardy... I'll take Mark 1 for a hundred Alex. The answer is, "because they were fishermen" The answer(must be in the form of a question); Why were Simon and Andrew casting a net in the sea?
What does this mean?
Y'shua see's the chosen and no matter where you are or what your do, he sees you, he remembers you and you. He meets you where you are. Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist (John 1:40) but he was also a fisherman. Peter met Y'shua because of Andrew, Y'shua even gave him a name, Keph (a hollow rock... sort of a
man cave?) but he also went home to go back to work. Was it because they were not yet convinced that Y'shua was the Messiah? I do not think that is why they went back. It was not until Y'shua met them casting their nets at the sea, that was when the time was "fulfilled". What happened between the first and 2nd meeting is a mystery, but I bet it involved a lot of thought about what happened when they met.
Where is your life going? If it seems as if you are on hold, be patient, perhaps the time is not yet fulfilled. Give your life to Y'shua-Jesus and he will sort it out.