The writer of the gospel of Mark seems to bring out a servant Jesus in the sense that his discourse is full of works of Jesus Christ more than the other three writers of the synoptic gospels (Senior 9). Focusing the first eight chapters we can notice like a succession of drama, in the way Mark report the activities of Jesus.
Question One, Mark Chapters One to Eight
A record of seventeen miraculous works can be noticed. The first four miraculous works are witnessed in the first chapter, verses twenty one to thirty nine where he casts demons out of a possessed man, heals Peter’s mother, heals a multitude on a Sabbath, and cleanses a leper who besought him for cleansing. The fifth and the sixth miracles are recorded in the second chapter verse eleven and chapter three verses five. In the fourth chapter verses thirty nine Jesus stills the wind and heals a demon possessed man in chapter five and verses eleven to verse twenty (Fisher et al14). In chapter five He raises a dead girl and heals a woman with blood issue in verses twenty one to forty one. Jesus walked on water, fed five thousand people and numerous sick people were healed as Mark records in chapter six verses thirty to verse fifty six. Mark records two more miracles in chapter seven in verses twenty nine to thirty five where by a girl delivered from demon s and a deaf-mute is healed. The last two miracles in this range are found in verses six to twenty five of the eighth chapter where Jesus feeds four thousand and opens the eyes of the blind at Bethsaida (Authorized King James Version, Mar. 8:6-25).
Question Two, the Book of Daniel Chapter Seven Background
In many incidences, Jesus is referred to as the son of man the identity of the Messiah’s ability to identify with the weakness of man, yet exulted above all names, powers and dominion. Jesus used this phrase attached with transcended pictures such as clouds, Angels and power in many incidences. Such statements can be found in the books of Mathew chapter twenty six and verse sixty four, Mark chapter thirteen and verse twenty six and also Mark chapter fourteen and verse sixty two (Mar. 14:62).
Question Three, Mark Chapter 10, verses 17-31
The subject of wealth and the kingdom is inseparable because silver and gold belonging to God. The earth and all that fills it belong to God (Flynn 32). In the book of Luke chapter twelve and verses sixteen to twenty first, Jesus criticizes riches of a foolish man who had bounty harvest. Luke chapter sixteen and verses nineteen to thirty first is another story of criticism whereby Jesus talked of the rich man who suffered after this life. Riches are good in the hands of those who are obedient to God, but evil when in the wrong hands of the disobedient evil people. In other words money helps us to manifest who really we are in the inner being. If only we can master money, money will be an obedient servant, but if we serve money, money will be cruel masters (Sinetar 6)
I totally agree with Jesus’ judgments on those e who are rich in the sense that riches are deceptive and the rich spend allot of their time on their riches than they do to honor God. On the same note, I would conclude that if we esteem God as the source of our resources then we will prove to be good stewards thus prompting God to increase our possessions.
Carroll, Robert, and Stephen Prickett, eds. The Bible: Authorized King James Version. Oxford University Press, 2008.
Fisher, Kathleen M., and Urban C. von Wahlde. “The Miracles of Mark 4: 35-5: 43 Their Meaning and Function in the Gospel Framework.” Biblical Theology Bulletin: A Journal of Bible and Theology 11.1 (1981): 13-16.
Flynn, John Thomas. God’s gold: The story of Rockefeller and his times. Ludwig von Mises Institute, 1933.
Senior, Donald. The Passion of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark. Vol. 2. Liturgical Press, 1984.
Sinetar, Marsha. Do what you love, the money will follow: Discovering your right livelihood. Random House LLC, 2011.