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May 2010

Devotion Time: May 31-June 6, 2010

Here is the recommended personal devotions schedule. Monday to Thursday For each weekday, from Monday to Thursday, – Read the assigned text several times – Do Inductive Bible Study using the questions and prompts provided in the downloadable packet – Personal Reflection based on the questions in the packet. Friday Read the assigned New Testament passage. […]

Mark 14 Commentary

vv.1-2 “Passover commemorated the liberation of the nation from Egypt, when God sent a plague that took the lives of the Egyptians’ firstborn.  The Israelites were spared by dabbing their doorways with the blood of a slaughtered lamb.  Many in Jesus’ day saw this first deliverance as the model for their final liberation.  Pilgrims came […]

Mark 13 Commentary

vv.1-4 As Jesus and the disciples leave the Temple, the disciples are awestruck by the size and complexity of the Temple complex.  Josephus, a Jewish historian, described the Temple during Jesus’ time: Now the outward face of the temple … was covered all over with plates of gold of great weight, and, at the first […]

Devotion Time: May 24-30, 2010

Here is the recommended personal devotions schedule. Monday to Thursday For each weekday, from Monday to Thursday, – Read the assigned text several times – Do Inductive Bible Study using the questions and prompts provided in the downloadable packet – Personal Reflection based on the questions in the packet. Friday Read the assigned New Testament passage. […]

Devotion Time: May 17-23, 2010

Here is the recommended personal devotions schedule. Monday to Thursday For each weekday, from Monday to Thursday, – Read the assigned text several times – Do Inductive Bible Study using the questions and prompts provided in the downloadable packet – Personal Reflection based on the questions in the packet. Friday Read the assigned New Testament passage. […]

Mark 12 Commentary

vv.1-12 “This parable of judgment is addressed primarily to the religious leaders of Israel (vv. 1, 12). The story draws on everyday life. Disputes between absentee landlords, their representatives (in this case, a servant), and tenants were common (vv. 3–5). The attempt to seize the land by killing the rightful heir is bold but plausible […]

Mark 11 Commentary

v.1 “Bethphage and Bethany were villages near Jerusalem. Very probably Bethphage means house of figs and Bethany means house of dates. They must have been very close because we know from the Jewish law that Bethphage was one of the circle of villages which marked the limit of a Sabbath day’s journey, that is, less […]

Devotion Time: May 10-16, 2010

Here is the recommended personal devotions schedule. Monday to Thursday For each weekday, from Monday to Thursday, – Read the assigned text several times – Do Inductive Bible Study using the questions and prompts provided in the downloadable packet – Personal Reflection based on the questions in the packet. Friday Read the assigned New Testament passage. […]

Mark 10 Commentary

vv.1-16 “Jesus typically fends off his opponents by going on the counterattack. When the Pharisees ask whether divorce is lawful, he asks them, ‘What did Moses command you?’ This rejoinder recasts the issue from a hypothetical debate about some unspecified husband to a command directed to them. It also exposes a fatal flaw in the […]

Devotion Time: May 3-9, 2010

Here is the recommended personal devotions schedule. Monday to Thursday For each weekday, from Monday to Thursday, – Read the assigned text several times – Do Inductive Bible Study using the questions and prompts provided in the downloadable packet – Personal Reflection based on the questions in the packet. Friday Read the assigned New Testament passage. […]