Mark 14c Notes

Mark14c (vs32-52)                          Notes

 

                                                                                                                             
  

32   And they went to a place called Gethsemane.

  
  

location   named "oil press / vat" / 8 ancient trees just over the Kedron wash mile E   of Jer

  
  

And   He said to His disciples, "Sit here while I pray."

  
  

"settle   / tarry here." He appoints followers to wait aside. He needs time alone to   worship.

  
  

33   And He took with Him Peter and James and John,

  
  

3   closest go along further -- to support Him as dearest friends should

  
  

and   began to be greatly distressed and troubled.

  
  

"commenced"   a protracted interchange -- in severe astonishment and heavy-heartedness.

  
  

34   And He said to them, "My soul is very sorrowful, even to death."

  
  

announcement   to clarify His struggle to these friends: "My very breath in deathly sorrow."

  
  

"Remain   here and watch."

  
  

Their   task, while He engaged this spiritual struggle: Stay awake / keep watch / be   vigilant.

  
  

35   And going a little farther, He fell on the ground

  
  

On   into the trees alone. He settled on the soil -- posture bowing to a burdened   heart.

  
  

and   prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him.

  
  

seeking   a way to get by this terrible time -- heart recoiling from the prospect of the   cross

  
  

36   And He said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for You."

  
  

Not   far. Endeared Father - "Daddy, You can do anything; please make a way..."

  
  

Remove   this cup from Me.

  
  

The   horror of being made sin (2Cor5.21) -- to bear Divine rejection. See Psa75.8 /   Isa51.17.

  
  

Yet   not what I will, but what you will."

  
  

His   individual will struggling to rejoin the Father's. How Heb5.7 knows He was   heard:  blessed to submit to Father's   will.

  
  

37   And He came and found them sleeping,

  
  

Their   Lord absent long enough they found rest when & where they could

  
  

and   He said to Peter, "Simon, are you asleep?" Could you not watch one hour?

  
  

particularly   Peter, who so vowed loyalty (vs29&31). How can you support Me so?

  
  

38   Watch and pray that you might not enter into temptation.

  
  

Unaware   of the imminence and harshness of the coming trial, we don't think to   prepare.

  
  

The   spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

  
  

Dichotomy   of our nature -- higher vs. lower selves. Which part will gain control?

  
  

39   And again He went away and prayed, saying the same words.

  
  

Take   2. This type of repetition necessary & good. Seeking aid in every moment.

  
  

40   And again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy,

  
  

Again   long enough for their weariness to pull them into slumber.

  
  

and   they did not know what to answer Him.

  
  

Implication   they were awakened, yet not sharp of mind & no excuse for not watching.

  
  

41   And He came the third time and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and   taking your rest?

  
  

Take   3. Implication of 3rd time of prayer. Upon His return, He asked,   "Not enough rest yet?"

  
  

It   is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of   sinners.

  
  

Time   is up. Ready or not, the test begins. The Human One delivered to sinners to   mistreat.

  
  

42   Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand."

  
  

No   hiding or recoiling. Let's go and meet them! Not by name, but by role:   'betrayer.'

  

 

                                                                                   
  

43   And immediately, while He was still speaking,

  
  

His   uncanny prescience called this event down to the second -- right on His cue.

  
  

Judas   came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs,

  
  

Now,   Mark writes his name. 1 of the 12 is wide awake! Accompanied by an armed   gang.

  
  

from   the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.

  
  

Every   class of Jewish leadership engaged in apprehending this dangerous man.

  
  

44   Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, "The one I will kiss is the   man.

  
  

This   token pretended affection allowed access to the Lord w/o suspicion from the   disciples.

  
  

Seize   him and lead him away under guard."

  
  

Mark   knows their pre-arranged plot -- this is precisely how it played out.

  
  

45   And when he came, he went up to Him at once and said, "Rabbi!" And he kissed   Him.

  
  

To   preserve the element of surprise, he went immed. into action. His final word   & gift.

  
  

46   And they laid hands on Him and seized Him.

  
  

The   gang sprang into action -- anxious to do what they came for.

  
  

47   But one of those who stood by drew his sword

  
  

Unnamed   defender stepped forward with force against force.

  
  

and   struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear.

  
  

A   swing landed along the ducking head of one of the gang.

  
  

48   And Jesus said to them, "Have you come out as against a robber,

  
  

Isn't   your treatment of Me here unfitting? Have I ever presented such a threat to   others?...

  
  

with   swords and clubs to capture Me?

  
  

As   you are to ME now? Who really is the aggressor here? Who is driven by fear?

  
  

49   Day after day I was in the temple teaching, and you did not seize Me.

  
  

Multiple   opportunities to examine and to stifle His work. Why not do this in public?

  
  

But   let the Scriptures be fulfilled."

  
  

A   word to the disciples: Let it be. This has been planned for centuries. Allow   it.

  
  

50   And they all left Him and fled.

  
  

The   fulfillment of the Lord's earlier prediction (v27). In the face of defeat, He   is abandoned.

  

 

                 
  

51   And a young man followed Him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body.

  
  

An   un-named friend had come out to the garden. Perhaps the writer of this   gospel*.

  
  

And   they seized him,

  
  

Lingered   close as Jesus was taken away -- enough to be grabbed by some of the gang.

  
  

52   but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked.

  
  

Tore   away from his assailants, leaving his only light clothing in their hands.

  

 

*It was perhaps the home of Mary, mother of John Mark - where the disciples met to pray for Peter (Ax12.12) -- that hosted the Passover for Jesus & the 12 in the city. Judas could have brought the gang there first -- in attempt to find Jesus where he had left Him at the table. Knowing that He went next to the garden, Judas then lead them there. John Mark may have hurried out in his night-dress (bath robe) to warn Jesus or see what was happening. He was almost caught as the band left the garden.

 

notes by David Teel Saturday, November 01, 2014

 




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