Mark Chapter 01:21-45
verses for this week: Luke 9:5 And
whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off
the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.
We continue with our study
of Mark Chapter 1 this week. Perhaps no chapter is more full of
information (with possible exception of Genesis Chapter 1), than the
first book of Mark. It covers the ministry of John the Baptist
showing the fulfillment of the prophecies in Isaiah and Malachi. It
takes in the first year’s ministry of Jesus. In the first part of the
chapter last week, we covered the ministry of John the Baptist, the
Baptism of Christ by John, the following temptations Christ faced of
Satan, and we closed with the call of Peter and Andrew to come and
I. Jesus Casts Out
Demons in Capernaum
Mark 1:21 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the
sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught.
Mark 1:22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught
them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.
Jesus chose Capernaum as the headquarters of His great
Galilean ministry. This was a large commercial city and was on the
main road of caravan traffic between Egypt and Damascus. Note how
that on the Sabbath Day, Jesus entered into the synagogue and
taught. The synagogue was a place that the Jews gathered on the
Sabbath day and taught the people the Word of God. There was a
substantial difference in how Jesus taught than the Pharisees and
scribes. He taught them with authority, and it astonished them
about his doctrine. His doctrine was true, and it was from the
Father. Jesus knew more about the word of God than all the scribes
because it was His words.
John 1:1 In the
beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
John 1:2 The same
was in the beginning with God.
John 1:3 All things
were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was
Mark 1:23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean
spirit; and he cried out,
Mark 1:24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou
Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou
art, the Holy One of God.
Mark 1:25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come
out of him.
Mark 1:26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with
a loud voice, he came out of him.
This unclean spirit inside the man has a conversation with
Christ. No doubt he had possessed this man and controlled him. He
knew who Jesus was… he calls him ‘The Holy One of God.’ It is sad
that evil spirits recognize Jesus for who he is and many today don’t
have a clue.
Acts 19:13 Then
certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over
them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We
adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
Acts 19:14 And there
were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which
Acts 19:15 And the
evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who
Mark 1:27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned
among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is
this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and
they do obey him.
Mark 1:28 And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all
the region round about Galilee.
The people wonder at Christ and question who and what he
teaches… he has power over even unclean spirits. Because of his great
powers…his fame spread abroad.
In the Believers Study Bible, W. A. Criswell pointed out
that Christ demonstrated his authority in several ways in chapter 1 of
As the Messiah, Jesus demonstrates His “authority” in several
ways as His ministry begins: (1) He “taught them as one having
authority” (v. 22); (2) He commanded demons “with authority,” and they
obeyed Him (v. 27); and (3) in healing people who were sick, Jesus
proved His authority over disease (v. 31).
Adam Clarke in his commentary said this about Christ’s fame
And immediately his fame
miracle which he had performed was—
2. evidenced much
benevolence in the worker of it; and
3. was very public,
being wrought in the synagogue.
The many who saw it
published it wherever they went; and thus the fame of Christ, as an
incomparable teacher, and unparalleled worker of miracles, became soon
spread abroad through the land.
II. Simon’s Mother in
Law is Healed of a Fever
Mark 1:29 And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue,
they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
Mark 1:30 But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and anon
they tell him of her.
Mark 1:31 And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up;
and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.
This is a very interesting verse. The Catholic Church claims
that Simon Peter was the first pope, yet the doctrine seems to
conflict with what they teach. It is clear that Simon was married,
but they teach that the priests are not to marry. Peter certainly
was not the first pope. We of the New Testament that have been saved
only have one high priest, and that is Jesus Christ. And Peter was
the pastor of the first church there in Jerusalem. This church was
in existence many years before the Catholic church was ever formed.
Jesus comes to this lady and who is very sick with the fever and
heals her. It says the fever left her immediately. This proves
what great love Christ had for the people. God ordained the family as
the first institution long before he created the church.
III. Demons Cast Out
Mark 1:32 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him
all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.
Mark 1:33 And all the city was gathered together at the door.
Mark 1:34 And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases,
and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak,
because they knew him.
The Jewish Sabbath began from sunset of Friday (around 6pm)
and ended on sunset of Saturday. During this time, on one could carry
any burden. So as soon as the sun went down Saturday evening, the
people began to bring those were sick or demon possessed to the door
of Peter’s house. The news of what had happened at the synagogue
with Christ had spread throughout the city. All of the city was
there at Peter’s house hoping that Christ might come and heal them.
And when he came out, it says that he healed many that were sick and
cast out many of the demons possessing these people. It says Christ
would not let the devils speak, perhaps due that they were speaking
words that had their source in Satan.
IV. Jesus Preaches
in the Synagogues Through All Galilee
Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day,
he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
Mark 1:36 And Simon and they that were with him followed after
Mark 1:37 And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men
seek for thee.
Mark 1:38 And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns,
that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.
Mark 1:39 And he preached in their synagogues throughout all
Galilee, and cast out devils.
We find Jesus going out to a solitary place to pray. If
Christ needed to do this, how much more do you and I need to do this…
We need to come aside and pray. We are commanded to go into the
closet to pray, meaning God wants us to come aside and have time
talking to him and him alone. In verse 38, Christ went into other
towns for the purpose of preaching the word of God to them. While he
was preaching, he took the time to cast out demons. Christ cared for
everyone, and still does today. Oh that people could see him for the
loving Saviour that he is.
Luke 13:34 O
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them
that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children
together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would
Luke 13:35 Behold,
your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye
shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he
that cometh in the name of the Lord.
V. A Leper is Healed
Mark 1:40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and
kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst
make me clean.
Mark 1:41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand,
and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.
Mark 1:42 And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy
departed from him, and he was cleansed.
Lepers were considered unclean and so were required to keep a
safe distance from their fellow Jews. This was so that they would not
contaminate them ceremonially. Certain rules existed about who could
come forth for worship and you could not have contact with a leper.
This leper came hurriedly to Jesus for help. Since he sensed no
opposition from the Master, he continued until he knelt right in front
of him. He was so near, that Jesus could reach out and touch him.
The leper acknowledged the power of Jesus. He knew that Jesus could
make him whole. And Christ did that very thing. Christ was moved
with compassion and he puts forth his hand and tells him to be clean.
All the master had to say was “I will.” What power Jesus commands.
John 6:35 And Jesus
said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall
never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
John 6:36 But I said
unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.
John 6:37 All that
the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I
will in no wise cast out.
John 6:38 For I came
down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that
John 6:39 And this
is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath
given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the
Mark 1:43 And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him
Mark 1:44 And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but
go thy way, show thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing
those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
Immediately the leprosy left the man who had come to
Christ. Jesus then gives him instructions. There had only been one
leper healed in the time of Elisha.
Luke 4:27 And many
lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of
them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.
Jesus tells the man to go to the priest and offer for his
cleansing as had been commanded in the law by Moses.
Lev 14:28 And the
priest shall put of the oil that is in his hand upon the tip of the
right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his
right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot, upon the place
of the blood of the trespass offering:
Lev 14:29 And the
rest of the oil that is in the priest's hand he shall put upon the
head of him that is to be cleansed, to make an atonement for him
before the LORD.
Lev 14:30 And he
shall offer the one of the turtledoves, or of the young pigeons, such
as he can get;
Lev 14:31 Even such
as he is able to get, the one for a sin offering, and the other for a
burnt offering, with the meat offering: and the priest shall make an
atonement for him that is to be cleansed before the LORD.
Lev 14:32 This is
the law of him in whom is the plague of leprosy, whose hand is not
able to get that which pertaineth to his cleansing.
Mark 1:45 But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to
blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly
enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came
to him from every quarter.
Instead of going to the priest as Christ commanded, the man
goes everywhere telling others what Jesus had done for him. It was
such a big thing at the time that Christ could not deal with all the
people who flocked to him. It says he had to go out in the desert
places since people came from every quarter. It would be a great
thing if all of us who are saved would tell others about what Jesus
has done for us to the extent that others would seek out the Lord like
they did in this day.
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