Mark13a Notes

Mark13a (vs1-13)                                      Notes



1   And as He came out of the temple, one of the disciples said to Him,


Long   day of teaching finally ended. Leaving the temple for the last time. An   excited, but un-named follower exclaims...


"Look,   Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!"


The   grandeur of this structure overwhelming. Josephus writes of huge stones and   endless embellishments. Near 50 years in building so far -- with another 30 to   go.


2   And Jesus said to him, "Do you see these great buildings?


Yes,   take a good long look. Behold the marvelous structure and contemplate this...


There   will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down."


This   will all be laid waste -- in rubble, every single piece torn to ground. What a   horrific thought for a Jew of that time!




3   And as He sat on the Mount of Olives   opposite the temple,


Now,   the "Olivet Discourse." Looking back over the Kidron at white marble &   gold -- setting sun in the background...


Peter   and James and John and Andrew asked Him privately,


4   closest followers inquire further into this prediction -- improper to discuss   in public. Remember this small audience as we read on.


4   "Tell us, when will these things be,


Sincere   question, taking the Lord's announcement seriously. Q1: What time?


and   what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?"


Q2:   What sign or predictive indication? Such a catastrophe must bring major   change. Can we see it coming & be prepared?


5   And Jesus began to say to them,


His   explanation goes on at some length. It starts something like this...


"See   that no one leads you astray.


Don't   be fooled. In perilous times the heart seeks stability -- too often willing to   accept a bad substitute for real security.


6   Many will come in my name, saying, "I am he!"


Pretenders   to authority will be many. Hunger for the Messiah widespread. Expecting His   deliverance. How can we tell the real Son?


and   they will lead many astray.


These   counterfeits successful at gathering followers, who give their faith away to   a false Christ. What a waste of heart & live!


7   And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed.


Civil   unrest, social disturbance certain to come. Anticipation more terrifying than   real war. Don't let this unsettle your minds.


This   must take place, but the end it not yet.


Such   turmoil even essential, part of the divine plan -- in this world. But, this is   NOT the end.


8   For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.


Redundancy   for emphasis: one political enterprise in constant conflict with another.


There   will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines.


Even   the earth rumbles underfoot! - and the skies withhold their rain. The very   natural world unsettled and disturbing daily life.


These   are but the beginning of the birth pains.


As   a woman having contractions while final labor is a long way off. "False   labor" not predictive of the end. Note: a NON-sign.




9   But be on your guard.


Keep   your wits about you. Don't follow your emotions or be weak & susceptible   to folding in the face of coming hardship.


For   they will deliver you over to councils,


Now,   the world resists those who are different. Sanhedrins will put you on trial   (Ax4&5).


and   you will be beaten in synagogues,


Religious   gatherings will force their discipline on you (Ax5.40 / 2Cor11.24).


and   you will stand before governors and kings for my sake,


Political   rules will sit in judgment on you for being followers of the Messiah.


to   witness before them.


Your   task is to tell them the truth about Me! Find your purpose: to speak up for   Me.


10   And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations.


The   Good News will spread to every society on earth, despite (or because of)   these hard times.


11   And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over,


When   you are brought to man's judgment...


do   not be anxious beforehand what you are to say,


do   not worry to prepare a speech in your own defense


but   say whatever is given you in that hour,


When   the time comes say what comes to mind. Premeditation will spoil the timely word.


for   it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.


Realize   that my spokesmen answer for Me, not themselves, and My Spirit guides their   answer.


12   And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child,


Brothers   and even fathers will be so enamored of the worldly system as to surrender   family to the authorities!


and   children will rise against parents and have them put to death.


Their   own offspring -- fooled into compliance to the popular view -- will have   parents executed!


13   And you will be hated by all for my name's sake.


Practically   everyone will despise you for being a follower of Jesus.


But   the one who endures to the end will be saved.


Resisting   this pressure -- answering it with persistent faith -- will become your   deliverance. Saved through the fire, not from it.



Note: The Lord concentrates His admonitions on the need for His followers to remain loyal to Him through the turmoil of coming generations. Whatever happens as the world spins into chaos, the faith of the disciple is his guiding star. Jesus is far more concerned about the advancement of the gospel than the hows and whens of world events. The coming destruction of Jerusalem will be His judgment on the Jews for rejecting Him as Messiah. All the surrounding events will give opportunity for the advancement of God's Kingdom. Jesus must increase while Moses decreases. Proclaiming the gospel is the church's business and we must see to it -- and not be distracted by politics.





notes by David Teel Sunday, September 28, 2014