Read the Bible in 2011–2021* ◊ Week 17: Saturday
Today’s Bible reading is Mark 13–14. Before you begin reading, remember to pray and ask God to teach you and give you understanding of His Word.
These chapters continue to record the days of Holy Week. The drumbeat of Jesus’ betrayal mark everything that occurred as events build up to His crucifixion.
In chapter 13 Jesus prophesies the destruction of the Temple, and then goes with His disciples to the Mount of Olives where He warns them of the times to come, the persecution they will experience, and the signs of His return. Chapter 14 begins:
Next Jesus is eating in Bethany at the home of Simon the Leper. After Mary anoints His feet, Judas leaves.
Mark next describes the Passover meal Jesus ate with the twelve. Here He predicts His betrayal:
They return to the Mount of Olives, and at a place called Gethsemane, we read Jesus’ heart-rending cry as He prays before facing His coming death.
Chapter 14 concludes with Jesus before the high priest, the priests, the elders, and the scribes, and Peter’s denial.
Betrayal, betrayal, betrayal, hammers out those last few days. Alan Cole writes:
“All the Gospels make plain the Lord’s knowledge that one of the Twelve would betray Him; the quotation here [Mark 14:20] of Psalm xli.9 makes plain some of the agony in the Lord’s heart.”1
Who ate my bread,
Has lifted up his heel against me.
Spend time in prayer, thanking God for His Son, Jesus, who loved us, and suffered for us that we could be forgiven and made new in Him.
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Olive Trees in the Garden of Gethsemane: Chad Rosenthal. (CC BY 2.0).
1R. A. Cole, The Gospel of Mark: An Introduction and Commentary (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids MI: 1961) 213.
*In 2011 I started a year-long series of posts, “Read the Bible in 2011.” You can find the other posts in the navigation menu in the header. If a day doesn’t have a link to a post, the post was simply a brief reminder about the reading. I’m filling in some of those gaps with new posts with “Read the Bible in 2011 Redux” as a category.
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