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April 23, 2016: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Mark 13-14

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Commentary:  Jesus is able to describe future events that are going to occur, but shows His humanity when He admits He does not when the foretold events will occur.  While awaiting Passover, Jesus dined at the house of Simon the Leper.  A women (identified in other Gospels as Mary, sister of Martha and Lazarus) anointed Jesus with a perfume, valued at a whole year’s wages!  She was criticized for the act, however Jesus rebuked the disciples.  He was on earth for a limited time, but the poor would always be there to help.  During the Passover, Jesus’ final meal with His disciples, Jesus linked the old celebration with the new (Communion).  He also warned that one of them would betray Him; a great insult after breaking bread with a person.  After the meal, Jesus and His disciples went to pray at the Garden of Gethsemane.  Jesus’ humanity is again shown through His prayer to His father.  Jesus willingly allowed Himself to be arrested, rebuking attempts at violence.  Jesus was taken before the religious leaders of the day to stand trial, but they were unable to find testimony that agreed.  According to Jewish law, in order for a person to be sentenced to death, there must be two witnesses whose testimony agrees with one another.  Out of desperation, the chief priest asks Jesus if He is the Son of God.  Jesus, for the first time, publicly identifies Himself as such.  He was immediately condemned to die, breaking Jewish law which requires a day between conviction and sentencing.

Focus Verses:  14:32-42  How did Jesus show His humanity?  What can be learned from His prayer?  How do you pray?

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