The Gospel of Mark, Chapter 9

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

And welcome once again to ‘The Gospel of Mark’!

If you’ve been following this Biblical blog series of mine, you know the drill. Otherwise, click on the tag link for ‘the gospel of mark’ below to catch up on what I’ve shared in my summaries in Mark’s Gospel so far. For these blog posts, I summarise the Biblical life story of Jesus Christ, the son of God.

Last time in Chapter 8 of Mark’s Gospel, we looked into how Jesus fed the four thousand. Then Jesus talks about the Yeast of the Pharisees and Herod to his disciples before healing a blind man in Bethsaida. Peter declares Jesus is the Messiah; Jesus predicts his death and talks of the way of the cross.

Let’s find out what happens to Jesus in Chapter 9 of Mark’s Gospel. Enjoy!

The Gospel of Mark, Chapter 9

It was six days later after Chapter 8 when Jesus took his three disciples Peter, James and John with him up to a high mountain. There they were alone and Jesus transfigured before Peter, James and John. His clothes became dazzling white and Elijah and Moses appeared before Jesus, talking to him.

Peter offered to put up three shelters for Jesus, Moses and Elijah. A cloud then appeared and covered the group. A voice came out from the cloud saying, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” After this, the three disciples saw that Jesus was alone and Moses and Elijah weren’t there anymore.

Jesus told his three disciples strictly not to tell anyone what they had seen as they came down the mountain. Peter, James and John kept the matter to themselves and discussed what Jesus meant when he told them not to tell anyone what they’d seen till the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

The three disciples then asked Jesus, “Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?” Jesus answered that Elijah does come first to restore all things and all was done to him as it was written in the Bible. He then asks them why it is written the Son of Man must suffer many things.

Jesus and his three disciples returned to the other disciples where there was a large crowd gathered around them. The teachers of the law argued with the disciples and Jesus asked why they were arguing with each other. A man from the crowd then came to Jesus and brought his son with them.

Apparently the man’s son was possessed by an evil spirit as it robbed him of speech. When the spirit has control of the boy, it throws him to the ground and convulses him. It turns out the man had asked Jesus’ disciples to drive out the evil spirit from the boy. But Jesus’ disciples couldn’t achieve this.

Dismayed, Jesus then summons the boy to be brought over to him. Once the boy was brought to Jesus, the spirit inside the boy saw Jesus and threw the boy into a convulsion. The boy fell to the ground, foaming at the mouth. Jesus is then told by the boy’s father that he’s been like this since his childhood.

After the boy’s father gradually puts his belief in Jesus to heal the boy, Jesus does so and rebukes the evil spirit inside the boy in front of everyone. Jesus commands the spirit to come out of the boy and it does so. After many assumed that the boy was dead, Jesus lifted the boy to his feet and he stood up.

Once this was done, Jesus’ disciples asked him privately why they couldn’t drive out the evil spirit from the boy themselves. Jesus told his disciples that this kind of evil can only come out of a person via prayer. They then left the place and passed through Galilee where Jesus again predicted his death.

Jesus didn’t want anyone to know where he and his disciples were as he was teaching them. He gives the prediction of his death to his disciples but they still did not understand his words. They were afraid to ask Jesus about it. They then entered Capernaum. Jesus asked his disciples something in a house.

He asked them what they’d been arguing about on the road to Capernaum. It turns out they had argued who was the greatest. Jesus called his disciples to sit down and told them, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, the servant of all.” He demonstrated by taking a child to him.

Jesus said to his disciples that “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” John then told Jesus that the disciples saw someone driving out demons in his name. The disciples told him to stop.

Jesus tells his disciples to not stop that man, since no one who does a miracle in his name can in the next moment say anything bad about him. He truthfully tells his disciples that anyone who gives a cup of water in his name to someone who belongs to the Messiah certainly won’t lose their reward.

There are then some words by Jesus on what happens when someone sins. He says if anyone causes someone to sin, it would be better for that person to have a large millstone hung around his neck and be thrown into the sea. Jesus also talks about the hand; the foot and the eye causing people to sin.

Jesus tells his disciples to cut off that hand; that foot and that eye causing to sin, since it is better to enter life maimed; crippled and half blind than to be thrown into hell. Jesus then goes on to talk about salt; saying if salt loses it saltiness, how can someone make it salty again to be at peace again.

That’s it for Chapter 9 of Mark’s Gospel. Stay tuned next week for Chapter 10.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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