Monday, January 13

Psalm: 127, 128, 129

Meditation

Mark: You will notice early on that the gospel of Mark is the shortest of all the gospels. Mark (through the Holy Spirit) packed as much as possible in each word – which makes his words weightier. The language in Mark has a sense of urgency and movement. Mark’s description of John the Baptist paints him as the quintessential prophet (of the ilk of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel etc.). “At once [or immediately] the Spirit sent [better drove] Him [Jesus] out into the desert” (v. 12) Other translations use such terms as “expels, drives out”. Forceful words – the very nature of the Holy Spirit.

Gospel: Mark 1:1-13

New Testament: Ephesians 1:1-14

Old Testament: Isaiah 40:12-23

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