Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Indian Head, MD
The Key to your release
January 31, 2021

The Key to your release

January 31, 2021

Mark 1:21-28
New International Version

21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. 23 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, 24 “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

25 “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” 26 The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.

27 The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.” 28 News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee.

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Background

The opening scenes in Mark 1 place more emphasis on the power of Jesus’ word than on explaining the content of the message summarized in vv. 14–15. Jesus enters the synagogue at Capernaum and astonishes the crowd with the authority of his teaching (vv. 21–22). Teaching in the synagogue brings Jesus into conflict with the scribes, who were experts in interpreting the Law (2:6). Mark consistently sets up Jewish religious leaders as opponents of Jesus. Scribes appear alongside most of the other groups mentioned in the Gospel. They are associated with local Pharisees in the Galilean ministry (2:16; 7:5) and work with Jerusalem officials during the passion narrative (14:1, 43, 53; 15:1, 31). As the story unfolds, readers learn that the scribes and Pharisees are disturbed by the challenge that Jesus’ teaching and activity pose to their traditions (2:16; 3:22; 7:5).[1]

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[1] Pheme Perkins, “The Gospel of Mark,” in New Interpreter’s Bible, ed. Leander E. Keck, vol. 8 (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1994–2004), 540–541.

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